Felicia Ferguson said "the reopening of Lumina Sculpture Gardens started, as many things in life do, amid a torrent of events, which I found myself swept into like a rushing stream …
Felicia Ferguson said "the reopening of Lumina Sculpture Gardens started, as many things in life do, amid a torrent of events, which I found myself swept into like a rushing stream that catapulted me into motion."
Ferguson's Lumina Sculpture Gardens will reopen with a gala celebration Saturday (Nov. 3), 2-6 p.m., at the venue located at 11 State Road 230, a short distance from its intersection with State Road 150 near Arroyo Seco.
The reception will be catered by Antonio's Restaurant. Music will be provided by Vicki Pfeiffer.
For art lovers, strolling through a gallery is one thing. The art is carefully arranged on the walls, and you can see the art in an undisturbed venue.
A sculpture garden, however, is not only a walk amid three-dimensional works of art but an opportunity to see the way it inhabits nature. With Lumina reopening at this time of year, the autumn colors and crisp air is a perfect experience for any sculpture fan. Better, yet, it's touchable.
Artist represented in the garden include Shirley Thompson Smith, Constantine Hapianu, Jim Agius, Stanley Bleifeld, Garr Ugaldo, Kang Yi Soo, Gene Adcock, Scott Tyler, and more.
Ferguson has long dedicated herself to providing ways for people to enjoy the highest quality art from her stable of creatives. Having been raised here, she is also keenly aware of the way things have changed in her beloved community.
"Recently, I was traveling through Colorado Springs and was amazed at all the public art they have purchased and the landscaped spaces throughout their lovely city," she said. "Also, if a building in the historic business district is vacant, they have the windows displayed with artists' paintings, which both the artist and the landlord benefit from when the art is sold. It also gives the city a walking art tour feel."
She said she then visited Oklahoma City and was "overwhelmed" by the beautiful parks, art museums and sculptures on public display.
"I also love to drive up to Alamosa, Colorado where they have an impressive one-year sculpture tour throughout the historic center of sculpture from around the country," she said. "When I returned to Taos, I heard the very sad news of the closing of Total Arts Gallery, one of our finest galleries of 50 years in business. This was a highly respected, well-run business in a prime space, owned by the respected Teruko Wilde, and, like so many other fine art galleries, now closed!" (Total Arts is slated to remain open until the end of the year.)
Then she asks, "What can Taos do to preserve our great art legacy?"
In answer, she said, "We need to start treating Taos with loving care as the work of art that it is."
For starters, she suggested, "Our trees need a massive clean-up. Landscape projects throughout the town and beyond (are needed). We need bike lanes, and we need to find creative ways to uplift our unique and historic town. The Taos Ski Valley has made a Herculean effort to bring us into this new century, but so much more is needed. Meanwhile, our visitors still have to drive through the town itself."
Ferguson is doing her part with reopening a sculpture garden at her venue, but admittedly it is outside of town on the way to Arroyo Seco.
"I do not have the answers," she said, "but I do know that an art council or the city council should be able to apply for monies for the renovation of Taos. I am only a one-woman show, but there must be a way to bring Taos back from this downslide into oppression that is moving in fast. We have great restaurants, hotels, museums, the Pueblo, the Gorge Bridge and Bent Street, to name just a few attractions. Question being, how do we bring back art collectors?"
Lumina, she adds, is "reopening to showcase sculpture from around the country and globe to be a destination gallery for Taos, our historic treasure of a town. When will we start treating her with the dignity and respect she has earned and lost?"
For more information, call Lumina Sculpture Gardens at (575) 758-7282.
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