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magpie's featured artist for October and November is well-known  painter Alice Webb.  Her fauvist en plein air oil paintings seem made for the season. Webb  grew up in Fort Worth, Texas near the museum district, where as a child she was exposed to the arts.

It was not long ago the two, blossoming artists were enmeshed in their New England lifestyle of long winters, gray skies, and the close quarters not always recognized until a more expansive landscape is introduced. Graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design, Hazel Elsbach and Sylvie Mayer had often talked about living in New Mexico but as Elsbach explained, "life intervened," and they remained rooted in the East Coast.

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The Pleistocene epoch that began 2.6 million years ago sent ice in waves through Yosemite. Glaciers gouged out great valleys along the Merced and Tuolumne rivers, ice sheets rounded granite domes, cirques sculpted the High Sierras. John Muir traced virtually every landscape feature of Yosemite to its legacy of ice.

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Men with Candy, a playful frolic in oil on canvas, opens Saturday, July 24, from 5 to 9 p.m. with sweet treats and libations at the studio of Taos artist Carrie Schultz, located just across the courtyard from the Blumenschein Museum, 222 Ledoux Street.

Schultz says "put on some fresh lipstick, it's time for dessert. This show is a collection of portrait studies of handsome men with sugary treats. It is the most unserious fine art in town. Are we objectifying men? Perhaps. It's really all about the candy though."

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When Tempo introduced Mark Maggiori to our readers recently, we exposed but a fraction of this French ex-pat’s proverbial iceberg. We heard about his first road trip across America at age 15 (with the same uncle who later encouraged him to study at the Academie Julien in Paris) and his arrival here in Taos, but there is so much more to discover beneath the surface of things where Maggiori is concerned.

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Taking in the world from above fills Chris Dahl-Bredine’s heart with hope and opens his mind to think big.

He loves to impart what it’s like to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Four Corners region from the open cockpit of his ultralight aircraft, but words alone aren’t enough to properly convey the feelings of freedom and awe.

It’s through his incredible images that the 52-year-old, Taos-based aerial photographer shares the rarefied air he inhabits in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the skies are their calmest and the landscapes adorned in the most brilliant light.

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In a special town council meeting Tuesday (June 29), councilors unanimously passed an amendment to the existing emergency order surrounding the coronavirus pandemic requiring all those in the town limits on public property to wear a mask in public or face a petty misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500. The order took effect immediately.

Works by Taos photographer Steven Bundy are featured in an exhibit titled "10 Degrees of Gray," which opens with a reception Saturday (Nov. 2), 5-7 p.m., at the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street. Admission is free.