The rundown in Taos

Here's a sampling of what's happening in and around Taos this weekend

By Tempo staff
Posted 9/13/18

Everybody knows The PASEO is taking a big piece of the spotlight this week in town, but there are a lot of other things happening too. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on. For more, of course, pick up a copy of Tempo magazine inside today's edition of The Taos News ...

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The rundown in Taos

Here's a sampling of what's happening in and around Taos this weekend


Everybody knows The PASEO is taking a big piece of the spotlight this week in town, but there are a lot of other things happening too. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on. For more, of course, pick up a copy of Tempo magazine inside today's edition of The Taos News.

Gary Farmer and The Troublemakers land at The Mothership

Native American blues band Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers have a gig in support of their "Fool for Love" tour Friday (Sept. 14), 8-11 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off US 64 west. Cover is $7.

The band started out in 2005 in Southern California's LaJolla Indian Reservation near the Palomar telescope. The band and its members eventually worked its way to Santa Fe. What started as a touring roadhouse blues band became Gary Farmer Gallery of Contemporary Art. The gallery closed shop in 2007, but the band survived. Farmer is also an actor who has popped up as a recurring character in the "Longmire" Netflix TV series and in various films, such as "Powwow Highway," "Dead Man," "Smoke Signals," and "Skins."

"So, with our nefarious group of players, including many-a-musician in those 13 years, it's been five recorded CDs and hundreds of live performances throughout North America," promo materials state. The band includes Jaime "Bird" Yellowhorse, Stanlie Kee, David Lee Rodriquez, Britt Alexander, Faye Schilkey, Vince Vigil and Gary Farmer.

"The concept for the band is -- Gary keeps us in gigs for a couple of small tours a year and some one-offs for festivals and fundraising activities, including our own methods of T-shirts, CDs and caps, hoodies and of course the love of the blues and its departures into rock 'n' roll, jazz, reggae, soul, yeah heart and soul -- but writing lyrics that reflect the change we'd like to realize -- often just observations in daily life from a different perspective maybe."

For more information, call the venue at (575) 758-1900 or visit taosmesabrewing.com.

Southwest Picker Fest in Red River

The Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Traditional Music Festival opens today and continues through Sunday (Sept. 13-16) in Red River, located via State Road 38 east of Questa in northern Taos County. Featured artists include Shawn Lane and Family, Blue Canyon Boys, Higher Ground Bluegrass, Nu-Blu, The Merlettes and many more. Festival kickoff dinner at Taste of Red River, a Community House fundraiser, is not included in festival passes. Visit southwestpickers-festival.org for tickets and additional information.

Hill Country Blues artist in Taos

Roots and Wires Presents is bringing the reigning king of North Mississippi Hill Country Blues, R.L. Boyce, live from Como, Mississippi to the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership today (Sept. 13). The show, which starts at 7 p.m., also features Lightnin' Malcolm of the North Mississippi All Stars on drums and bass. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Boyce cut an album on his front porch in 2016, and it was nominated for a Grammy Award. Boyce is a protégé of Hill country blues musicians, including R.L. Burnside, and Mississippi Fred McDowell. He is on his way to play at the sold-out Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, but you can see and hear him in Taos for $10 at the door. For more, call (575) 758-1900.

Odenbear Theatre's new production

Odenbear Theatre will present, "Down the Road," a play by Lee Blessing starting Thursday (Sept. 20), 7:30 p.m., at Metta Theatre, 1470 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado. Additional performances will continue through Sept. 30. Tickets are $15.

The play, directed by Jim Hatch, is a psychological thriller "that travels down a dark and frightening road into the mind of a serial killer. The story centers on a convicted serial killer and the husband and wife writing team hired to help him write an account of his crimes. As the interviews progress, the couple, Dan (J. Josh Still) and Iris Henniman (Renea Diane Been), grow more and more uncertain of the ethics of what they are doing. Are they simply relating terrifying events, or are they helping readers consume them, as if they are consuming any other product of our society? Are they, in fact, helping to turn Bill Reach (Kristopher Messick) into a celebrity? This chilling story, along with the provocative questions it raises, will linger in your mind long after the performance is over."

Performances are Sept. 20-22 and Sept. 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees are planned Sept. 23 and 30 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15. For more information, call (575) 224-1702.

Jack Nichols retrospective at Hillcrest Bank

At a reception today (Sept. 13) from 5:30-7 p.m., the contemporary painter Jack Nichols will welcome visitors to “In the Blink of an Eye.” at Hillcrest Bank,1356 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. The show runs through Sept. 28. Nichols’ most recent work “In the Blink of an Eye” was painted to celebrate the show’s opening. “When considering the blink of an eye as reflective of how time really flies, and when you absolutely love and appreciate all of the many opportunities these contemporary works have made possible, gratitude seems to be in order. Please stand close and enjoy.” Call (512) 762-7629 for more information and visit jacknicholsart.com to view more art.

Sal Giglio at Sage

Sage Gallery is hosting an opening reception Saturday (Sept. 15) 4:30-6:40 p.m. for a new exhibit featuring longtime Taos artist, Sal Giglio’s award-winning watercolors and oil paintings of local scenery and still life for September. His colorful paintings are mostly done en plein aire and include recognizable historic sites, old abandoned adobes, beautiful florals, open fields, rivers, and so on. Giglio is one of the founding member of Sage Gallery and is a valued member for over 20 years now. Sage Gallery is at 115C East Taos Plaza. Call (575) 737-0211.

Woodworker Williams talks about Fechin's NM influence

Woodworker Bruce Williams will speak Wednesday (Sept. 19) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. His topic, “Nicolai Fechin: A Woodworker’s Perspective.” The talk will be at the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Williams will discuss Fechin’s various woodworking techniques and his consummate skill as demonstrated by Fechin’s own carvings from the Fechin House and Studio.

His talk will also provide a detailed history about the designs and symbols found throughout the house and Fechin’s furniture and discuss the influences of the New Mexican woodcarving traditions on Fechin’s designs and the effect he had on the next generations of local carvers. Williams’ talk goes hand in hand with the exhibit of his work that will be shown at the Fechin House through Nov. 4.

“Bruce Williams: 25 Years of Taos Furniture Design” features 25 pieces from his 25 years of making Northern New Mexico style furniture. On the walls of the Fechin Studio, will be his detailed scale drawings in his handmade frames alongside some of his and Fechin’s furniture. Members are free, nonmembers $10. Please call (575) 758-2690 ext. 101, or email frontdesk@taosartmuseum.org to reserve your seat.

Villalobos opens first solo show

Debra Villalobos is presenting her first solo show of assemblages, collages of nature and found objects, linoleum block prints and monotypes at the Farmhouse Café at the Overland Sheepskin Company on Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado for the month of September. A reception is planned Sept. 21 from 5-7 p.m.

Calls for entry

• The 2018 Fall Arts open exhibition is accepting entries  Friday (Sept. 14). Bring artwork to Guadalupe Parish Gym, 205 Don Fernando, Taos between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information visit taosfallarts.com.

• Ammann Gallery in the John Dunn Shops has an opening for an artist who can work one day a week plus commission, rent. Ceramics, wearables, leather, wood, etc welcome. Bring samples on Fridays and speak with owner, Susan and/or email images to susanammann@outlook.com. (575) 758-7450 next to Bent St Deli.

• TAOSFOLK, a pop-up store in the Stables Gallery from Nov. 23 until Dec. 24, is inviting artists and crafts people to apply for the TAOSFOLK 2018 show. Go to the TAOSFOLK.com website and click on “participate” to request an information packet. TAOSFOLK offers for sale only high-end handmade items such as hand-painted scarves, knitted wear, pottery, jewelry as well as natural soaps, salves and skin creams and more. TAOSFOLK does not offer any items to hang on the wall. Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte No. D, Taos. Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.

• The Taos Center for the Arts’ Self-Portrait Exhibition is back for its ninth year. Various media will be accepted, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Artists are encouraged to create works that reflect personality, life stories and feelings. Deadline for submissions is Monday, Nov. 26 at midnight. To submit, go to tcataos.org/entries/add_entry.

• Taos Center for the Arts announces a call for exhibitions for the “TCA Presents” program at the Encore Gallery and The Taos Inn for 2019. Proposals will be accepted through Oct. 12. Submissions may be for solo or partnered shows and are open to emerging or established artists living in or represented in Taos, who have not exhibited with “TCA Presents” within the past three years. Accepted media includes drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, photography or a combination of wall and sculptural works. Visit tcataos.org/page/tca-exhibit-proposals.

Ongoing art exhibits

Taos Plein Air Painters, a group of local artists who paint all over Northern New Mexico, will present their fall show, “From the Outside In,” at the Trading Post Cafe, 4179 State Road 68 in Ranchos de Taos. The show ends Oct. 31. Over 20 members will have work on display, in oil, acrylic, watercolor and pastel. The Trading Post Cafe is open Tuesday-Saturday 11a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Equinox,” an exhibit of work by Nat Wilson runs through Sept. 30. Magpie Gallery is at the Overland Ranch, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Call (781) 248-0166

The Taos Watercolor Society exhibition continues to run at the Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show will be up through Sept. 16. Call (575) 758-2462.

The Taos Arts Council’s annual showcase exhibition, “Taos and Beyond: Open Studio Tours in Northern New Mexico,” continues at Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos until Oct. 10. Hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. with ample free parking available at Town Hall. This show is part of art in public spaces program of the Taos Arts Council. Among the organizations are Questa Studio Arts Tour; El Rito Studios, Sept. 29-30: Angel Fire Studio Tour (ArtUP), Sept. 29-30 and Dixon Studio Tour, Nov. 3-4. More than 25 participating artists offer examples of ceramics, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, drawing and mixed-media works. For more information vsit taosartscouncil.org.

The Rory Wagner “Traditional to the Obscure” exhibit will be on view until Sept. 30 at the Taos Historic Museums’ Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street, Taos. Wagner was a nationally acclaimed realist artist who lived in Taos many years and found much inspiration in the people here. However, his work is not often on view in Taos. The museum is open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays noon-5 p.m. Sundays are free to local residents. Call (575) 758-0505 or visit taoshistoricmuseums.org.

Treasured embroidery, quilts, crocheted table coverings and handmade baptismal outfits made by local families, especially large crocheted pictorials by Nancy Vialpando of San Luis, Colorado, will be on exhibit until Oct. 19 at La Hacienda de los Martinez, 708 Hacienda Road off Lower Ranchitos Road, Taos. The museum is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call (575) 758-1000.

Margaret Henn-Romero’s exhibit of oil paintings continues at the gallery at the Blumenschein Home and Museum, 222 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 770-9011 or email margarethenn@gmail.com.

Gail Russell Studio exhibits the owner’s photography celebrating the lush colorful world of plants in her exhibit, “The Green Universe,” at Gail Russell Studio, North Star Plaza 65 State Road 522, Building 65, Suite A4, a half mile north of the blinking light, Taos. By appointment for art and tea call (575) 776-8474.

Continuing through September is “Water and Spirit,” an exhibition of new paintings by Lance Green as well as the paintings of Jim Keffer at Copper Moon Gallery 105 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (575) 758-8833 or visit coppermoongallerytaos.com.

Huihan Liu and Weizhan Liang exhibit their art and poetry focused on Tibetan daily life at Total Arts Gallery, 122 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (575) 758-4667.

An exhibit of pastels and collages by Kathleen Smith and her students: Mary Gould, Cindy Grossman, Annette Grubis, Avis Vermilye, Anna Mae Patterson and Marion Jackson is showing at the north side Hillcrest Bank, 219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The exhibit continues through Sept. 30.


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