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Daniela Huber comes from Switzerland, and Adrian Fuller from New York. They first met on a rooftop in Goa, India; reconnected in California; traveled to Mexico and Salt Lake City together, and now live here in Taos. Ten months ago, they started working on a project which would tell the story of an extinct tribe called the Sandwater Children. more
Lydia Johnston is always exploring more - and deeper. Getting a new lease on life is the effect Lydia Johnston's art process has on me. After a visit to her Hondo Mesa studio last June, I walked away excited by the prospect of looking at my day-to-day life as a canvas - a specific, creative expression of whatever is flowing within me in any given moment. more
As the pandemic continues to disrupt the world, the fashion industry is one area that is being hit hard, and is now looking at how it will be changed in the long term. more
On the cusp of the pandemic, Zoë Zimmerman's work revolved around people. Whether photographing the working people of Taos for her Works in Progress series for Tempo, or taking recital portraits for the Academy of Performing Arts, there would always be someone in her studio. With the outbreak of COVID-19, this paradigm changed overnight. more
“The United States was founded on the murder, dislocation and genocide of the indigenous people of this land. These violent colonizers then became internationally wealthy on the abduction, enslavement, lynching and torture of African people. For the last 400 years, the U.S. has continued to imprison, oppress, abuse and murder black and brown people daily. more
Apologies to Cecilia Cuff for misspelling her name in the article "Art Matters" in last week’s Tempo. We reached out to Cuff to apologize and invited her to share information about Parse Seco with our readers. more
Kid art is art Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorfrom the heart. Kid art is "this is me." It is an overflow of aliveness that is authentic and real. It seems that here in Taos, we live in a community where there is a background acceptance of art as a way of being human. It must have come from the centuries of village life, independent homesteaders surviving by smart craft. more
As we emerge blinking out of lockdown into the blossom-filled sunshine, it's time to slough off our comfy sweats and pull out our favorite warm-weather outfits to celebrate. more
Exciting is how Taos photographer Kathryn Hayden describes her new world post-isolation. Originally located on Kit Carson Road, Hayden bought property in Lower Las Colonias, and during self-isolation set up her home and new studio there, where she's been busy painting, installing lighting and scouting locations for outdoor photo shoots on her property. more
Taos' new normal is happening apace - small retail shops opening here and there - but all with new precautionary measures. Two Graces Gallery, for instance, opened quietly Tuesday (May 26) and plans a more official open-door policy June 1 - assuming Gov. Lujan Grisham doesn't change plans. more
Maria Samora is one of the most well-known, contemporary Native American jewelers. Since winning first place at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2005, she went on to win again in 2007 and in 2009. She was the poster child for Indian Market that year - the first jeweler ever. Since then, her jewelry has become highly coveted by influencers and collectors. Her designs are inspired by Pueblo Indian tradition but are elegant and timeless in their minimalist simplicity. more
BOOK REVIEW: THE KING OF TAOS - A novel by Max Evans 176 pp. University of New Mexico Press. $9.99In Max Evans' newest novel, "The King of Taos," readers are taken back in time to Taos in the 1950s, more
The Spanish flu swept through Taos 102 years ago and a curandera named Maggie Mascareñas saved many lives. She lived in Cañón when I knew her in the 1970s and she was already old. Back then I was an enjarradora, a traditional mud plasterer, and I did adobe restoration jobs. I was working on a very old building whose owner hired me on condition I put a certain relative on the job. I soon realized why. Nobody else would ever have hired him - I found beer cans in the straw. He got on his horse during the lunch hour one day, drunk, and got bucked off. more
Heritage Fine Arts just handed a $1,950 check last week (April 28) to Marci Lameman, sister of well-known Diné/Navajo artist Andersen Kee. The check is the first of more hoped-for assistance to aid folks in dire circumstances in Navajo Nation - many of whom are elderly or without electricity or running water - who are especially at risk during this current coronavirus pandemic. more
Taos Children’s Theater is living proof that the show must and can still go on. In response to the COVID-19 lockdown, director Karen Thibodeau and assistant directors Victoria Ortiz and Christopher Heron developed a Zoom format for rehearsing their current production of "The Dancing Princesses." They envisioned a video possibility for the final production, and then it all came together. more
The 19 in COVID-19 may signify the number of pounds I gain during the lockdown. My cousins' WhatsApp group chat is so full of photos of our kitchen creations it's like a food porn site. This preoccupation with food reminds me of when I was teaching English in Tokyo. Though my fellow American teachers and I loved Japanese food, there were certain foods we missed. Sometimes when we got together we'd obsess about our favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies, or brownies, or pancakes, or apple pie. more
Tom Dixon may well be the most "underappreciated artist around," as his friend and fellow painter Peter Parks notes, but he is also one of the most respected and collected contemporary artists in Taos. more
Going digital or giving up altogether are the choices facing art galleries and small businesses in Taos, and the world for that matter, while we all wait out the lockdowns caused by the pandemic of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). more
I painted this in 2016 and it isn't the first painting that seemed to be eerily prophetic. Kurt Vonnegut says artists are like the canaries miners used to take underground to warn them of poisonous gasses humans can't detect. more
Kristine McCallister lived in Taos long enough to count as a Taos artist. Originally from the Midwest, raised in Gary, Indiana, both of her parents were orphaned and worked hard to get ahead. "My father was killed in a work-related accident right after I turned 13. My mother is alive and very well living in Las Vegas, Nevada," McCallister says. The artist recalls her years spent in Taos as a period of self-exploration and discovery, as well as "one of growth and creating life long friendships." She now lives in the San Francisco Bay area. more
This week, the Twirl crew should be frantically running around getting ready for our sixth annual Invent Event. This unique Taos maker fair, produced by Twirl with 65 community partners, gives kids and families rich opportunities to play, create and make stuff together at 35-plus hands-on stations. more
Artist Relief, a new coalition of national arts grantmakers came together three weeks ago to protect the country’s artists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have raised $10,000,000—enough to provide 100 artists with $5,000 relief grants each week between now and September. more
Paul O'Connor's photography book "Taos Portraits" (2012), chronicles 25 years in Taos through his camera lens. As he photographed the artists who lived and worked here through that quarter century, he captured the very spirit of Taos itself, in all its maverick, outlaw glory. The bohemian, freewheeling lifestyles of these artists was even more apparent in the stories that accompanied the portraits. Many of them told by family and friends. more
Most conversations these days do not begin with bright words. Words like hopeful, transformation and opportunity are all mostly nostalgic reminders of days gone by.With so much up … more
Most conversations these  days do not begin with bright words. Words like hopeful, transformation and opportunity are all mostly nostalgic reminders of days gone by. more
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