What's happening in Taos this week

'Lady of Angels,' oil on board, 19-by-24 inches by Bruce Katlin, a solo exhibition now on view through February at Centinel Bank. Courtesy image

The following is a sample of what’s going on in Taos. For more check out our print edition on sale Thursday.

‘Extraordinary Women of Taos’

The next installment of the Taos Ski Valley Speaker Series – during the Femme de Free Ride weekend – is a panel discussion titled “Extraordinary Women of Taos,” which will be given Friday (Jan. 10) at 4 p.m. at the Martini Tree led by town of Taos Director of Marketing and Tourism Karina Armijo.

She leads an insightful discussion with women artists, social activists, businesswomen, farmers and outdoor professionals such as Rose Reza of Hive, Lisa O’Brien of Taos Community Foundation, installation artist and welder Christina Sporrong, Division Director of Taos Pueblo Education Bettina Sandoval and Red Willow Farm Coordinator Sheryl Romero, among others.

Reservations are required – contact anee.ward@skitaos.com. Martini Tree is located at 6 Ernie Blake Road in the Taos Ski Valley Resort.

Live play reading: ‘Anton in Show Business’

Jane Martin’s play “Anton in Show Business” is the newest title in the Out Loud play reading series hosted by the Taos Center for the Arts. It will be presented and directed by award-winning Lynn Hamrick (“Hiro’s Table”) Saturday (Jan. 11) from 7-9 p.m. in the Encore Gallery at the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

This is a 15-character play designed to be performed by seven actresses and tells of the efforts of Actors Express, a small San Antonio theater, to stage a production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters.” Martin’s work gives a humorous twist to Chekhov’s satiric, farcical play.

The play reading is free and open to the public. Call (575) 758-2052.

‘First Rainbow Coalition’ screening coming soon to Dixon

New Mexico PBS and Embudo Valley Library will present a free preview screening of “The First Rainbow Coalition,” a documentary that charts the history and enduring legacy of a groundbreaking multiethnic coalition that rocked Chicago in the 1960s.

The screening on Jan. 18 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Embudo Valley Library, 217A State Road 75 in Dixon, will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ray Santisteban.

“In 1969, the Chicago Black Panther Party began to form a multiethnic coalition with the Young Lords Organization and the Young Patriots,” a press release states. “Banding together in one of the most segregated cities in postwar America, the Rainbow Coalition changed the face of 1960s Chicago politics and created an organizing model for future activists and politicians.”

The event is free but reservations are requested; call (505) 579-9181 or visit dixon-rainbow-coalition.eventbrite.com. See the film trailer on YouTube.

Dust City Opera coming to The Mothership

Back by popular demand, the Americana indie folk-rock group Dust City Opera, based out of Albuquerque, returns to the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership on Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.

The group is led by the songwriting-singing thrust of Paul Hunton and their folksy richness paired with powerfully unique instrumentation – clarinet, trombone, accordion. Tickets are $10 at taosmesabrewing.com. This plans to be a dreamy, robust performance. Call (575) 758-1900.

‘Trail Running and Landscape Painting’ series

Bruce Katlin aka the Running Artist offers a solo exhibition now on view through February at Centinel Bank, 512 Paseo del Pueblo Sur – a series of landscapes that reveals a passion for intense activity and the great outdoors. Katlin notes that he paints “while trail running and hiking (sometimes at the same time) in the wide and beautiful canvas of the Southwest.” He carries Masonite boards and carries all the materials on his back. “When I paint,” he says, “I am focusing on releasing and then capturing the spirit and energy within a subject.” The work beautifully reveals the “unparalleled nirvana-like state” he attains through the combined physical and creative activities. See more at brucekatlincreates.com. The show is on view Monday-Friday at Centinel Bank.

A day for sewers and quilters

Taos Quilters Sewing Day begins on Monday (Jan. 13) at 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. and welcomes everyone for a “sew-in” at Kit Carson Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road. If you enjoy sewing, quilting, needlecrafting – come and join in. Meet others – bring whatever you wish to work on, share creative ideas, spend the day or as many hours as you like. Free admission. And then, at 6:30-8 p.m, Taos Quilt and Needlecraft Guild takes over at the Kit Carson boardroom for some needlecraft practice. For masters or newbies, all are welcome to attend. Quilting, sewing, needlecraft, fiber art and much more. Be inspired to sew and tell, watch demos and share creativity. Meet others with similar ideas. Traditional quilting and modern. There are monthly fabric winners and classes throughout the year. Learn something new or brush up and practice. Free and open to all. Contact Josie and Judy at taosquilt@gmail.com.

Call for entries

The town of Taos 2020 Banner Competition “Taos Vision 2020 – Return to the Land, Water and Sky” is now open – seeking Taos County artists’ work for a lamppost banner campaign on view from April 1-Oct. 31, 2020, in the town. Submissions end Jan. 15. All entries must be submitted though the CaFE website (callforentry.org). There is a $10 application fee for the submission. For more information regarding image considerations, preparation and submission, contact either the Taos Arts Council (info@taosartscouncil.org) or David Mapes at the Taos Gallery Association (dmapes@davidmapes.com) or (575) 770-5733.

The 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. 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 en Feb. 7. Call Cathleen Lambridis at (773) 595-8065.

Ongoing events

TCA exhibits: Alison Robbenhaar and Barbara Barrett are showing work at the Historic Taos Inn, through Jan. 27. And “40 Under 40” is happening at the Encore Gallery, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, through Jan. 12.

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; “Millicent, an Icon of American Style” through April 30; and “The Faithful,” through Jan. 26.

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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