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Ekphrasis project features Taos artists and poets

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Posted 4/3/20

"Poetry and Art in Public Places" is a collaboration of SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) and the Taos Arts Council. Originally intended to be displayed in coffee shops, town facilities and galleries, the project will now exist online throughout the poetry month of April on the SOMOS website - somostaos.org. In this ekphrastic project, poets and artists respond to one another's work.

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"Poetry and Art in Public Places" is a collaboration of SOMOS (Society of the Muse of the Southwest) and the Taos Arts Council. Originally intended to be displayed in coffee shops, town facilities and galleries, the project will now exist online throughout the poetry month of April on the SOMOS website - somostaos.org. In this ekphrastic project, poets and artists respond to one another's work. Eleven artists read a poem by a Taos poet and created a new piece of art in response to their poem (e.g., Michael Gorman on "In Case of Loss, This Girl" by Lise Goett). And 11 poets looked at a piece of art from a Taos artist and wrote a poem in response to their artwork (e.g., Margery Reading on Nina Anthony's "Lifeblood"). Many of these artists were selected for the Taos Lamppost Banner Art project, sponsored by Taos Arts Council and the town of Taos.

Paul O'Connor exhibits in Switzerland

As part of his new series, "Works on Paper," Taos artist, photographer and sculptor Paul O'Connor is showing his geometric abstract work in an international group show at the Laurent Marthaler Contemporary gallery, in Montreux, Switzerland. The "Black Cube" print depicts his concrete sculpture that plays with black holes - "the void, as being akin to the Buddhist concept of dharmakaya, or that which is 'not manifested,'" according to his catalog. "The original," O'Connor notes, "is a work on paper that I had photographed by Barry Norris Studio, [and] Jack Leustig at Fine Art New Mexico did the digital post production (photoshop), as well as the one who will make the prints for the gallery in Switzerland." For more, visit laurentmarthaler.com.

Millicent Rogers Museum online sale

All Millicent Rogers Museum members will get 20 percent off store sales for a limited time on all merchandise - and sales are tax-free. The museum is posting new items every day on its website - millicentrogers.org - so check back often. If you don't see something you have in mind, contact store staff via email or phone (575) 758-4316. Also, the museum notes: "Feeling stuck inside? The Millicent Rogers Museum has some of the best views in town! We encourage you to come walk on our grounds and enjoy the mountains and beautiful sculptures." The MRM is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado.

'Portraits in Isolation'

Check out the ongoing series of "Portraits in Social Isolation, 2020" now on view through April 30 at TCAtaos.org/visual-arts/. In these times of social distancing, self-isolating and self-quarantine, artists capture themselves and others as they are home from school and work and routine, or maybe laid off. The virtual exhibition of self-portraits proves moving and inspiring.

Call for artists

Arte de Descartes XX seeking artists working in all recycled mediums: cloth, paper, wood, metal, plastic, etc. for 20th annual juried, recycled art show. Deadline to enter is Aug. 1, 5 p.m. Find prospectus at whollyrags.org or send SASE to: Wholly Rags PO Box 1051 Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Stop by 1337 Gusdorf Road, Suite L. Call Melissa at (575) 751-9862.

Fall Arts Festival seeks volunteers for Sept. 25-Oct. 4. Needs are marketing/promotion, setup and break-down art show, receive and place art works, install art and greet visitors daily. Contact Tracy Ivy at tracy.tfaf@gmail.com or (575) 770-6996.

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