What's happening in Taos?

Autumn is settling in and so is the arts and entertainment scene

By Tempo staff
Posted 11/6/19

Fall is certainly settling in. For locals and visitors that usually means heading indoors for art and entertainment events that can be enjoyed in the comfort of a favorite venue, and in Taos there's plenty. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in and around Taos.

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What's happening in Taos?

Autumn is settling in and so is the arts and entertainment scene


Fall is certainly settling in. For locals and visitors that usually means heading indoors for art and entertainment events that can be enjoyed in the comfort of a favorite venue, and in Taos there's plenty. Here's a brief rundown of what's happening in and around Taos. Of course, for much more check out this week's Tempo magazine inside the Taos News on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Taos artist wins juror's prize

Taos printmaker and photographer Robbie Steinbach has been awarded a Juror’s Prize for her artwork in “Inspiration Plus: A Solar Impressions Exhibition” at the Southampton Arts Center on Long Island, New York. Her solar etching print, “Phrenology I,” was selected by artist Eric Fischl. Steinbach will be granted a one-week printmaking residency at the Grand Marais Art Colony on Lake Superior in 2020.

Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Fest kickoff

Get jazzed for the coming big festival by checking out vocalist-trumpetist Christine Fawson with the Pete Amahl Quartet jamming together Wednesday (Nov. 13) at 6:30 p.m. in the Adobe Bar at The Taos Inn, 125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. When Fawson performed in the first Jazz on Tap concert series last February, she won over the crowd with her swinging musicianship and delightful personality. She joins the Pete Amahl Quartet to kick off the Frank Morgan Taos Jazz Fest. This is a free show. Call (575) 758-2233.

TCA to screen ‘The Portal’

What would happen if seven billion people all meditated? Could it shift the trajectory of our planet? An “experiential documentary” titled "The Portal” uses an approach that follows six people (and a robot) who transform their lives using stillness and mindfulness, providing inspiration as we embark on the next phase of evolution. Supported by insights from three of the world’s foremost futurists and philosophers, “The Portal” opens hearts and minds to an exciting vision for humanity transformed and takes them on a mindfulness journey through a tapestry of technology, love, existentialism, human potential, brain hacking, stillness and inner peace. This film will be screened at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 10) and 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday (Nov. 11-13) at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is $8.50; $7 Taos Center for the Arts members; and $5 for youth 17 and under. For more, call (575) 758-2052.

Exhibits ending at the Harwood Museum

Three major exhibitions at the Harwood Museum of Art are concluding this week. They are “Judy Chicago: The Birth Project from New Mexico Collections,” “Alicia Stewart: Unfinished …” and “Jonathan Blaustein: “Party City Is the Devil.” The last chance to see them is Sunday (Nov. 10).

Between 1980-85, feminist artist Judy Chicago collaborated with more than 150 needle workers throughout the country to create nearly 100 artworks that celebrate the birth process – from the painful to the mythical. This exhibition, with its dozen-plus needle works and drawings and prints on paper, is unique in that all the work lives in New Mexico, as does the artist herself – in Belen. It is also a coming home of sorts, as part of the “Birth Project” was implemented here in Taos. Chicago’s graphics team produced exhibition signage and the project book, “Birth Project, 1985” (Doubleday) in Taos. The Harwood’s exhibition draws from the museum’s own collection as well as from the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque Museum, Through the Flower, Judy Chicago’s nonprofit feminist art organization, the artist and several private collections.

Alicia Stewart’s death at age 18 was a tragedy not only for her family and friends, but perhaps for the future world of art as well. In high school she had already proved herself. “When I saw the New Mexico School for the Arts exhibition at the Santa Fe Convention Center in 2017, I was impressed by the high quality of the graduating class but I was particularly drawn to Stewart’s ‘The Nest and Hibernation.’ They are not only beautifully painted but also deeply disturbing. They stuck in my mind,” writes curator and art critic Lucy Lippard. “As Alicia’s mother was a friend of mine, I found out more about this singular young woman and was excited to hear that she would be attending the prestigious Maryland Institute of Art in the fall. She studied there for only a month before succumbing to an epileptic attack, perhaps brought on by childhood trauma.”

This exhibition is the first museum showing of Stewart’s work.

Artist Jonathan Blaustein says in his artist statement, “The world is drowning in garbage. We all know it’s true. 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 overconsumption that is depleting the world’s resources, and changing its climate. With their candy colors and chemical nature, these paper and plastic playthings are the perfect symbol for taking what we want from the Earth, rather than what we need.”

This show can be seen in Studio 238 and Peter & Madeleine Martin Corridor.

For more, call the Harwood, 238 Ledoux Street, at (575) 758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.

Latest free play reading in Out Loud series

"Come Again" by Brenda Iovino is the featured play as part of the Out Loud Play Reading series next week Thursday (Nov. 14) at 7 p.m. in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. "An actress with a disturbed past comes to a deserted theater to regain her reasoning (and perhaps liberation from her demons), only to find she is not the only one on this quest. This play-within-a-play exposes the hidden psyches of two characters who find themselves in a deserted theater late one night," reads the synopsis. Iovino has lived in Taos County since 2006 and was living in New York City before that. This stage reading is free and open to all. For more information, call (575) 758-2052.

Capitol Christmas Tree parties

The Carson National Forest has been selected to provide the 2019 Capitol Christmas Tree, which will sit on the west lawn of the United States Capitol for the holidays. The tree – a 60-foot blue spruce (Picea pungens) with a nearly 100 percent live crown ration and full foliage from 360 degrees – will be selected out of the wilderness of Northern New Mexico. From there, it will take a cross-country tour to Washington, D.C. Along the way, the tree will be part of a variety of festivals and ceremonies in Taos County and more than 25 other communities throughout the country to celebrate New Mexico’s contribution to the holiday season.

The Carson National Forest has worked with the New Mexico Tourism Department and the nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors to help transport the tree and organize the festivities. Youth and artists in Taos County have already spent time creating ornaments that will adorn the tree once it arrives at the U.S. Capitol.

This is the second Capitol Christmas Tree to come from the Carson National Forest and the third from New Mexico since the program began in 1964.

On Monday (Nov. 11) ceremonies are planned at 9 a.m. at the Carson National Forest Eagle Rock Lake on State Route 38 in Questa. Then, at 11:30 a.m., it will be shown at Eagle Nest Town Hall, 151 North Willow Creek Drive in Eagle Nest. At 1:30 p.m., it will be shown at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, 34 Country Club Road outside Angel Fire. Then, it will be driven along U.S. 64 to Taos where it will be shown at 5 p.m. on Civic Plaza Drive. On Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 8 p.m., it will be shown at Taos Pueblo, 120 Veterans Highway. After that, it will be transported south for ceremonies in Española, Chama, Dulce, Bloomfield, Santa Fe, Albuquerque and elsewhere in New Mexico.

Greater Chaco Pueblo history talk

The Taos Archaeological Society's monthly meeting/lecture on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at 7-8 p.m will feature Paul Reed speaking on "Aztec, Salmon and the Middle San Juan as a Pueblo Heartland." During the previous six years Reed has been working to protect the Greater Chaco landscape from the effects of expanded oil-gas development. The most recent effort on this front is to partner with the Pueblo of Acoma to complete a focused ethnographic study of Acoma’s connections to the Greater Chaco Landscape. Among his other interests, Reed leads tours to Salmon and Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon, the Chuska Valley, and the Navajo Country, and gives public presentations on different topics in southwestern archaeology and history. The event takes place at Kit Carson Electric Co-op, 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, visit taosarch.org.

November artists at Taos Artist Collective

Patricia Fuhrmann, Karen Trythall and Leo Wood are the featured artists for November at the Taos Artist Collective, 106A Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos. Fuhrmann is noted for her soft pastels and oil paintings that reflect her love of nature and the outdoors; Trythall often begins in plein air but studio light and air allow for brushwork free of gnats, weather and blinding light; and Wood moved to Taos from Maine in 2008 and decided to pick up oil painting for engaging results. An opening reception is planned from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday (Nov. 9). Snacks will be served. Their show will be on view through Dec. 6. Everyone is welcome. Contact (575) 751-7122.

Fabric artists this month at the co-op

Taos Community Artist Co-op in the Old County Courthouse is featuring two of their fabric artists during the month of November – Luzita Trujillo and Effie Romero. These artists are part of the Talpa Quilter’s Guild that shows at the Stables Gallery each year. Trujillo makes Our Lady of Guadalupe pillows and wall hangings that are wildly popular, while Romero creates wall hangings and pot holders in Day of the Dead fabric. The shop is open daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The co-op consists of 22 local artists – there is something for everyone and you can start your holiday shopping early. The Taos Community Co-op is located at 121 North Plaza, Taos. For more information, contact (575) 751-1014 or (575) 776-7787.


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