What's happening in Taos?

There's a lot going on this week, and here's your quick preview

By Tempo staff
Posted 9/11/19

There's a definite change in the air and it's not just the weather. The creative winds are whipping up in Taos this week with the opening of The Paseo art expo and next week with ...

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What's happening in Taos?

There's a lot going on this week, and here's your quick preview


There's a definite change in the air and it's not just the weather. The creative winds are whipping up in Taos this week with the opening of The Paseo art expo and next week with the Taos Fall Arts Festival. Of course, there's so much more going on, so we've put together a brief overview of what's going on. For more, check out Tempo magazine inside Taos News on newsstands bright and early Thursday morning.

Former CIA officer reads from her mystery

At the monthly meeting of the Op. Cit. Books’ Mystery Book Club, author Valerie Plame will be present for a reading, signing and Q&A of her new work, “Burned.” The event is planned Tuesday (Sept. 17) from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Stella’s Italian Restaurant, 112 Camino de la Placita, Taos. The former CIA officer, who resigned after some controversy in 2005, and wrote a big-time memoir about it, “Fair Game,” turns to her newest suspenseful tale (after “Blowback”) involving Vanessa Pierson, who narrowly escapes a devastating explosion at the Louvre – and suspects the notorious nuclear arms dealer Bhoot was behind the attack. But after staking her career on capturing the madman, it seems a new and even bigger threat has emerged. Plame’s reading is a free event, though lunch is on your own. Plame is also running for Congress from New Mexico.

Jonathan Blaustein exhibits superfluous party supplies

This artist wants you to know in no uncertain terms: “The world is drowning in garbage. Whether clogging our landfills or choking fish in the sea, our addiction to things in late-capitalist America is leading to the potential extinction of nearly everything. In 2016, I decided to use party supplies as a metaphor for the absurdist, runaway over-consumption that is depleting the world’s resources, and changing its climate.” Jonathan Blaustein’s exhibit, “Party City Is the Devil,” plays with art from discarded plastic party goods. Meet this artist at an opening reception Friday (Sept. 13) from 4-6 p.m. at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Free with museum admission. Contact info@harwoodmuseum.org.

Taos Artists Collective show

On Saturday (Sept. 14) from 4-7 p.m., attend the reception for the charming new exhibit, “Three Artists in Love with Taos.” Catherine van Berg will feature her dazzling oil landscapes and portraits. Terry Fiala will be showing his photography/digital media. And Olgateresa Gonzalez will be showing her mixed-media work. Free and open to all. Taos Artist Collective is located at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Contact olga@taosnet.com.

Meet the artist Laura Megariz

A native of the Southwest, Laura Megariz grew up in Northern New Mexico and now resides in Ojo Caliente. Inspired by the pottery of the Southwest prehistoric Indian cultures, Megariz studied technique with Nicholas Quesada of Nuevo Casa Grande, then worked with archaeologists in southern Arizona. She learned to create individual and unique pieces gathering the same materials and using the coil and scrape techniques used by the ancestral Pueblo people and the Hohokam. Each handmade pot is pit-fired in Ojo Caliente. Meet this unusual artist on Saturday (Sept. 14), from noon to 4 p.m. at the Fechin Studio at Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Contact fechinhouse@gmail.com.

TCA’s new office manager

Gina Gargone is the new face in the office of the Taos Center for the Arts. Gargone has taken over as the organization’s new office manager. Gargone has a degree in theater from Connecticut College, and a master’s in Eastern classics from St. John’s College. Since her arrival in Taos in 2011, she’s incorporated a small theater company, Teatro Serpiente, that’s dedicated to bringing community theater all over Taos County. She is currently the head writer for “Good News Good Planet,” a 2.5 minute daily dose of positive news stories from around the world that airs locally on KNCE-FM 93.5 radio. “Gargone brings her unbridled enthusiasm for the arts and our community to the TCA and looks forward to new artistic adventures in the years to come,” a TCA announcement states. “We’re pleased to have her as part of the team.” The Taos Center for the Arts is located at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call (575) 758-2052.

Volunteers needed to chaperone children at Harwood Museum

Every year the Harwood Museum of Art invites over 800 children to attend our innovative Art in the Schools program. Each child attends four times during the school year. Volunteers give us one-half day per week to accompany school groups through the museum and in the studio. Sometimes we even walk to the museum with school groups. If you would like to help with Art in the Schools during the 2019-20 school year, contact Jayne Schell, museum educator, at education@harwoodmuseum.org. The Volunteer Orientation is today (Sept. 12) from 1-2:30 p.m. at the museum.

New High Road Studio Tour Trail App

The free High Road Art Trail mobile app is now available, bringing year-round access to many of the artists and experiences found on the High Road and acts as a complement to the High Road Artisans Studio Tour studio taking place next weekend, Saturday-Sunday (Sept. 21-22), as well as Sept- 28-29. Many of the tour’s artists are producing works of art all year, however, their work may be harder to access beyond the tour weekends. With the app you can learn more about them and their work, through images, videos and text. If you choose, you can reach out to them via email or phone by the touch of a button. You can easily get maps and directions to their studios and galleries. The app also brings places to eat, sleep and visit to your fingertips as well.

“There are a lot of great things around here we want to share with the public,” said Chuck Jones, who is an artist on the tour and the trail and who developed the app. “We want the app to be the place to go to learn about and experience the High Road.” The free High Road Trail App is available on Android at Google Play, and for the Apple platform it will soon be on the App Store. For more information, contact info@.highroadnewmexico.com, and visit highroadnewmexico.com.

Nepalese anthropologist shares his ecological vision

Born and raised in a traditional village in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, Dr. Pramod Parajuli has long been interested in how to protect and regenerate the life-supporting cultural and ecological systems that sustain us. A thoughtful leader, anthropologist, political ecologist and educator of sustainability studies and education, Parajuli is currently developing Annapurna Pluriversity, an establishment for local and international students to learn methods of “regenerating life, livelihoods, learning and leadership” in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal. He is visiting Northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to seek out partners for Annapurna Pluriversity. Join him for a presentation on his vision and an informal discussion on how our bioregion might be a part of this hopeful, international educational endeavor on Friday (Sept. 13) at 5:30 p.m. at SOMOS, 108 Civic Plaza Drive. For his talk, Parajuli will be joined by his colleague, Dr. Stuart Cowan of the Regenerative Community Network of the Capital Institute. This is a free event, open to everyone. Contact Jan Smith at somos@somostaos.org.

Wags and Wine Bark Park

Bring your BFF (Best Furry Friend) to Brandenberg Park on Saturday (Sept. 14) for the Wags and Wine Bark Park Fundraising Event. Friendly dogs (on leashes) and their two-legged sponsors will be treated to great local libations furnished by local wineries, distilleries and breweries. The park will be filled with vendors for both dogs and humans, dog games, a costume and lookalike contest, doggie and people ice cream, groomers, therapy dogs, a dog psychic, a silent auction and live music from the Highway 38 Houndogs — just a paw-full of things happening at this wag-a-palozza. All proceeds from the event will support and grow the Red River Bark Park located on High Street in downtown Red River. The event is free for pets and their owners, but you will have to purchase a wine glass to use for tasting all the delicious offerings. For more information about the event, sponsorships, vendors or donations please email Diane Hughes at dbhughes44@gmail.com.

Three poets read at SOMOS

On Saturday (Sept. 14) from 5:30 to 7 p.m., check out the extraordinary and eclectic poetry talent present in Taos this week with readings by Cyrus Cassells, Kevin Prufer and Noah Blaustein. Cassells is the author, most recently, of “The Crossed-Out Swastika,” finalist for the Balcones Prize for Best Poetry Book of 2012. He teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos. Prufer is the author of “How He Loved Them” (2018), among others, and is the recipient of four Pushcart prizes, among other prizes; he is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Houston. And Noah Blaustein is the author of the poetry collections “After Party” and “Flirt,” both from the University of New Mexico Press, and the anthology “Motion: American Sports Poems.” SOMOS is located at Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Contact Jan Smith at somos@somostaos.org.

‘Where Is Rocky II?’

Check out this unusual documentary “Where Is Rocky II?” that pursues the legacy of Ed Ruscha’s artwork on Wednesday (Sept. 18) at 7-9:30 p.m. at the Harwood Museum. At the end of the 1970s, artist Ed Ruscha left an artwork – a fake rock – somewhere in the vast Mojave Desert. French artist Pierre Bismuth has spent a decade trying to find it – with the help of a private detective and a film crew. The screening is free. The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street, Taos. Contact info@harwoodmuseum.org.don’t miss it

Calls for entry

Thursday (Sept. 12) is the last day for poets, writers, bards of all manner stop by the Dragonfly Blue Gallery at 109 Kit Carson Road B, Taos, to select a piece of art from our gallery that inspires a poem. Limit of 300 word count. Poems will be recited on 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, on Friday (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.

Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos is welcoming artists submissions for a poster publicizing the annual Garden & Home Tour. Images of paintings or photographs should be representative of garden settings or typical Taos homes and vistas or flowers. They should be high resolution, and vertical to fit the poster layout. For submission, the image may be in emailable resolution. There is no submission fee. Submission deadline is Oct. 1. Submissions and questions, contact smithheidim@gmail.com.


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