What's happening in Taos, Feb. 6- 12

Posted 2/6/20

February is off to a rousing start with plenty of art, literary and music events in the Taos scene to take in this week. Here are some highlights:

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What's happening in Taos, Feb. 6- 12

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February is off to a rousing start with plenty of art, literary and music events in the Taos scene to take in this week. Here are some highlights:

View this year’s Oscar-nominated short films

For the 15th consecutive year, Shorts HD and Magnolia Pictures present the Oscar-nominated short films at the Harwood Museum on Saturday (Feb. 8) from noon to 6:30 p.m. With all three categories offered – animated (noon to 1:25 p.m.), live action (1:45 to 3:30 p.m.) and documentary (3:50 to 6:30 p.m.) – this is your chance to predict the winners (and have the edge in your Oscar’s pool). The Academy Awards take place Sunday (Feb. 9). Tickets are $8/$10 for single category films; and $16/$20 for all three categories in a one-day marathon. The Harwood Museum of Art is located at 238 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-9826.

Winter Author Series launches at Taos Public Library

A series of local authors will be reading and presenting their new works at the Taos Public Library on Saturdays at 2 p.m. from now through mid-March. On Friday (Feb. 8) Brian Allan Skinner, author most recently of “The Magic of Kindness,” gets things started, followed by Doris Dillistone, co-author, with Jonathan Warm Day Coming, of “Luna: Mare with the Blue Eyes” (Feb. 22), Brenda Wilhelmson with her “Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife” (March 7) and concluding with Chicano illustrator El Moises with his book, “No More Bullies/No Mas Bullies” by Rudolfo Anaya, on March 14. These are free events, open to the public. Taos Public Library is located at 402 Camino de la Placita. Call Kate Alderete at (575) 770-2549.

Horse trainer’s moving memoir

Ginger Gaffney will speak on her affecting memoir, “Half Broke,” in which she recounts how she helped retrain the troubled horses at an alternative prison ranch in New Mexico. With deep insight into how animals and humans communicate through posture, body language and honesty of spirit, Gaffney walks us through her struggle to train the untrainable. The free event takes place on Sunday (Feb. 9) at 2-3:30 p.m. at Op. Cit. Books, 124 Bent Street. Call Betty Palmer at (575) 751-1999.

World-class flamenco at Old Martina’s Hall

A rousing tablao-style flamenco show takes place next Thursday (Feb. 13) at 7-8:30 p.m. featuring celebrated Spanish flamenco guitarist Juani de la Isla in performance with dancers Valeria Montes and Juan Siddi and guest artists from Spain. Tickets $30 at casaflamenca.org or (505) 247-0622. Old Martina’s Hall is located at 4140 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos.

KNCE Radiothon supports animal welfare

Tune in to KNCE or truetsosradio.com on Thursday (Feb. 13) from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. to learn more about Stray Hearts Animal Shelter and animal welfare issues affecting our community. Host Stephen Plyler will be featuring guests throughout the day. Matching funds will double your donation. This is an important civic benefit. Call Donna Karr at (303) 551-5413.

Taos Plaza Live calling all musicians

Taos Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for Taos Plaza Live 2020, which takes place every Thursday in the summer as a free community-wide event. Get your act together and go to taoschamber.com for all the information.

Plein Air painters exhibit at Fechin Studio

Plein Air Painters of New Mexico (PAPNM), a professional association of artists dedicated to the business of preserving and promoting painting “en plein air” – in the open air or outdoors – is displaying their work at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to advancing plein air painting in the tradition of New Mexico’s renowned early and mid-20th century artists, PAPNM provides regular opportunities for members to paint together during monthly “paintouts” and hosts annual juried and open exhibitions of members’ work. The free opening reception takes place Saturday (Feb. 8) at 2-4 p.m. Call Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.

18th Annual Miniatures Show & Sale

This delightful miniature show tradition at the Millicent Rogers Museum opens Tuesday (Feb. 7) and runs through March 1. The show and sale includes paintings, drawings, photography, prints, sculpture, pottery and jewelry, all produced by Taos County artists – and over 150 artworks were submitted for consideration. These works are offered for sale as a way to support both the local arts community and the museum. This event provides a great opportunity for emerging and established artists to exhibit their work side-by-side. Vote for best of show in 2D and 3D works, as well as jewelry submissions. Opening reception is Friday (Feb. 7) at 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15; or $10 for MRM members. Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado. Call Kathryn Ritter at (575) 758-2462.

Taos Artist Organization cocktail party

As the new vice president of the Taos Artist Organization, Sarah Bush, reports, the group will be announcing some changes to its upcoming annual studio tour at a membership drive cocktail party (cash bar and appetizers) on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Sagebrush Inn. Some of the highlights include: a three-week preview show for the studio tour at the Paseo Norte Gallery (next to Vortex Yarns) in August and September that will include artist talks and demonstrations; a discount for joining the group in February; and additional spring and December shows for group members to participate in. Come to the cocktail party to learn more about the organization – the Sagebrush Inn is located at 1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

Benefit for Men's Shelter coming up

Hearts and Stars 2020 event for the Taos Men's Shelter is swiftly approaching on Feb. 15 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, 119 Kit Carson Road. The popular annual exhibition and sale features small works and fine art by local artists. There will be food, entertainment, a raffle. and plenty of good cheer and fun. All to benefit the Taos Coalition to End Homelessness. Tickets are $20 per person. Contact Robert Nightingale at info@wnightingale.com or (575) 758-3255.

Call for entries

• Seventh-annual Paseo Project is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 and will again take over the streets of Taos with projection, installation and performance art. They are currently seeking artists; the theme is “Transformations.” Deadline for submissions is Feb. 29. Entries are accepted through CaFE with a fee of $15 per entry. Entry for Taos County artists is free. Visit paseoproject.org for all the details.

• Taosfolk, the ingenious winter pop-up store, will pop up this summer at the Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, from July 2-29. Artists are encouraged to have a “green angle” to their art – recycled, upcycled, reloved, repurposed, reimagined. All are encouraged to apply. Go to taosfolk.com, click on “participate.” Submissions end Friday (Feb. 7). Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.

• Harwood Museum invites artists living and working in Taos as well as those who may have moved away but have deep roots in the area to apply for a contemporary art juried exhibition. All entries must be submitted digitally to harwoodmuseum.org by midnight on March 1 free of charge. Artists will be notified of the decision in mid-April. Each artist will have the opportunity to submit three works of art (six images total) created in the past three years as well as a biography and CV. Jury will consist of Harwood’s curator, Nicole Dial-Kay, and Douglas Dreishpoon and Dakota Hoska. Visit the website for specifications.

Ongoing events

Taos Town Hall presents autistic artist Jesse – "Taos Celebrates Diversity" by Taos Arts Council Art in Public Spaces through March 27. At 400 Camino de la Placita. Contact paulcfigueroa@gmail.com.

Blumenschein Home and Museum of Taos Historical Museums continues to exhibit group show "A Winter in Taos" through March 1. At 222 Ledoux Street. Call (575) 758-0505.

Encore Gallery at TCA, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Ambos Lados is an international Mexican-U.S. print exchange of 158 prints, on exhibit till Feb. 9, with talks and a live demo.

At the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, “Marjorie Eaton: A Life in Pictures,” is showing through March 1. At 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Contact (575) 758-2690.

Millicent Rogers Museum, El Prado, exhibits: “Majestic Owls,” through Feb. 16; and “Millicent, an Icon of American Style” through April 30.

Four major artists exhibit at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street, through April 26: Subhankar Banerjee, “Long Environmentalism”; Beatrice Mandelman, “Overflowing with Color”; Dean Pulver, “Elemental Resonance”; and Larry Bell, “Cubic Propositions.” Call (575) 758-9826.

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