What's happening in Taos?

Summer may be winding down, but the arts and entertainment scene is still poppin'

By Tempo staff
Posted 8/22/19

Monsoonal weather seems to be having the effect of turning on a big swamp cooler over the Taos area these days. So, if you're wanting a super fine place to beat the heat, this is it. And, while you're here, there's a lot to do. Such as ...

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What's happening in Taos?

Summer may be winding down, but the arts and entertainment scene is still poppin'


Monsoonal weather seems to be having the effect of turning on a big swamp cooler over the Taos area these days. So, if you're wanting a super fine place to beat the heat, this is it. And, while you're here, there's a lot to do. Such as ...

Picker fest in Red River

Southwest Pickers Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival takes place in Red River on Thursday-Sunday (Aug. 22-25). At this annual event you can enjoy a plethora of bluegrass, old-time and Americana bands, instructional workshops, dancing, food, beer garden and vendors. Come on down at the Brandenburg Park and the Red River Conference Center. Visit southwestpickers-festival.org for events and tickets. See feature on Page 22 in this week's Tempo magazine.

Club Fechin 2019

Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is fixing to celebrate its 15th anniversary in a most memorable fashion at the annual gala, Club Fechin 2019 on Saturday (Aug. 24). Four hours of fun and frivolity at the fabulous Fechin House, including a live fine art auction as well as a silent auction, a five-star feast and a jazz fête featuring trumpeter Ilya Serov. Sure to be the festive finale of summer. This event is sold out, but if you wnat to be added to the waiting list, call (575) 758-2690.  Fechin House is located at Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

From trash to treasure

Arte de Descartes XIX, our 19th-annual, juried recycled art show, will be opening on Saturday (Aug. 24) from 4-7 p.m. The show represents a wide variety of art made by nearly 60 artists using discarded metal, scraps of wood, cloth, glass, plastic, paper and what not. Many of the artists have decades of experience and unique styles. The show runs though Sept. 7, and is open daily from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. A truly diverse and exceptional show. For more information, contact Melissa Larson at Wholly Rags at (575) 751-9862. See our cover story this week in Tempo magazine on Page 24.

Food, fun and livestock

Taos County Fair takes place Friday through Sunday (Aug. 23-25) at Juan I. Gonzales Memorial Taos County Agricultural Center, 202 Chamisa Road, Taos. Arts and crafts, livestock, foods, entertainment and more. Visit taoscountyfair.com for events.

Party on the Río

Amigos Bravos’ third annual Rally for the Rio takes place on the banks of the Río Grande on Saturday (Aug. 24) from noon to 5 p.m. between Pilar and Dixon at the County Line Public River Access area, 2410 State Road 68. Four live bands (Sol Connection from Noon - 2 p.m.; Bob Andrews from 2-3 p.m.; Dread Fermata from 3-4 .m.; and Elizabeth Jose from (4-5 p.m.), craft beer from Red River Brewing Company, gourmet tacos from 108 Roving Food; face painting and other kids' activities, plus a free fly-fishing demo in the afternoon. This is a free dog-friendly event for socialized, leashed dogs. An event to celebrate water and life on the banks of the Río Grande at the County Line River Access. Contact Nina Anthony at membership@amigosbravos.org or (575) 758-3874

Free PASEO workshop

La Llorona explored in pre-PASEO 2019 event. Tessa Cordóva and Las Pistoleras are included in prefestival education and engagement programming. The Paseo Project is having a summer workshop in advance of the PASEO 2019 festival in collaboration with Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte. This free, all-ages workshop happens Saturday (Aug. 24) at 3 p.m. at Las Pistoleras Instituto Cultural de Arte, 1219 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in El Prado.

Tessa Cordóva will facilitate the afternoon event, titled “La Llorona: HERstoricized.” “Philosophies and ideologies are often buried and hidden within legend, myth, archetype and story. As we unpack the complexities of story-making, it is important to realize the mirrors to the past that connect us as humans. The legend of La Llorona is no different. Her story comes from the actual history of colonization and mestizaje (mixed-blood), and represents the story of La Malinche, also known as Malinali and Doña Marina, lover of Hernán Córtes and birth mother of the mixing of Spanish and Indigenous children."

The workshop is free and open to all ages. Food, music and storytelling will be included as the community is invited to explore the legend of La Llorona in preparation for the annual festival. Contact J. Matthew Thomas at paseoproject.org.

Cowboy poetry gathering in Cimarrón

Sixth annual Cimarrón Cowboy Music and Poetry Gathering takes place Friday and Saturday (Aug. 23-24). It is a celebration of the West, past and present. Two dozen national award-winning pickers and poets will perform in two night shows and one continuous day show on Saturday. This family-friendly event brings you song and spoken verses which illustrate the history and life from the first cattle drives of the 1860s to the present. Come be part of the lifestyle which has become the American icon. All performances will be held at the Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center, four miles south of Cimarrón, NM, on State Road 21. Night shows Friday and Saturday from 7-9:30 p.m., plus a continuous day show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tickets are $15. Children under 12 $5. Chuckwagon breakfast on Saturday ($10) and chicken fried steak Saturday evening ($20) will be right outside the performance hall. For more information, see our website, cimarroncowboygathering.com or our FB page, cimarron cowboy gathering. Call Dale for more info at (317) 410-1326.

‘The Faithful’ opens with devotional Hispanic art

Santos are depictions of various saints, angels, Mary and Jesus Christ. Santeros are the people who make the religious iconography. Images of saints are not worshiped but are used as conduits to the saints. Communication with them allows a person to request assistance, much like a best friend would help in a crisis. Though a market for devotional art flourishes in this area, santos were not originally created as art. Santos do not operate in the aesthetic realm but in the sacred. This exhibit at the Millicent Rogers Museum opening Friday explores the history of santos while asking: Where does art end and the sacred begin? (See the article by this title in the Aug. 15 issue of Tempo.) The exhibition features various interpretations of santos created by a very diverse group of santeros, paying tribute to both the art and the sacred. Museum admission. Reception is Friday (Aug. 23) from 5-7 p.m. Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Road in El Prado. Contact Kathryn Ritter at coordinator@millicentrogers.org or (575) 758-2462.

Four artists who have something to say

‘Construction/Abstraction’ is a variety of work from local artists Blair Brown, Hank Brusselback, Hanne Huisjes and Josie Kelly. A reception is planned Friday (Aug. 23) from 4-8 p.m. at the Gaucho Blue Contemporary Art Gallery, 14148 State Road 75 in Peñasco. Brown will be showing her new work “Audubon Re-Imagined” – a mixed-media series featuring birds, as well as recent “Cartography” paintings. Brusselback will get us thinking with his social commentary paintings, “Plaster the Walls” posters and latest book “Clowns Dancing on a Tank.” Huisjes has been constructing his curious boxes, weaving intriguing wool rugs and will be showing his abstract prints. And Kelly works her magic with paint and imagination to produce abstract expressionistic paintings inspired by the New Mexico light and the peace of her home. The show runs through Sept. 15. Peñasco is located in Southern Taos County. Contact Lise Poulsen at Info@GauchoBlue.com or (575) 587-1076.

Artists discuss their ‘Otherworldly’ show at the Encore

Next Thursday (Aug. 29) at 4 p.m. at the Encore Gallery, three artists discuss their work. Gretchen Ewert, Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington and Paula Verona have known each other since the 90’s, when they first started getting together to share their common concerns as artists. Why the show together? The artists agree that most of the work is completely new to Taos and that it is a shared, fresh take on nature. Gretchen Ewert’s sculptures in clay and 2-dimensional mixed media on board move back and forth between the micro world of botany and deep space. Kathleen Ferguson-Huntington depicts “Otherworldly” in dense layers. Her world is intricacy, detail and color, almost at a cellular level. “Otherworldy” is on view through Sept. 29. Encore Gallery is inside the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.

Binford-Bell Studios show original giclee images

The Brewery is displaying the giclee photographic prints by Jacqui Binford-Bell, who is both a painter and photographer and has a studio in Black Lake south of Angel Fire. His studio will be number one at the Annual Angel Fire Studio Tour on Sept. 28-29. Enchanted Brewing is located at 20 Sage Lane, Angel Fire.

Calls for entry

Glam Trash Fashion Show will take place Aug. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m. on Taos Plaza. Entry fees are based on the age of the designer of the outfit: adult 20-plus years $25; teen 13-19 $15; child 12 and under $5. Materials used should be from the waste stream, not purchased for use. (Not new plastic bags, unused tinfoil, duct tape, etc.). Entry forms can be picked up at Seconds Eco Store on Bent Street Shops or email glamtrashfashion@gmail.com. They can be sent to 120 Bent Street D, Taos NM 87571 or delivered in person to Seconds Eco Store. We need entry forms by Monday (Aug. 26) – sooner is better – but you can work on outfits until day of show. Call Sara at (575) 770-7790.

Poets, writers, bards of all manner stop by the Dragonfly Blue gallery at 109 Kit Carson Road B, Taos, from now till Sept. 12 to select a piece of art from our gallery that inspires a poem. Limit of 300 word count. Poems will be recited on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 22 for an Ekphrasis Afternoon from 3-5 p.m. Copies of written work (with your contact information) to be delivered by Sept. 14. Contact (909) 784-8490 for more information.

Artists needed for the 2019 Taos Fall Arts Festival, with the theme “Of Heaven and Earth/Del Cielo y de la Tierra,” Sept. 20. To enter, bring artwork, submission form (available online and at the take-in desk) and entry fee to Guadalupe Parish Gym, 205 Don Fernando Street, Taos, between on Sept. 13 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. All submissions must be delivered to the gym; there are no online submissions. For more details and downloadable forms, go to: taosfallarts.com/call-for-open-exhibition. For any questions or problems, call Norlynne Coar at (310) 365-1786.


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