The arts in brief for March 14-20

By Tempo staff
Posted 3/13/19

Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in the art scene in Taos this week. For more, of course, check out the print edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale Thursday morning.

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The arts in brief for March 14-20


Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in the art scene in Taos this week. For more, of course, check out the print edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale Thursday morning.

Opening receptions

"Where Buffalo Roam" exhibit showcases the animals that roam between the mountains and endless horizons of the West. The show features works of Lydia Johnston, Lor Kasper and Kitti Ryan. Reception is 4:30-7:30 p.m. on. Friday, March 15. Show runs through early April. Free. Paseo Norte Gallery, 218 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Call (802) 356-2922.

At MoMo Taos from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, March 15 is the artist reception for Jamie Sampere, photographer. "Happiness Pass Road" is her unique, vivid photo journal of northern Vietnam. Free. MoMo, 133 Bent Street, Taos. Call (505) 690-7871.

Calls for entry

• All local area artists are encouraged to submit their artwork to be considered for the Questa Lamp Post Banner Project, phase two (phase one - the retablo banners) to showcase the wide range of artists' styles in the Questa area. Submissions are being taken through March 31. Images need to be a tall vertical format; artwork size is 30-inch-by-15-inch The concert is a benefit for the Community Against Violence. Tickets $20, $16 for ages 14-18, $8 for ages 300 dpi. We have 16 spots and are looking for both 2D and 3D art, contemporary to traditional. For more information, see the Questa Studio Arts Tour website at call Peggy at (505) 974-5314.

Elevation Coffee will be hosting a non-juried art show in the month of May as the spring run-off begins. Start creating a piece embodying the theme "Precious Water." There is no entry fee - a 10 percent minimum donation of your sale will go to the Taos Water Protectors. We will be accepting art on May 3 and 4 and the opening will be Sunday, May 5 from 2:30- 4:30 p.m. Call Janet with any questions at (575) 741-1323 - so begin creating now!

• The 45th annual Taos Fall Arts Festival is excited to announce its 2019 Call for Poster Artist. All Taos County artists and artists exhibiting their work in a Taos art gallery are invited to submit their work online for this year's Poster Award. The poster artist will receive a cash award of $500 and thousands of dollars worth of print and web exposure, as well as a special display wall for their art at the festival. The show theme "Of heaven and earth /Del cielo y de la tierra" is broad and intended to inspire artists to contemplate representational or abstract interpretations of landscape, skyscape and myth, including all things of the earth and sky. The poster submission is open to all styles and media. The poster dimensions are 18-by-24 inches. Please review past posters and specifications and apply at Submission deadline is midnight March 31.

• Call for New Mexico and Colorado clay artists. May means clay in Taos. Spring Arts Clay Festival and Exhibit will be on view May 1-31 in numerous gallery locations in Taos. A Memorial Day weekend celebration will be held in honor of the chosen artists. Artists submit three images of current work through month of March to by midnight March 31 for juried selection.

Arte de Descartes XIX is calling for entries for our 19th annual juried "Art from Discards" show. This multimedia show accepts artwork made from old materials: wood, metal, cloth, paper, plastic, etc. Jurors for this year's show are local artists: Joel Lage, Lynda Japer Vogel and Robin Stanaway. Deadline for entries is August 1, 2019. To download prospectus go to or send self-addressed stamped envelope to Wholly Rags, PO Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Prospectus can also be picked up at Wholly Rags, 1337 Gusdorf Road Suite L. For more information, call Melissa Larson at (575) 751-9862.

Taos Art Insurgency is an upcoming national show hosted by David Anthony Fine Art, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art and Greg Moon Art of Taos in conjunction with the Taos Spring Arts Festival. It poses the questions: Who will be the artists that lead the way for the new millennium? What will be the movements and issues they champion? Taos has been a major seat of modernism, abstract-expressionism and minimalism. The show will run April 27 through May 18 with an opening reception May 4. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight April 3. All entries must be submitted through the platform. For additional information, call 575-770-4463 or visit

•Taos Center for the Arts encourages TCA member artists to submit works for the seventh annual Members Open exhibition, which will be on display April 22 to June 3 in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium. This year's theme is "Taos Light," and artists may depict this theme literally or figuratively, with the medium of their choice. Works must be 20-by-20 inches finished or framed (external measurement) and prepared to hang. If the work is three-dimensional it may be up to 10 inches deep. Participating artists must be TCA members or become members. Works must be delivered by the artist or someone the artist designates between 10-11 a.m. April 22. Early, late or not completely dry work will not be accepted. Works must be picked up by the artist or someone the artist designates between 9-10 a.m. on Monday, June 3. The opening reception for members of Taos Light will be April 25 from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call (575) 758-2052.

Ongoing art exhibits

• Sage Fine Art Gallery features the work of Erica Collins through the month of March. Landscapes and wildlife of the Southwest in pastel, watercolor and woodcut prints. 115 East Taos Plaza, Taos. Open daily 11 to 5. Call (575) 758-9396 or visit

• An assortment of quilts made by local artists are now on view at the Taos Public Library through May 31. Artists include Violette Alby, Anonymous, Ellen Cirnigliaro, Melissa Larson, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Winter Ross and Starr. There will be an artist's reception on Saturday, April 6 from 1 to 2:30 pm. Meet the artists and talk about quilts. Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita. For more information, contact Melissa Larson at Wholly Rags at (575) 751-9862.

• Framed images from The Taos News special publication "Twenty Four Hours: A Day in the Life of Taos," are on view now through Sunday (March 17) at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road in Taos. The show features a selection of images shot by a group of 12 local photographers given the assignment to "Capture Taos and its environs in photos during a specific time block over a 24-hour period," said The Taos News Special Sections Editor Scott Gerdes. "This publication is an endearing, up close and personal scrapbook of a unique, unpretentious Southwestern town. It's what your coffee table is missing." The photographs were all taken from 6 p.m. Jan. 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 5, 2019. They were shot by Chris Dahl-Bredine, Megan Bowers, Kathryn Hayden, Kathleen Brennan, Zöe Zimmerman, C. Jim Cox, Jim O'Donnell, Steven Bundy, Terry Thompson, Debbie Lujan, Rick Romancito and Morgan Timms. For more information, call The Taos News at (575) 758-2241 or the venue at 758-7113.


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