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Photo Gallery: The Tempo Year in Pictures 2018

A look back at some of the images that stole our hearts

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 12/25/18

This week, we take a look back at some of the images that stole our hearts in 2018. These are photos that not only chronicle what happened and where but also show the people who made it all possible.

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Photo Gallery: The Tempo Year in Pictures 2018

A look back at some of the images that stole our hearts

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Picturing Taos is a tradition that some might say goes all the way back to the turn of the 20th century when artists began arriving here to capture some of the color and scenery for all the world to see. But, Taos existed in the hearts and minds of the people who lived here long before. It's in the memory and what they dreamed about that fired the imagination.

This week, we take a look back at some of the images that stole our hearts in 2018. These are photos that not only chronicle what happened and where but also show the people who made it all possible.

Behind all that were the stories we covered.

For instance, we followed the return of the Taos Shortz Film Festival after it was assumed we had seen its last the year before.

The new gallery Studio 107B debuted in January of the new gallery, kind of a blast from the past. Maye Torres revived a gallery space in the same site her mother, the beloved Cecilia Torres, operated New Directions back in the day.

In April, the "Taos is Art" banner project debuted, which put up a slew of banners in and around town designed by local artists and promoting our community as one of the most creative in the nation.

Some of the biggest news in the arts was the announcement in May that The Lunder Foundation of Portland, Maine is providing a grant of $600,000 in support of the Taos Society of Artists archive and research center that will be located in the Mission Gallery building at 138 Kit Carson Road. The building is being acquired by The Couse Foundation.

Speaking of art, "Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus and 12" opened at the Harwood Museum of Art for a show that ran from June 9 through Oct. 7. Two other exhibits -- "Rafa Tarin: For Now" and "Peter Sarkisian: Mind Under Matter" -- also were on view. In addition to the exhibit, Bell also hosted a few evenings with local musicians during which they sang songs, played guitars from his vast collection and told stories.

On the music scene, there was a lot to choose from this year. From the Music on the Mothership Festival, to the return of Michael Franti, to shows that included the likes of the Stone Family Band, Meow Wolf Taos Vortex, Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown, regular shows at Taos Plaza Live, the free Arroyo Seco music events produced by Roots & Wires Presents, the concerts at KTAOS, plus Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance Music Festival, and much more.

We were sad to see that the annual Taos Pueblo Powwow didn't happen this year, but organizers say they are working to put it on in 2019.

Plus, there was a new theater for the thespians of Taos Onstage, and a surge of empowerment from Ballet Taos.

Of course, that was last year. Next year is a story yet to be written.

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