What's happening in Taos?

A lot. Besides the Wool Festival, things are hoppin'

By Tempo staff
Posted 10/4/18

Fall is undoubtedly a favorite time of year for many, and this week is certainly an example of why. In addition to the Wool Festival in Kit Carson Park, there's a lot going on. Be sure and check out this week's Tempo magazine for more, but until then, here's a sample.

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What's happening in Taos?

A lot. Besides the Wool Festival, things are hoppin'


Fall is undoubtedly a favorite time of year for many, and this week is certainly an example of why. In addition to the Wool Festival in Kit Carson Park, there's a lot going on. Be sure and check out this week's Tempo magazine for more, but until then, here's a sampl.

'Sabor' is Sunday

A fantastic food tasting event is planned on Taos Plaza. It's the third annual "Sabor, A Taste of Taos," the showcase of Taos area restaurants planned Sunday (Oct. 7), from noon until 4 p.m. Although admission is free, tasting tokens will be sold.

"Our member and area restaurants will provide tastings from their menus and specialty bites created for this event by their chefs," an announcement reads. "The public is welcome to purchase food tokens at booths throughout the venue and use those tokens to purchase tastings from the many restaurants. This year we will include a dish judging for the Best of Sabor for entree, vegetarian dish, and dessert."

In addition to raising the profile of the participating restaurants in Northern New Mexico, the Taos County Chamber of Commerce will provide an afternoon of entertainment by the band Nosotros and there will be a Kid Zone with activities for children. Taos Mesa Brewing will also be running a beer garden.

Participating restaurants are Gutiz, Old Martina's Hall, The Bavarian, 192 at The Blake, Rhoda's Restaurant, The Gorge Bar and Grill, The Alley Cantina, Great Noodles, El Monte Sagrado, Common Fire, Sol Food Market, Taos Mesa Brewery, and more.

the Taos County Chamber of Commerce is producing this event with the support of the following sponsors: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Centinel Bank, U.S. Bank, The Taos News, town of Taos, Taos Ski Valley Inc. and Taos Mountain Casino.

THS Drama Department seeks funds

Well-known teacher Saundra Bouchie is back and has taken over the drama department at Taos High School this year.

"I'm excited to be back," she said. "I'm hoping to be carrying on the legacy of my teacher at Taos High, Nancy Jenkins." Diving right in, Bouchie is planning a series of fundraisers to take her drama students to Denver, Colorado for the annual Thespian Convention (ThespCon) Dec. 6-8 and for the spring plays. To raise at least $110 per student, Bouchie said she is planning the following events:

On Wednesday (Oct. 10), from 5-9:30 p.m., the class is planning "Scenes and Cuisines," at El Gamal Café, 112 Doña Luz Street. Two seatings are planned, one at 5 p.m. and another at 7:30 p.m. "Come eat delicious food and be entertained by the drama students of Taos High and bid on exciting items, all to raise money for the drama program," an announcement reads.

Then, on Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., the students are planning a bake sale at Cids Food Market, 623 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

And, on Oct. 20, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., the Taos High Drama Department Rummage Sale happens at the Taos High Little Theatre, 134 Cervantes Street. "We have cleaned out our costume stock and have some really exciting things for sale, just in time for Halloween," the announcement reads. "Families are also donating to the event so it will be a fantastic sale. Unique and everyday items."

For more information, call Bouchie at (575) 751-8000.

Cancer Support Services benefit

Popular local musicians Jenny Bird and Don Richmond are performing in concert Friday (Oct. 5), 7-9 p.m., at Unity Church, 69 Blueberry Hill Road in Taos. The concert is a benefit for Cancer Support Services. Admission is $20.

The event is part of CSS activities during October to focus attention on support for the organization's services called "Paint Taos Pink." Additional events during the month include a silent auction Oct. 18 at Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado, and the Official Paint Taos Pink Day Oct. 19 in the town of Taos.

Jenny Bird has spent her 40 years in Taos recording 16 CDs and touring as well as being music director of Taos Unity for 30 years. She created the Goddess Fest music series, teaches music, and sings for hospice and people in need of the medicine of song.

Don Richmond is the owner of Howlin; Dog Recording Studio in Alamosa, Colorado. He records and distributes most of the local music in the valley where he grew up. He composes and is a multi-instrumentalist with his band, The Rifters. A cancer survivor, Richmond plays for may organizations that benefit the welfare of his community.

For more information about these and other fundraising events, contact Cancer Support Services Coordinator Susan Strong at (575) 751-8927 or sstrong@taoshospital.org.

Murphey previews album in livestream broadcast

Legendary recording artist and songwriter Michael Martin Murphey will preview his highly anticipated upcoming album, "Austinology: Alleys of Austin" with a livestream concert Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., from the sold-out, historic Franklin Theatre in Tennessee. The album is set to be released the next day.

The one-night-only, livestream concert, is exclusively available on-demand and presented by CountryRoadTV.com, the new OTT/online country lifestyles network. It will also feature appearances by Amy Grant, The Last Bandoleros, and other surprise guests. The online broadcast and the performance is expected to reach over two million viewers via its partners, including the country music media powerhouse, Country Rebel.

Murphey is a multiple-Grammy nominee known for hits such as "Wildfire," "Geronimo's Cadillac," "What's Forever For," "Carolina in the Pines," "Cherokee Fiddle" and more. When he isn't touring or spending time with his family, he spends much of his summertime at the Rockin' 3M Ranch in Red River, where he often performs live concerts.

Like the album, the event celebrates and reflects upon Murphey's "Cosmic Cowboy" days: the 1970s Austin music scene. Fifty years ago, Murphey, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Steve Earle and other musicians working the "Alleys of Austin," pioneered a masterful mashup of unabashed progressive ideals set to country music -- a sound that captured the world's attention, and later gave rise to Outlaw Country (and ultimately Americana), according to a press release.

"This album is about the style and substance that makes a song that stands the test of time, a song that has a chance of living on in the Great American Songbook," Murphey said in a prepared statement. "So I did my personal take on songs by Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Jerry Jeff Walker and Allan Damron, as well as songs made popular by Willie and Waylon. I stayed with songs that came out when I was there -- between 1968 and 1974 -- because I personally experienced what the impact of that songwriting style was on the culture. (Laughs) Because I was there, you know?

"I'm thrilled to be working with CountryRoadTV.com to celebrate this seminal era of not only the Austin music scene, but the American music scene."

For more information on Country Road TV, visit countryroad.tv.com.

Couse-Sharp features Pueblo potter Edna Romero

Edna Romero, one of 19 Taos Pueblo artists with work in the exhibition “Full Circle: Taos Pueblo Contemporary” now in the Luna Chapel at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, will demonstrate pot firing from 2-5 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 6) at the historic site at 146 Kit Carson Road. The site, which includes the studios of E.I. Couse and J.H. Sharp, two of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists, will be open to visitors as will Virginia Couse’s garden. The exhibit will be open through Nov. 3. Free parking is available in the public lot at the bottom of the hill about a half block east on Kit Carson Road. Free. Call (575) 751-0369.

Immel and Day show in Santa Fe

Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe will open “Nature’s Spontaneity,” a two-person show of the work of Taos artists Peggy Immel and Stephen Day Friday (Oct.5) from 5-7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through October. The show includes a dozen new works by each artist that reflect the unceasing spontaneity of nature in the Southwest. Sorrel Sky is at 125 W. Palace Ave., Santa Fe. Call (505) 501-6555 for more information.

Gallery shows license plate benefit

If the front bumper of your car or truck is naked, it’s time to get it dressed.

An exhibit and sale of painted license plates by Norbert Voelkel will be shown Friday and Saturday (Oct. 5-6) at the Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, north of El Prado. The event benefits Taos Search & Rescue Team. Take advantage of New Mexico being one of 19 states that does not require a front license plate and dress up your bumper with a piece of art for a good cause. The event will take place from 5-6 p.m. Friday and 5-7 p.m. on Saturday. A volunteer nonprofit organization for over 35 years, TSAR is supported entirely by donations from the community. Donations keep TSAR vehicles running and supplied with radios and GPS units, current topo maps, medical supplies, and allows attendance to important specialty conferences. Call (575) 776-2284.

The Ranch at Taos hosts Daniel Brown

Taos painter and photographer Daniel Brown will have a pop-up exhibit Saturday (Oct. 6), 5-7 p.m., at The Ranch at Taos Gallery, 116A Kit Carson Road. Brown primarily paints in acrylics and still thrives behind the camera. For more information, call (325) 647-5736 or visit theranchattaos@hotmail.com.

Charles Ewing at Copper Moon

At an opening reception for artist Charles Ewing, Saturday (Oct. 6) from 3-6 p.m. at the Copper Moon Gallery, 105 Kit Carson Road, Ewing will demonstrate his technique of painting with ink on Claybord, a material invented by the artist. The exhibition will be on view through October. Call (575) 758-8833.

Calls for entry

• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for new artist that can work in the shop two and a half days a month, pay small membership fee, and percentage of commission on sales. Please call Effie (575) 751-1014 or (575) 741-6430 for an appointment.

• Doel Reed Center for the Arts (Oklahoma State University’s Northern New Mexico location) offers students, alumni, friends and national/international visiting artists and scholars an opportunity to experience the unique historic, cultural, and physical environment of Taos and the surrounding area. Each July the Center offers noncredit continuing education classes for adult learners. These courses are arts, academic and/or skill-based and incorporate relevant local activities and visits to museums and galleries. Interested instructors and artisans should contact Judi Baker bakerju631@gmail.com or Hollye Goddard hollyesue@cox.net for additional information and class proposal application procedures. Proposals for summer 2019 courses are due October 10.

• 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 exhibits

The “Tribal Heart” show, a retrospective collection of photographs by Gail Russell, honoring Native life and culture continues at Russell’s Gallery and Studio, North Star Plaza, State Road 522 Building 65, Suite A4, El Prado, past the intersection with State Road 150. Call (575) 776-8474 or visit gailrussellphotoartist.com.

A group exhibition titled “Luminance” continues at Untitled Fine Art. The exhibition features the bio-photonic paintings of KC Tebbutt, Kimberly Webber, Randall LaGro, Antonio Arellanes, Xaverio and fused glass artist Peggy Griffey. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exhibition through Oct. 22. (575) 758-3969.

An exhibit of artwork by Barbara Zaring and Melinda Littlejohn continues at Total Arts Gallery,122 Kit Carson Rd, Taos. “A study in contrast with two longstanding Taos Artists Melinda Littlejohn and Barbara Zaring,” a press release states. “These two could not be more different in their artistic styles and we think this dynamic will be something beautiful to behold hung in our show room at Total Arts Gallery.” The show can be previewed online at totalartsgallery.com/new-gallery-1. The exhibit will be on view until Oct. 12. Call (575) 758-4667.

“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 Nicolai Fechin’s furniture. Members are free, nonmembers $10. Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Please call (575) 758-2690 ext. 101, or email frontdesk@taosartmuseum.org to reserve your seat.

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.

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, Angel Fire Studio Tour 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.

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.


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