Exhibit honors those who have passed on

TCA hosts seven artists in exhibit 'Ofrendas,' guest-curated by Máye Torres

By Tempo staff
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 10/2/19

Taos Center for the Arts announces "Ofrendas," which is on view now through Nov. 17 in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. There will be a …

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Exhibit honors those who have passed on

TCA hosts seven artists in exhibit 'Ofrendas,' guest-curated by Máye Torres

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Taos Center for the Arts announces "Ofrendas," which is on view now through Nov. 17 in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. There will be a reception for the artists today (Oct. 3), from 4-6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

"Ofrendas" will feature work of seven artists who will create ofrendas, or, altars connected with Día de los Muertos traditions. The seven artists whose work will be on view are Alex Chavez, Juanita Jaramillo-Lavadie, Ginger Mongiello, Toby Morfin, Katie Woodall and Taos Charter School, Guillermo Rosette and Máye Torres.

"Ofrendas" is curated by Taos artist and Studio 107B Gallery owner Torres.

Torres specializes in large-scale drawings and sculpture. She has developed a unique style of art that reflects a global condition through traditional materials. Torres was raised in New Mexico and Latin America and was deeply influenced by their cultures, arts and spiritual beliefs. For the past 40 years, Torres has been challenging traditional approaches to art, focusing on experimental and innovative imagery that combines philosophy, history, global cultures and cosmology.

Her award-winning art is in private and public collections around the world, including LACMA, Laguna Art Museum, Mexican Fine Art Center in Chicago, Capitol Arts Foundation Collection (Santa Fe) and The Harwood Museum of Art (Taos).

Torres opened Studio 107B on Taos Plaza. The space was previously her mother's gallery - Cecilia Torres's New Directions Gallery. Following her mother's lead, she is exhibiting the experimental, innovative, world-class artists of Taos and Northern New Mexico, focusing on the diverse cultural mix of the area.

Executive Director of the TCA, Colette LaBouff, says "This exhibit marks the first of TCA's guest-curated exhibitions in the Encore Gallery in order to highlight, where possible, the work of local artists identifying as Hispanic and Native and, further, bring attention to artists and work that might not have been exhibited widely. We are thrilled to have Máye Torres, an artist and community member who is extraordinarily passionate and aware of giving voice and space to art and artists alike, curate this inaugural show."

For more information about this show and about the guest-curated series in the Encore Gallery, contact Colette LaBouff at colette@tcataos.org. For more on the Taos Center for the Arts, contact Gina Gargone at gina@tcataos.org or 575-758-2052.

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