Kit Carson Road hosts holiday solstice party

Event also offers a fond farewell to Total Arts Gallery

By Virginia L. Clark
Posted 12/19/18

Celebrate the return of the light Saturday (Dec. 22) from 4 to 6 p.m., the first day after Friday's winter solstice, all along Kit Carson Road's "gallery row." To be sure, a …

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Kit Carson Road hosts holiday solstice party

Event also offers a fond farewell to Total Arts Gallery


Celebrate the return of the light Saturday (Dec. 22) from 4 to 6 p.m., the first day after Friday's winter solstice, all along Kit Carson Road's "gallery row." To be sure, a fractional extension of sunlight won't exactly light up the night sky, but the warm glow of sandbagged farolitos and the electric rooftop farolitos all over town will help make a difference.

The galleries, shops and museums along Kit Carson Road are hosting a two-hour seasonal gala Saturday, underscoring 50-year-old Total Arts Gallery's closure, to include both locals and visitors in a welcoming atmosphere of shared delight--not to mention champagne and chocolates. (See Untitled Fine Art below.)

Bryans Gallery, 121 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-9407

Bryans Gallery has represented local artists since 1982 and claims one of the biggest selections of old and new Native American jewelry and Zuni fetishes in the state. Gregory Lomayesva's Hopi folk art pieces bring holiday cheer wherever they go. Stop in for a biscochito and free stocking stuffer with your purchase ("while they last"). Bryans will also offer holiday discounts on larger purchases.

Chick With Clicks, 119-B Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 779-3828

Owner photographer Kathryn A. Hayden will be doing a streetside pop-up "photo booth," "taking some fun shots with Christmas props - and 4-by-6 inch prints can be done onsite." She'll also do a drawing for a free photo session and may set out some of her NM Visions work.

Copper Moon Gallery, 105 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-8833

Originally a Katrina evacuee from New Orleans, Diana Miller has had Copper Moon since 2011 and is delighted to feature clay artist Caroline Douglas through January. "We'll have farolitos all along the street," Miller said, adding that she will serve Lina's biscochitos and a big tray of Earlene's holiday goodies.

David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-7113

Taos Gallery Association director, gallerist and furniture artist David Mapes is taking an imaginative detour. "In a true shake-up of the offerings on Kit Carson Road, DAFA welcomes contemporary figurative works by Arturo Chávez. Long known for his detailed landscapes of the Southwest, few have actually seen these new paintings. Zebras, tigers, swans and ballerinas are the subjects in this debut of the most recent artist to be represented by DAFA."

Fine Art Atelier & Gallery, 108 Kit Carson Road. Call (719) 338-0081

Gallery owner, artist and instructor Patience Heyl welcomes everyone to watch her complete an oil painting from start to finish. Come "learn a few techniques and ask questions" as she paints. Cookies and light refreshments will be served. Taos Plein Air Painters views from all over New Mexico are on display through Jan. 5.

Greg Moon Gallery, 109-A Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 770-4463

"This is sort of a send-off for Total Arts Gallery," owner, artist Greg Moon said. "Their closing is gonna leave a couple of big holes in the arts of Taos." Known for realism, outsider art and pop-surrealism, Moon is featuring his ink-wash illustration pieces which he says are "pretty dang goofy and affordable" at $35-$50. Photographer spouse Vanessa Moon will preside and also show work.

Mission Gallery/Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 138/146 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 751-0369

Couse House program manager Regina Scherffius said they will open the front of the former Mission Gallery (the future Lunder Research Center) with a small display of art as well as current plans for the research center. "We'll serve homemade cookies and hot cider from 4-6 p.m. We have our farolitos installed and will have additional festive decorations."

Parsons Gallery of the West, 122-D Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 737-9200

Following up on the annual holiday party of last week, gallery director Ashley Rolshoven Loveless says Parsons will also jump on the holiday block party. Taos born and bred with a historic art pedigree, she said they will have some new small works from gallery artists, so drop in and "get cozy in our historic adobe and enjoy some snacks. We'll have the piñon fire burning."

Total Arts, Kit Carson Museum, Angie Coleman and Ranch at Taos

Kit Carson Home and Museum, 113 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-4082, will have a bonfire and serve hot chocolate in the courtyard, plus the gift shop will be open.

Angie Coleman Fine Arts, 117-A Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 779-4658, will be open as usual so pop in and visit while Angie works on her woodcuts.

The Ranch at Taos, 119-A Kit Carson Road, (325) 647-5736, is featuring 2019 Calendars by Tracey Turner Sheppard and Cathy Carey.

Total Arts Gallery, 122 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-4667, will have light refreshments and a closing sale, with a 40 percent-off room. The remaining works will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis through Dec. 31. Come celebrate a half century representing Taos art. Artist/gallerist Teruko Wilde and assistant director Emily Wilde will be in the gallery for farewells.

Untitled Fine Art, 133 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-3969

Kimberly Webber of Untitled Fine Art said they'll have light refreshment of champagne and chocolate and "lovely small items": small prints, deluxe greeting cards, 100 percent pure, hand-poured soy art candles, art books, fridge magnets, fused glass work and small original paintings, all "super affordable" in size and price.

Wilder Nightingale, 119 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-3255

Wilder Nightingale Fine Art will offer refreshments and feature miniature paintings and ornaments ($25-$95) by Taos artist Geraldine Liermann, who will be present to personalize ornaments for gifts.


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