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"Mora Barn" by Chris Morel who is participating in the High Road Artisans Tour

Pop Chalee at Millicent Rogers Museum

The Millicent Rogers Museum is quietly opening a modest exhibition of works by arguably the most famous artist from Taos Pueblo, in conjunction with a major acknowledgement soon to be bestowed upon her. “Pop Chalee: Yippee Ki Yay,” opened to the public Sunday (Sept. 12) and will continue through March 2022. The show especially makes note of Pop Chalee’s induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame, Oct. 26, in Fort Worth, Texas, along with country music star Miranda Lambert of Texas, and Western wear hat designer and former rodeo performer, Lavonna “Shorty” Koger, of Oklahoma. The Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, north of El Prado, off U.S. 64 west. For more information on tickets, COVID-19 protocols and other exhibits, call (575) 758-2462 or visit millicentrogers.org.

Taking the High Road

The High Road to Taos is one of those roads, winding its way through indigenous lands and the colonial remnants of New Spain, and holding surprises around each bend. It’s a landmark road trip whose reputation for beauty, culture, and history is well-deserved along each of its 60 miles. With the landscape changing from green to gold, and the air sparkling with an autumn chill, this weekend is the perfect time to go exploring, and the High Road Artisans annual Studio Tour is giving you just the excuse to do so — in case you needed one. Visit the tour’s web application, highroadarttrail.com.

Rio Costilla Studio Tour

This Saturday (Sept. 18) is the 22nd Rio Costilla Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six artists will be present; Sarah Welch, David Satrun, Nancy DeHerrera-Crochet, Lynn and Jane Kircher and Karen Ahlgren. Location maps are in this week’s Tempo and will be available at the Questa Visitor Center, Phillips 66 station in Costilla, the 101 Bar and Grill and Garcia Liquor in Garcia, Colorado.

Bill Baron at Sage Fine Art

For 25 years, the artist owned Sage Fine Art Gallery at 115C East Taos Plaza has been home to deeply talented Taos artists in a variety of mediums. The membership is limited to nine artists. Taos artist Lynn McLain has been with Sage for 16 years. He said it is rare to have an opening, “most people stay with the gallery for years.” This month there are two artists who have joined Sage, photographer Birgit Gutsche and award-winning editorial cartoonist for the Taos News and painter, Bill Baron. For further details about Sage Fine Art visit the gallery website sagefineart.com. For details about photographer Birgit Gutsche go to birgitgutsche.com and for more information about Bill Baron visit billbaronfineart.com.

Larry Bell at 203

203 Fine Art is currently showing a group of newly acquired Larry Bell Fractions. One of the most renowned and influential artists to emerge from the Los Angeles art scene of the 1960s, alongside contemporaries like Ed Ruscha, Bell had an international reputation by the age of 30, even earning inclusion on the cover of the Beatle’s iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.These works come out of the Oppenheim Collection, an important assemblage of Larry Bell and other significant LA art. Visit 203fineart.com.

Santa Fe-based historian Hampton Sides is the author of “Ghost Soldiers,” “Americana,” “On Desperate Ground” among other works. He is perhaps best known for his epic study of Kit Carson and the history of this region, “Blood and Thunder.” His latest work, “The Exotic: Intrigue and Cultural Ruin in the Age of Imperialism,” was just released by Scribd Originals on Sept.15, partly adapted from Sides’ upcoming longer book from Doubleday about the final voyage of Captain James Cook. It is the true story of a young man named Mai, who hitched a ride from Tahiti with Captain Cook and became the first South Seas islander to set foot on English soil in the 1770s. To discover more about Mai's adventures, and to buy the book, visit hamptonsides.com for more information.

One more for luck!

The Bellow & The Whale at LUN&OJO

The Bellow & The Whale is the artistic collaboration of musicians/visual artists Bianca Goyette and Julia Lee Norris. The duo performs at 6.p.m. Friday at LUN & OJO Gallery. 111 Paseo del Pueblo Norte in Taos Free admission. Call 801 755-7447 for more info.

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