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The last weekend of Fall Arts brings even more creative happenings

By Tempo staff
Posted 9/25/19

Even though this weekend marks the end of the Taos Fall Arts Festival for 2019, there's still a lot of arts and entertainment happenings going on all over Taos ...

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What's happening in Taos this week?

The last weekend of Fall Arts brings even more creative happenings


Even though this weekend marks the end of the Taos Fall Arts Festival for 2019, there's still a lot of arts and entertainment happenings going on all over Taos and the region. For details, of course, check out this week's edition of Tempo magazine inside the Taos News, on sale bright and early Thursday morning.

Lunafest celebrates women in film

“Luna has always believed in the power of women. From the beginning, we knew women had a role to play in shaping the future of the film industry so in 2000, Lunafest was born,” a statement reads. Check out the free one-night-only Women’s Short Film Festival to benefit Taos women facing homelessness. HEART (Hope, Empowerment, Advocacy, Respect and Transitional housing) of Taos wants to give back to the community in appreciation for their ongoing support as it prepares to open the first-ever shelter for women and children in the Taos County area.

The festival will be screened Thursday (Sept. 26), 7 p.m., at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Lunafest showcases the work of talented women directors from all over the world. Discover the groundbreaking women from prior seasons, along with the ones who are changing the industry with this year’s lineup.

Note: Films featured in Lunafest are not rated but it is  suggested age 13 and over for this season’s lineup. Total program running time is 85 minutes. Admission is free; donations accepted. For more, call the TCA at (575) 758-2052.

Grief nurse practitioner speaks

Regina Powers is a Western-trained family nurse practitioner who lost someone dear over 25 years ago. With study and help from a healer, she found energy medicine and the five elements of Chinese medicine, and everything shifted in the way she saw and treated people. She ended up losing everything in the Northern California fires of Oct. 2017, which became the catalyst for her to write “What Color Is Your Medicine.” The book offers cases and experiences of how she works with the imbalances of the emotional and physical body in order to help patients discover ways to find more peace and balance in life and in themselves. Hear her speak today (Sept. 26) at 5-7 p.m. at SOMOS Salon, Civic Plaza Drive, Taos. Visit soljourneys.com.

Star-gazing at Wild Rivers

There will be two family-friendly nighttime events at Wild Rivers Recreation Area, Cerro, this weekend. First, on Friday (Sept. 27) at 7 p.m. at Wild Rivers Visitor Center, “Star Parties” with Lee Mesibov, Colin Nichols and El Valle Astronomers is taking advantage of some of the most awe-inspiring night skies in the country. The astronomers will bring their big telescopes and their knowledge of the stars, focusing in on galaxies, star clusters and perhaps a planet or two. Dress warmly and have a red filter on your flashlight. Telescopes will be set up in the Wild Rivers Visitor Center parking lot.

Then on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 7 p.m. at the Wild Rivers Amphitheater, check out the second annual Video Prism Festival by John Wenger. A living legend in the Wild Rivers area, coming here with Land Art students for almost 40 years, Wenger has embraced the art of video filming and production. He will host the film festival with cutting-edge video artists from New Mexico, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. Dress warmly for this outdoor event. Both events are free. Call the Wild Rivers Visitor Center for details on both events at (575) 586-1150.

Taos Fall Arts winners and more

This weekend marks the close of this year’s Taos Fall Arts Festival, but it doesn’t mean the end of activities planned to help inform and enlighten artists and art lovers. If you attended the opening reception for the festival Friday (Sept. 20), you saw the Image Awards, Lifetime Achievement, Visionary Artist, Poster Artist and more given out (see ‘Taos Fall Arts celebrates 45 years of artistic excellence’ in the Sept. 19 issue or online at taosnews.com). But, what weren’t announced prior to the event were the Best of Show and Honorable Mention awards. These were given out by the judge, Chilean sculptor and teacher Andrea Pichaida.

Winner of Best of Show was Daniel A. Brown for his painting, “All of Heaven and Earth.” Honorable Mention Awards went to Lydia Johnston for “Out of the Blue,” J.K. Lampkin for “Water Sanctuary” and Jamie Wells for “Red Waves.” Gold Stars went to Gretchen Ewert for “The Beginning of Everything,” Dennis Johnson for “First Frost,” Anne Astrella Buel for “La Llovia y El Rio (The Rain and the River),” Jim Barker for “Distant Hills,” Charlotte Miller for “Abundance” and Raymond Wolf for “Blue Landscape.”

The coveted People’s Choice awards will be given at the close of the exhibit, which is Sunday (Sept. 29).

This weekend will also feature the festival’s “Art & Words: Critical Thinking and Writing About Art” symposium in conjunction with the Society of the Muse of the Southwest literary arts organization. The events are scheduled for Friday and Saturday (Sept. 27-28). They are the brain child of Paul Figueroa, president of the board of both Taos Art Council and Taos Fall Arts Festival, and Ann Landi, art writer for over 25 years.

The “Art & Words” schedule begins with a Friday (Sept. 27), 7 p.m., keynote presentation by Peter Plagens titled “My Life in Art Criticism” at the Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux Street.

Then on Saturday (Sept. 28), at 10 a.m., there will be a panel discussion titled “Artists Writing About Their Art” with Lauren Tresp, editor and publisher of Southwest Contemporary (formerly The Magazine); Tempo editor Rick Romancito; museum educator Elaine Ritchel; and arts administrator Jordan Eddy at SOMOS Salon and Bookshop, 108 Civic Plaza Drive.

At noon, there will be a Youth Writing Workshop for ages 10 to 18 with Krystal Cretercos at the Harwood Museum and SOMOS Salon and Bookshop.

And at 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion titled “The Evolution of Art Criticism” with Ann Landi, Peter Plagens, Laurie Fendrich, Lucy Lippard and Garth Clark at the Harwood Museum of Art. For more information, visit somostaos.org or taosfallarts.com.

Treasures of the Leavitt Collection

Granddaughter of E.I. Couse, Virginia Couse-Leavitt and her husband, Ernie Leavitt, were avid art collectors in the early 1990s. At that time they had started spending six months of the year in Taos helping to care for the home of her grandfather, one of the founders of the Taos Art Colony. “Up to that point we had never considered buying art ourselves but were content to be surrounded by art inherited from our families,” Couse-Leavitt said. At that time, venues such as the Fenix, Parks, Worth and Mission galleries, among others, carried the works of notable artists including Larry Bell, Melissa Zink, Michio Takayama, Randall LaGro, Irv and Jan Janiero and many others, which the couple collected over 20 years and is now on view. “Treasures of the Leavitt Collection” feature an eclectic mix of 45 works in diverse media by notable Taos artists and opens with a reception Saturday (Sept. 28), at 5-7 p.m. at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road. Proceeds will benefit the Lunder Research Center at the Couse-Sharp Historic Site. The exhibit continues into October. For specific dates and times, contact David Mapes at david@davidanthonyfineart.com.

Art opening at the Taos Inn

Two artists of landscape and open space will be showing their work at the historic Taos Inn, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Sur, Taos. Alison Robbenhaar tries to capture open space, which she feels is rapidly being consumed by real estate developers. She regularly goes to places that have been slated for development and tries to capture the essence of those areas before they are developed. Barbara Barrett is a landscape painter with a unique sense of place. Her passion is landscape, and the Taos area is her inspiration. Join them at the reception today (Sept. 26) at 4-6 p.m. at the Taos Inn. Show runs though January. Contact info@tcataos.org.

Angel Fire Studio Tour

The self-guided Angel Fire Studio Tour is Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 28-29), 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and includes over 30 artists, selling their artwork at 18 different locations. The tour begins at the bottom of Taos Canyon, travels to Valle Escondido, back through Taos Canyon to Angel Fire and finishes in the beautiful Black Lake area. A wide variety of highly skilled artists will be showing their work. Artwork includes, pottery, painting, photography, hand made fly rods, children’s books, art quilts, turned wood bowls, stained glass, wood sculpture and much, much more.

A map/brochure is available at the Visitor Centers in Taos, and the Angel Fire Chamber of Commerce, 3407 Mountain View Blvd. in Angel Fire. Maps are also available at each studio stop. If driving up the Taos Canyon, the studio of Laurie Hill Phelps will be your first stop. Phelps is located at 26047 U.S. 64 East and maps will be available there.

Taos Artists Co-op highlights

Two new featured artists at the Taos Artists Co-op are on exhibit till the end of the month of September: Kimry Griffin, who will be showing her fabric purses and handbags of all sizes; and Deborah Jernberg, who exhibits her oil on canvas and oil on tiles. The co-op has 20 other local artists within this shop as an economic effort for Taos County artists. Free. The Taos Co-op is located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse at 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie F. Romero at talpacommunitycenter@yahoo.com or (575) 758-1054.


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