Fine art

See and be seen

TCA's 'Sight Unseen' benefit show and sale drew quite a crowd despite a blizzard


Although the impression that "Sight Unseen," Sunday's (March 18) show and sale to benefit the Taos Center for the Arts, was its last, the secret was that it was really just taking a hiatus.

The show, which features a tantalizing hook by keeping the artists' names hidden until the work is sold, featured works by some of the area's best-known painters and photographers.

At the opening reception in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, patrons and artists mingled in anticipation of the doors being opened at the Stables Gallery next door promptly at 5 p.m. Among them was the well- known Larry Bell, who is featured prominently in an article titled "Portrait of an Artist" in the current issue of Vanity Fair (

Once the doors were opened, the crowd quickly filed in and instantly were drawn to the 6-by-8 inch works lining the walls of the Stables, speculating who may have executed the works favored by buyers eager to purchase them for a flat price of $135 each. The next "Sight Unseen" may be a ways off, but you can be sure Tempo magazine will be there to announce its return.

Incidentally, after Sunday's event, Taos Center for the Arts' Executive Director Deborah McLean informed Tempo that a number of works remained unsold. They are still available at the Stables for anyone interested. Call (575) 758-2052.