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'I am reluctant to call magpie a gallery," says the longtime Taos gallerist Georgia Gersh, enjoying her new space on 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, just north of Taos Plaza. "A gallery is focused only on art, but I have a lot of functional stuff, like pottery and lip balm and candles. It isn't pretentious like a gallery! It's a shop." [This is also why she lower cases the name magpie, stressing its unpretentiousness.]
Having reopened last Oct. 1, Gersh's shop is going great guns, featuring one artist on her large entry wall every two months, along with her stable of about 40 artists who have been with her...
Writing on a snowy Valentine's night, 20 years later. I remember dressing up in 2001. We are celebrating our first Valentine's day. Painted vase, beautiful see-through shawl, candles and those 'almost' clumsy hands making the presentation. Those hands could type away. We walked through the snow holding hands from his house on Leatherman to the old Dragonfly. We had moved beyond hiking and long discussion and I had already been hired to sell ads and write for HorseFly. I was also becoming used to being edited.
At the age of 78, Ray Wolf says he paints when he feels it. "Sometimes for hours on end," he adds, "and others with several days in between."
A Taos resident for over 20 years, Wolf has been surprisingly under represented in Taos. The artist's work can be seen at Rottenstone Pottery in Arroyo Seco and he has participated in many group shows in town over the years.
This has been the year of Zoom meetings, which has worked well as a substitute for an office setting, but for those whose livelihood relies upon an abundance of tourist and foot traffic, this has been a particularly challenging time.
The Taos Arts Council, ever mindful of supporting the many artists in Taos County, took matters in their own hands to sponsor the holiday show “Taos Today.”
When Georgia Gersh closed her popular gallery Magpie Taos at the Overland Ranch complex earlier this year, right after being featured on one of this editor's first Tempo covers, Taos' art community mourned its loss. Magpie was long a magnet for both established and up-and-coming artists who clamored to show in Gersh's lovingly curated space, filled with all manner of art and crafts made locally.
The self-described outlaw artist, poet and former member of Magic Tortoise Commune in La Lama, Bill Gersh would have been 75 on July 15.His daughter Georgia is the owner of the …