Spring equinox: Taos Historic District galleries meet uncertainty with love

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Easter and Passover are part of ancient Spring Equinox rites celebrating the spectacle of rebirth, renewal, divinity of the radiant dawn and all that brings joy and blessings.

To honor this annual new beginning, Kit Carson Road galleries are planning (tentatively as of press time) to offer music, refreshment and open doors from 4 to 7:30 p.m. this Saturday (March 21). Given health concerns about COVID-19 virus, expect there to be no hand-shaking, hugging or kissing, but the galleries and many of their artists want to honor the new year marked by Spring equinox.

Most receptions will start at 4 p.m., though Dragonfly Blue Gallery (109 Kit Carson) ekphrasis event is 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Heritage Fine Arts (122 Kit Carson) usually closes it all down during these events, depending on when visitors and musicians head home.

"Spring into spring on a positive note," say Rob Nightingale and David Mapes, gallerists, artists and Taos Gallery Association board members.

The equinox events are free and open to the public. For information, see the participating locales listed below. Call the places you are interested in to be sure they are open.

• Casa Benavides B&B - 137 Kit Carson.

Homemade cookies and dessert will be offered with coffee and hot and cold tea at this classic Taos inn established in 1989, by owners Barbara Benavides and Tom McCarthy. Website casabenavidez.com; info@casadebenavidez.com; (575) 758-1772.

Untitled Editions - 125 Kit Carson; Untitled Fine Art - 133 Kit Carson Road. Light refreshments will be available at both galleries, and visitors will be entertained with light-responsive artwork in the Illumination Chamber (at Editions) and the Meditation Room (main gallery). Website: untitledfineart.com; bast@laplaza.org; (575) 758-3969.

• DAFA - David Anthony Fine Art - 132 Kit Carson. Owner/artist David Mapes said well-known portrait artist Seamus Berkley will be showing new landscape work; and Kate Rivers' "great new figurative work." They'll be open to 7:30 p.m. or more with food and possibly music. Website: davidanthonyfineart.com; dmapes@davidmapes.com; (575) 758-7113.

Palaski Fine Art - 129 Kit Carson. Owner/photographer Cece Palaski now represents contemporary fine art photography; painting; clay; iron work; glass work and jewelry by sibling Mary Lou Palaski. Website: palaskifineart.weebly.com; cecepalaski@hotmail.com; (575) 770-7675.

• Melwell Romancito Fine Art - 122 Kit Carson. Ella and Melwell Romancito will work on a mother-daughter collaborative, large-format painting and there will be light refreshments. Website: melwellromancitofineart.com; melodyromancito@gmail.com

• Bryan's Gallery - 121 Kit Carson. Now celebrating its 38th anniversary in Taos, owner Bryan Steger opened April Fools Day, 1982, and represents Native arts and jewelry of several generations of artists of the region. Offering light refreshment, old pawn and contemporary Indian jewelry and art. Website: bryansgallery.com; bryan@bryansgallery.com; (575) 758-9407.

• Heritage Fine Art - 122 Kit Carson. Owner Tree Menane said several of their artists will be present, and what with music and artwork, everybody ends up there drinking wine and eating food when the others all close. Website: heritagefineartstaos.com; treemenanebtm@icloud; (575) 751-7348.

• The Ranch at Taos - 119-A Kit Carson. A toddler's birthday party out of state may conflict with the spring event, but if Lanna Smith can't travel she'll be open. Call ahead to be sure. Website: theranchattaos.com; theranchattaos@hotmail.com; (325) 647-5736.

• Wilder Nightingale - 119 Kit Carson. Artist/author Heidi Smith celebrates release of her new book, "Forks in the Road." Website: wnightingale.com; info@wnightingale.com; (575) 758-3255

• Angie Coleman Studio - 117 Kit Carson. Angie will be showing new woodblock prints and opens from 4 to 6 p.m. Website: angiecolemanfinearts.com; acoleman@taosnet; (575) 779-4658.

• Kit Carson Home & Museum -113 Kit Carson. They will celebrate 4 to 7 p.m. Kit and Josefa were married Feb. 6, 1843 and Josefa's birthday is March 27, 1828. "We will celebrate with mulled cider and carrot cake cupcakes," said Director CJ Law. "So this is a double celebration. Guests may tour the museum at no charge on this evening." Website: kitcarsonmuseum.org; info@kitcarsonmuseum.org; (575) 758-4945.

• Dragonfly Blue Gallery - 109 Kit Carson. Refreshments on tap for this evening of ekphrasis! Pop in for the poets and writers waxing lyrical about the gallery's artwork. Singer-songwriter Tenny Walsh expected to perform. Website: dragonflyblue.com; dragonflyblue@gmail.com; (909) 784-8490.

Greg Moon Fine Art - 109 Kit Carson. The working studio for artist Greg Moon who says it's all about "keeping that 'old-time funky' alive in Taos." Refreshments offered. Website: gregmoonart.com; info@gregmoonart.com; (575) 770-4463.

• Taos Print and Photography Services - 107 Kit Carson. Gak Stonn said he's sponsoring up-n-coming star DJ Harper, plus the eight artists he represents. Look for some "liquid love and art specials!" Email: infor@taosprint.com; (575) 425-1587.

• Copper Moon Gallery -105 Kit Carson. "After nine wonderful years we will be retiring on March 31," Diana Miller says. "Please stop in to say hello and discover our special discounts." Website: coppermoongallerytaos.com; info@coppermoongallerytaos;(575)-758-8833.

• Two Graces Plaza Gallery - 105 Barela Lane / Kit Carson. Located on the corner of Kit Carson and Barela Lane, Two Graces has a carefully curated inventory worth a look-see. Website: twograces.com; r2c2graces@gmail.com; (575) 758-4101.

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