Fine art

Compact creativity

A social art scene for new or curious locals and visitors

By Virginia L. Clark
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 5/31/18

Take a break from rafting, hiking, biking, skiing and well, working so hard at having fun here in the Land of Enchantment.Those mountain vistas, cool forests and scintillating …

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Compact creativity

A social art scene for new or curious locals and visitors

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Take a break from rafting, hiking, biking, skiing and well, working so hard at having fun here in the Land of Enchantment.

Those mountain vistas, cool forests and scintillating desertscapes can also be rendered in full living color or black-and-white paint and graphite at Art n' a Glass, a night of painting with a happy hour pint or glass of spirits at your side, for anyone and everyone, no art experience is required. It's a kicked back and relaxing evening at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado.

But heads up people, all you regular fans of this art social, the weekly get-together has moved from Mondays to Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, and that includes canvas, paint, brushes and special extended Happy Hour pricing, with hand-selected special wines weekly. Space is limited, however, so reserve a spot as soon as possible.

Co-produced by Taos photographer and painter Jim Cox, and run for the last 15 weeks at KTAOS, Cox said he will still teach one class a month. A line-up of guest artists will be curated and announced shortly. Next week's event will be hosted by Taos artist Ken "Crookedman Studio" Feldman.

"I'm looking forward to this," Feldman said. He dropped in to a recent session in May and found the atmosphere congenial and relaxing for all concerned.

"It's a lot of fun. I will be doing something in the manner of what I do with modern landscape painting, impressionistic landscapes the way I do them," Feldman said. "I'm not looking to promote my style. This is good because as you grow older, you're more self-conscious about not being good enough, so this is a great way to get over that."

Feldman has a handful of people he has been teaching for the past two years since arriving in Taos. And while he's primarily focusing on getting his own art done, he said he's looking forward to next week's night of painting in a social setting. For more of Feldman's work see crookedmanstudio.com.

Melody Romancito, guest artist in week 11, was a great success, according to Cox.

"I wasn't exactly sure of what to expect," Romancito said, "But it was way fun. There were a lot of people who were regulars and a lot of visitors, people just passing through town, who came out." About 12 people crowded into the room, amidst easels and paints and brushes. "As the evening goes on, people get a little jolly," she said, obviously adding to the enjoyment factor of painting and socializing.

Noted by a Facebook follower as "an important emerging artist" of Taos, Romancito (who is married to Tempo editor Rick Romancito) described her process as both more in common with Taos' naif Ila McAfee, and also impressionistic. Her thick impasto work currently is influenced by Victor Higgins and Maynard Dixon landscapes.

"Jim is a great host," Romancito said. "He provides templates for people who may be timid about getting started. The templates are index board, cut-out shapes so you can trace the outlines. It gives you a place to start. A lot of people are very timid. They're afraid to mess up the canvas or make a mistake."

Romancito brought some canvases to give the painters-to-be an idea of what her work is like and encouraged people to memorialize the Taos they love in a painting. "Visitors have the joy of rediscovering, in this sense, how they have captured the land."

"There are some regulars who are there every week and others have no intention or pretentions. This is not competitive, not serious, and no need to reproduce exactly what Jim has created," Romancito said. For more of her imagery, see melwellfineart.com.

Cox first started Art 'n' a Glass five years ago at El Monte Sagrado Resort and Spa "because most people who come to Taos want to take something home with them."

People are sometimes so stressed out on vacation, he said. He recalled one chief executive officer from Los Angeles who said the art evening was the best thing of his whole trip.

He complained that he came to Taos to relax and all he ended up doing was working - all the rafting and hiking, etc. "He said, 'I'm working my butt off!' Plus, they have something to show for their trip." But this is just an introduction, just the basics, Cox stresses about the painting evening.

A wide range of ages attends, he said, remembering an 8 year old he taught last month. "He was so good. He did the (Rio Grande) Gorge template, and then he looked up at me and said, 'OK! I got it!'

"I've had a lot of people who are just driving through, from New York, California, Arizona. I think it's the most successful class we have in Taos." For more, of Cox's work see jimcoxartworks.net. To register for the class, visit holdmyticket.com.

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