What's happening in Taos?

Plenty. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on in and around your favorite Northern New Mexico community

Tempo staff
Posted 11/1/18

From Dia de los Muertos events to music and art events, Taos has it going on this week. Here's a quick look at some of the activity. For more, of course, consult the weekly calendar in our print edition on sale right now inside The Taos News or online at taosnews.com.

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What's happening in Taos?

Plenty. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on in and around your favorite Northern New Mexico community


From Dia de los Muertos events to music and art events, Taos has it going on this week. Here's a quick look at some of the activity. For more, of course, consult the weekly calendar in our print edition on sale right now inside The Taos News or online at taosnews.com.

Dia de los Muertos

Several events are centered on commemorating the Day of the Dead, aka Dia de los Muertos. Here's a rundown …

Day of the Dead Festivities Saturday (Nov. 3), 1-4 p.m., at Vagrant Heart, 216 Paseo del Cañon East. All around the world the spirits of the deceased are celebrated at this time. Bring something for the altar: a photo, memento, food, flowers, any offering that calls to you. Participants will be painting gourds, making Chinese paper lanterns, and decorative skull masks. Music will be provided by guitarists Kyle Lavarnway and Taylor Monaghan.

The Taos Center for the Arts and the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium are teaming up with The Taos Inn for a Día de los Muertos Celebration today (Nov. 1). At 5:30 p.m., participants will meet in front of the Taos Community Auditorium at 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte for a procession through Kit Carson Park.

Then, from 6-7 p.m., in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, a gathering will be held with a traditional community altar and poetry reading by Cisco Guevara. Tim Rivera, of Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations, describes the event's origin this way: "After the passing of George Chacón, a local artist, musician and community activist, who for many years hosted a Día de los Muertos gathering at The Taos Inn, I and other friends felt it important to honor George and other Taoseños who have passed by maintaining the tradition of healing and celebration that comes with the Día de los Muertos event.

The community altar will be assembled by Maria T. Garcia, and it will include artwork from Katie Woodall's students at Taos Charter School. "The TCA feels that this is a wonderful way to be involved right where we live and is glad to make space for the celebration," Taos Center for the Arts Executive Director Colette LaBouff said.

Rivera adds, "We hope that Taoseños will join us to remember our friends and family who have crossed over with music, poetry and blessings." This event is co-sponsored by Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations, Mountain Home Health Care, Golden Willow Retreat and Taos Center for the Arts. This event is free and open to the public. For questions about this event, contact LaBouff at colette@tcataos.org or Tim Rivera at tim@riverafh.com. Also, call (575) 758-2052.

The Day of the Dead event at The Taos Inn Rivera mentioned is Friday (Nov. 2). The evening will begin with Bata drumming from 5-6 p.m., a presentation on the history and significance of Day of the Dead as well as an honoring of George Chacón presented by Tim Rivera from 6-7 p.m. and a Mariachi band from 7-9:30 p.m.. "Our Day of the Dead altar will be up in our library for a week prior to the event. We encourage you to bring photos of your loved ones who have passed and notes to share on our remembrance wall," an announcement reads. The Taos Inn is located at 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2233.

The fourth annual Dia del los Muertos celebration takes place Friday (Nov. 2), 4-7 p.m., at La Sala, 2331 State Road 522, in Questa. The event will include music, artmaking and a feast of posole, prune pies, hot chocolate, pan de muerto and more.

Participants can bring photos of loved ones or objects to add to a community altar. The Questa Stories Project will be present and available to record community members' remembrances of loved-ones, if families choose to share (QuestaStories.org). Admission is free. La Sala is on the south end of the village. It is a new space that is being renovated to host a yoga studio, plus expressive arts, dance and music events, according to an announcement.

La Sala and LEAP are co-hosting the event. LEAP is Land, Experience and Art of Place, an artist-run organization that creates arts and educational events and opportunities reflecting the natural and cultural ecology of Questa and surrounding communities.

"Dia de los Muertos is a time-honored tradition to remember loved ones," the announcement reads. "It originated in Mesoamerica as a blend of Spanish, Aztec, and ancient traditions. There are few set parameters, besides food, music, bright colors, and active remembering; this may explain why Day of the Dead has spread around the globe. Today, it is celebrated worldwide and in Questa a community celebration has been held since 2015." For more information, contact Gaea McGahee at (575) 224-2102, or visit LaSalaQuesta.com. Volunteers are welcomed.

The Martínez Hacienda will host two special themed events Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 3-4). On Saturday, come and celebrate the Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos from 3-5 p.m. Admission is free. This festival celebrates life and the memory of our loved ones who have passed away. An ofrenda, or altar, will be set up in the sala of the hacienda. You may bring pictures of loved ones you want to remember and share stories about them. Activities will include decorating skull masks and/or sugar skulls; a children/youth parade on Hacienda grounds; sharing of pan de muertos special bread; and hot chocolate. Then, on Sunday at 2 p.m., all are invited to Taos Valley Santos Dialogues as a special observance of All Saints and All Souls Day at 2 pm at the Hacienda de Los Martínez. The discussion will examine the role, meaning and relevance of the santos throughout Taos Valley history. The event is free. Refreshments will also be served. Call David Fernandez at (575) 758-7608 or the Hacienda at (575) 758-1000 for more information.

Numerous other venues in Taos and Taos County will be featuring Dia de los Muertos altars and special events. Consult the Tempo online calendar at taosnews.com, our print edition or your social media feeds.

'Sweet transvestite'

Friday (Nov. 2), 6-11:30 p.m. "Rocky Horror Picture Show." Taos Pride screens the legendary 1975 rock 'n' roll horror hit movie with special guests DJ Spanky and Dusty Santamaria and Moira. Costume contest. Two screenings, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Taos Mesa Brewing, 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call (575) 779-7977.

What's in a name?

The Taos County Historical Society presents a free, public program "Place Names of New Mexico" by Robert Julyan on Saturday (Nov. 3) at 2 p.m. in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos. This program is sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The names of New Mexico's places - its town, mountains, streams, lakes and much more - are as interesting and colorful as the state itself; from Pie Town to Truth or Consequences to Tucumcari to the misspelled name of Albuquerque itself.

Bob Juylan is an Albuquerque-based author and speaker who specializes in New Mexico history and geography. He is the author of "The Place Names of New Mexico," which describes the meanings and origins of New Mexico's named places. In this lively and often humorous talk, he shares stories and answers questions. Juylan is also the author of "The Mountains of New Mexico," and his first novel, "Sweeney," won the 2012 Tony Hillerman Award from the Arizona-New Mexico Book Association.

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in 1961 for the purpose of "...preserving the history of the Taos area." Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. Visit taoscountyhistoricalsociety for additional information.

Taos Studio Works shows Frank DeAngelis

Paintings by Frank DeAngelis, a Vermont-based artist, will grace the walls of Taos Studio Works, 110A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, starting with an opening reception Friday (Nov. 2) from 5-8 p.m. There will be flamenco dancing with Julia Fernandez de Maez, and chocolates from Chokola. In his artist’s statement, DeAngelis writes, “My mediums are acrylic, oil, spray paint, water, kombucha, hardware store items, and stuff from dumpsters. I rarely use a paintbrush and chopsticks are a favorite for paint application. It’s all a wild experiment and I call my studio a laboratory.” Call (802) 578-2641.

Taos painter to exhibit in Spain

Charlotte Shroyer, known for contemporary oil paintings and monotypes of the human face, has four oil paintings in an exhibit in Madrid, Spain at the Ateneo de Madrid, Sala Prado. Curated by Trevisan International Art, the exhibit runs from Sunday (Nov. 4) through Nov. 15. In Taos, Shroyer is represented by Jackie’s Trading Post Gallery, Taos Plaza. Her work may also be viewed at charlotteshroyer.com.

John Brandi show opens at Magpie

John Brandi’s exhibit “The Fire Within” begins Sunday (Nov. 4) and will run through Nov. 30. The opening reception, however, will not be held until Nov. 10. Brandi is an El Rito painter. He arrived in New Mexico in 1971 after two and a half years in the Andes as a Peace Corps volunteer. He has been a resident ever since, often traveling internationally with his wife, Renée Gregorio. Life at home and travels abroad inform his paintings. “I’m especially drawn to the converging topography of desert and mountain, ocean and volcano, edgy port cities and ragged outback,” he said in his artist’s statement. His works on paper utilize earth and plant pigments, watercolor, ink, colored pencil, gouache, collaged paper and found objects.

Fine Art Atelier exhibits plein air painters

The Fine Art Atelier and Gallery will celebrate its first year in business in Taos with an exhibit by the Taos Plein Air Painters through the month of November. The opening reception, however, will not be held until Nov. 10 from 4-7 p.m. Fine Art Atelier, 108 Kit Carson Road, Taos. Call (719) 338-0081.

Peter Dougan talks pots

Come talk clay with Peter Dougan on your way through the Dixon Studio Tour. He creates the only functional, high-fire glazed pots made of New Mexico-dug clay, according to his press materials. He and his work will be at the Mission Embudo Building, 201 State Road 75 in Dixon. For more information call (575) 425-5085.

Calls for entry

• Sage Fine Art gallery on Taos Plaza will be interviewing for a new member artist from 5-6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month until we fill the space. We would like to talk to you if you are an artist living in Taos County with high-quality, gallery-ready artwork and can work this well-established artist-owned gallery three to four days a month and be an active part of running of the gallery. Sage Fine Art Gallery,, 115 E Plaza,, Taos. call 575) 758-9396, or drop by for more information and to make an appointment.

• The Taos Community Centers Artist Co-op is taking applications for a 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.

• 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.

Ongoing art exhibits

Taos painter Diana Smith is hosting an open studio Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 3-4). She works in pastels, acrylics and watercolors. Her studio is on 10 Cerro Ventoso Road. Take Blueberry Hill Road or Lower Ranchitos Road to Cottam Road until you reach Cerro Ventoso. Call (575) 224-0062.

Dia de los Muertos Friday (Nov. 2) is being celebrated with art at the Farmhouse Café, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in the Overland Sheepskin Compound in El Prado. Nine artists are exhibiting works of various media during the five days leading up to All Souls Day Nov. 2. Artists include Bill Binger, Joel Lage, Terrie Magnat, Elaine Nelson, Jan Nelson, Victoria Park, Gail Russell, Antonia Valdez, and Debra Villalobos. Visitors are invited to add to the altar in honor of loved ones. The evening of Thursday (Nov. 1), from 5-7 p.m., the café will host a send-off gathering for the souls invited to visit at this time of year.

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.

“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.


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