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We catch up with Georgia Gersh in her spacious shop on 218 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, where she is seated at her broad central table, cutting out pieces of colored paper for her collage gift cards: "People love getting them and even framing them," she says, merrily glueing on tinsel dots.
Her shop -- she prefers to call magpie a shop, and resists capitalization, to keep it on the casual and unpretentious -- is crammed with colorful, displayable, adorable and, most important, affordable stuff. And to get inside the three-room enclave the visitor has to pass the large front wall featuring the intriguing landscapes by George Schaub: Are they photographs? Are they paintings? You squint closer and you see that they are both.
'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...
I arrived back in Taos from Florida in early February 2020, after a 14-years absence. Hustling to unload my moving van on the heels of a snowstorm, I just made it to New Mexico before the pandemic shut down the country.
Who could have known the consequences as people hunkered down in the coming months? For some reason I felt blissfully happy in the right place at the right time. I was jumping off a treadmill of packing, leaving what everyone calls Paradise, joyful to remove myself.
... In her artist's statement, Herrman offers insight into her process. "My paintings are an investigation of patterns found in nature. While I am primarily a studio painter, I am immersed in nature just outside my windows. Nature is my touchstone. My work straddles both representational and abstract imagery as I strive to find the essence of my subject."
Herrman's show runs through May 27 at magpie. Tempo reached out to the artist who was traveling, but kindly took the time to respond to our questions.
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.
'I am so happy to feature Nora Anthony as my first artist to be showcased at Magpie's new location," says Georgia Gersh, who recently reopened her popular gallery after closing when COVID hit.
"This collection represents some of her rare works en plein air as well as her acclaimed 'Frank's Field' series," Gersh explains. "Anthony's paintings are at once fundamentally contemporary and timeless in their palette and execution."
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.