The arts

Holiday arts events

A brief look at what's in local galleries and beyond

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Here's a quick look at some of the art-related events happening this week in Taos. For more, check out this week's Thursday (Dec. 21) edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News.

Christmas on Ledoux

Inger Jirby Gallery and Ledoux Street venues are throwing a Christmas party with live music, refreshments, hors d’oeuvres and more. Inger Jirby Gallery, Linda Rauch Gallery, Black Mesa Winery, Taos Art Supply, Stella’s, Tattoo, Seldom Creek Ranch, Salon Marjorie, Wumaniti Earth Native Sanctuary, The Blumenschein Museum and The Harwood Museum will participate in the event Friday (Dec. 22) from 4-7 p.m. No admission fee. Call (575) 758-7333.

TSV presents inaugural Christmas Market

Taos Ski Valley will present its inaugural Christmas Market at 107 Sutton Place Friday and Saturday (Dec. 22-23) from 3-6 p.m. both days. Taos Community Chorus will perform in the resort’s plaza during the après-ski time frame Friday. There will also be artwork and handmade goods from several local artists and things to eat. Santa may come Saturday.  For additional information, call (575) 776-2291.

Webber’s contemporary symbolism

An opening reception for “Invocation” is Friday (Dec. 29), from 5-7 p.m. “Invocation” is a new series of oil paintings by contemporary symbolist artist Kimberly Webber. The exhibit features archetypal figures, medicine animals and birds in large format paintings, revealing “majestic wild and endangered species intertwined with luminous divine feminine archetypes,” Webber notes in a press release, adding that the exhibit “is part of larger ‘art-ivism’ project that includes a 15-foot life-size newborn humpback whale painting [for which Webber] is donating 100 percent of profits to benefit the planet’s oceans.” The reception includes an introduction from Dr. Omnia Amin, co-author of the art book “Touching Earth: The Paintings of Kimberly Webber.” Visiting from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Amin will sign books with the artist at the opening.The Taos portion of the exhibition runs through Feb. 2, 2018, at Untitled Fine Art, 133 Kit Carson Road. The gallery is open daily except Sunday. For more information, visit kimberlywebber.com or call (575) 758-3969.

203 Fine Art

An exhibition of newly acquired works and rare finds are on exhibit through Jan. 8, 2018 (viewed by appointment) at 203 Fine Art, 1335 Gusdorf Road, Suite I. The gallery will have a holiday open house Friday (Dec. 29), from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday (Dec. 30), noon to 6 p.m., there will be an opening reception from 3-6 p.m. The exhibition will include newly created works by the gallery’s stable of artists, an introduction to works by artists who have recently been added to the gallery’s roster and a selection of large, early modern works and rare finds from Taos’ storied past.

The gallery features current well-known artists Larry Bell, Tom Dixon, Tony Magar, Adeine de la Noe, Oli Sihvonen, Michio Takayama, Louis Ribak, Beatrice Mandelman, John De Puy, Veloy Vigil, Cliff Harmon, Eric Andrews, Shaun Richel, Courtney Azzara, David Solomon and more. Contact (575) 751-1262 or email art@203fineart.com.

Calls for entry

• Taos Community Center’s co-op located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza is accepting a new clay artist. The co-op carries 22 artists at this time and wants to add a potter to the group. The co-op is located in the heart of the downtown historic district at 121 North Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.

• Artists called for entries to “Taos is Art,” the town of Taos promotional campaign featuring 58 banners displaying art by living artists of Taos County. Entries will be accepted Jan. 2-21, 2018. Forty artists will be selected by a jury (to be announced). Entry form and details at taos.org/CallForEntries. Photographers able to help shoot high-resolution images of entries are asked to contact aarmijo@taosgov.com.

• “Hearts and Stars” show, the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness annual fundraiser for the Taos Men’s Shelter, held at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, invites artists to create a small work (11 by 14 inches, 140 square inches or smaller) to be sold. This year, all submitted work is to be retailed at $350 or less. One piece of art per artist; 40 percent commission to the artist upon sale of art. Event is Feb. 10, 2018. Submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2018. Contact: Rob Nightingale, (575) 758-3255 or info@wnightingale.com.

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