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Spanning across a century, the lives of three artists - two, no longer with us; one very much alive and present - cross paths. Two were instrumental for putting the town on the map as the most ground-breaking art colony in the U.S.; one, having worked in the preserved studio of the other's livelihoods, is reinvigorating its art scene in a major way.
The show, titled "Pop Chalee: Yippee Ki Yay," opened to the public Sunday (Sept. 12) and will continue through March 2022. The show especially makes note of Pop Chalee's induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Oct. 26, in Fort Worth, Texas, along with country music star Miranda Lambert of Texas, and Western wear hat designer and former rodeo performer Lavonna "Shorty" Koger of Oklahoma.
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.
Davison Koenig, executive director and curator for the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, is fond of quoting the late author Frank Waters and his take on the community Waters knew as well as just about anyone: "For a tiny hinterland community that has never heard the whistle of a train, Taos' impact has been exceeded by few metropolitan communities."
It wasn't hyperbole on Waters' part; to anyone with a modicum of historical or cultural awareness it's a given extraordinary things happened here and continue to this day. And thanks to the dedicated efforts of The Couse Foundation - celebrating its 20th anniversary this year - history both remains alive and catapults Taos into the future.
I first became aware of Mark Maggiori about four years ago, when Margo Beutler-Gins mentioned she thought he was the most important Western artist alive.
Coming from her - at the time she was the President of the Board of Directors at Taos Historic Museums, and great-granddaughter of Taos Society of Artists co-founder Bert Phillips - I paid attention. I'd not heard of Maggiori and when I returned home from our luncheon, I looked him up. Astounded by what I discovered, I bookmarked his site and over the past few years, checked it for news and new work.
Is the Old West still in style? Of course it is: It never left, says two of the region’s most authoritative purveyors of all things southwestern.
Gabriel Abrums of Chimayo Trading Del Norte and Chris Ferguson of Tres Estrellas Design sat down with Enchanted Homes to share their perspectives on historical and contemporary southwestern home furnishings, and the ease with which these elements may be incorporated into your home regardless of your decorating style.
In January 2020, a chunk of the north adobe wall inside the historic Kit Carson Home and Museum in Taos collapsed into a pile of rubble.
The collapsed wall became one more reason the Freemasons of Bent Lodge No. 42 - which actually owns the property - wants to part ways and break its lease with the Kit Carson Home and Museum.