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DAFA teams up with UNM-Taos to present 2017 Student Art Exhibit


Art students from University of New Mexico-Taos are planning to present artwork for an exhibition that opens with a reception Saturday (Nov. 4), 4-7 p.m., at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road. Admission is free and the public is invited.

The show, which continues through Nov. 25, is juried by author, curator, and founder of Freehold Taos Residency, Dr. Anna Novakov.

“Throughout November, a variety of selected artworks, including paintings, prints, ceramics and jewelry, will be exhibited in the gallery. In addition to hosting this student show, David Anthony Fine Art is generously donating a portion of all student artwork sales in support of the UNM-Taos Art Department,” a press release states.

Gallery owner David Mapes is enthusiastic about working with the students and faculty of UNM-Taos. “Communicating with student artists and listening to a student artist’s perspective strengthens the art community,” he is quoted in a statement. “I look forward to long-term collaborations with the UNM Art Department.”

David Anthony Fine Art features fine art as well as handcrafted furniture. DAFA interchangeably exhibits Taos’ eclectic artistic community with artwork ranging from traditional portraiture to contemporary art.

UNM–Taos Art Department Chair Sarah Stolar added her encouragement, saying, “We are very grateful for this rare opportunity for our student artists to present their artwork in a cutting edge professional gallery space. Through this collaboration, these student artists are receiving an insight of professionalism in the art world. It’s a priceless learning opportunity.”

Gary Cook, a longtime art professor at UNM-Taos, expresses his passion and pride for all of the student artists attending UNM-Taos Art Department. “Our students’ artwork is incredible and each deserves a space in a gallery,” he said. “We are so thankful to collaborate with David Anthony Fine Art and immerse our students into the art community.”

The opening reception coincides with the “First Saturday Art Walk” along Kit Carson Road, an event inviting people “to get outside and explore all the various galleries and studios the Taos art community has to offer,” the release continues.

For more information, call the venue at (575) 751-0075 or visit