TAOS ART SET TO LINE THE STREETS

Lamppost Ban­ner Com­pe­ti­tion an­nounces 66 win­ners from

Tempo - - •IN THE MUSEUMS• - By Dena Miller

‘ T aos is Art.” These pow­er­fully suc­cinct words de­scribe our town as one of the re­main­ing au­then­tic lo­ca­tions in the United States in which to ex­pe­ri­ence and col­lect art.

In cel­e­bra­tion of the her­itage of Taos as a des­ti­na­tion for artists and those who wish to sup­port them, the town of Taos has re­leased the names of the win­ning artists in its in­au­gu­ral Lamppost Ban­ner Com­pe­ti­tion, ban­ners which will greet ev­ery­one along our main roads and pave the en­try­way into our pre­mier art colony.

“The Lamppost Ban­ner Com­pe­ti­tion set out to cel­e­brate and ac­knowl­edge liv­ing artists and ed­u­cate visi­tors that Taos’ art scene, while his­toric, is very much a vi­brant art mar­ket for present artists,” a press re­lease states from The Waite Com­pany, the Al­bu­querque mar­ket­ing firm hired by the town of Taos.

“Our cre­ative team came up with ‘ Taos is Art.’ Taos is so many things, in­clud­ing art,” ex­plained town of Taos Mar­ket­ing and Tourism Direc­tor Ka­rina Ar­mijo. “In this case, we are defin­ing Taos as a piece of art it­self and high­light­ing it as not only home to a long, rich his­tory of arts and cul­ture, but as a cur­rent haven for a liv­ing, breath­ing, vi­brant arts com­mu­nity and home to many di­verse and tal­ented artists.”

In fact, the call to artists for the com­pe­ti­tion re­sulted in more than 200 sub­mis­sions, rep­re­sent­ing most ev­ery artist and gallery in town. Of that pool, 66 win­ners were cho­sen to have their works fea­tured on ban­ners hang­ing through­out the town dur­ing the height of the tourist sea­son from April through Oc­to­ber, 2018.

“The amount of in­cred­i­ble art that was sub­mit­ted truly speaks to the tal­ent in Taos County,” said Ar­mijo. “I am so thank­ful to all of the vol­un­teers who helped judge the sub­mis­sions. Hav­ing the sup­port of the com­mu­nity be­hind such an en­deavor high­lights what makes liv­ing in Taos so special.”

Pho­to­graphic en­tries of all me­dia were ac­cepted, in­clud­ing paint­ing, pot­tery, sculp­ture, print­mak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, dance, pro­jec­tion, and in­stal­la­tion. En­trants were to be artists of at least 15 years of age and cur­rently liv­ing and work­ing in Taos County. Works needed to be less than 10 years old, with cur­rent work highly en­cour­aged.

“I think an ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort was made to in­clude peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the com­mu­nity, a di­verse group with vary­ing per­spec­tives,” noted Ar­mijo.

“It is a tough process to judge some­thing as sub­jec­tive as art and with so many [to choose from]. We started with the mem­bers of the mar­ket­ing com­mit­tee and added vol­un­teers from there.”

Of the 66 win­ners, 41 will have their work fea­tured on 30- by60-inch lamppost ban­ners lin­ing Paseo del Pue­blo Norte and Paseo del Pue­blo Sur while the re­main­ing win­ners will be rep­re­sented on 18- by- 30- inch ban­ners lo­cated along Bent Street, Kit Car­son Road, Teresina Lane, Scheurlich Lane and Juan Largo Lane.

In ad­di­tion to the com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, 18 Taos Plaza In­vites artists, in­clud­ing world- renowned artist Larry Bell, were asked to have their work show­cased on ban­ners in Taos Plaza.

Ar­mijo con­tin­ued, “Taos Plaza In­vites aims to honor ac­com­plished artists who’ve made a unique con­tri­bu­tion to the arts in Taos rep­re­sented in ban­ners lo­cated within Taos Plaza in sig­nif­i­cant lo­ca­tions. This was an idea sug­gested by mem­bers of the art com­mu­nity.”

All ban­ners will be in­stalled by April 1. A wel­com­ing re­cep­tion for the artists is planned for April 6 at town hall, lo­cated at 400 Camino de la Placita. Im­ages of each win­ning ban­ner will grace the walls. De­tails for the re­cep­tion are avail­able by call­ing ( 575) 7512000, or by vis­it­ing taos. org.

The win­ners for ban­ners along Paseo del Pue­blo Norte and Paseo del Pue­blo Sur in­clude John DePuy, Char­lotte Miller, Ed San­doval, Rose­mary Ryan, Stephen Kil­born, Diane Scott, Jill Sanger, Car­roll Griesedieck, Mary Dolph Wood, Robert Gonzales, Anna Ma­gruder, Al­le­gra Sleep, J. Matthew Thomas, Anäis Rum­felt, Zoë Zim­mer­man, T. J. Mabrey, Scrip­ture, Leigh Guster­son, Linda Rauch, Pat Pol­lard, Holly Siev­ers, Sara Base­hart, J. K. Lamkin, Chris Bundy, El­iz­a­beth Jose, Tan­ner Wil­liams, Denice Wein­berg, Terry Davis, Anee Ward, M.A. Warner, Va­lerie Graves, Deb­bie Lu­jan, Ly­dia John­ston, Sasha vom Dorp, Char­lotte Shroyer, Daniel Brown, Nina An­thony, Diane Ainsworth, Mered­ith Gar­cia, Ru­pert Cham­bers and Teruko Wilde.

The win­ners for ban­ners along the side streets down­town in­clude Wil­liam Panzer, Steve Im­mel, Mimi Chen Ting, Peter Chinni, Steve Bundy, Joe Mueller, Rob Nightin­gale, David Ve­doe, Tera Muskrat, Thom Wheeler, Mar­garet Nes, Jonathan Sobol, Kim­berly Web­ber, Su­san Fol­well, Donna Dufresne, Tom Dixon, BJ Briner, Melinda Lit­tle­john, Deborah Rael-Buck­ley, Robert Cafazzo, Laura Br­zo­zowski , Tracy Turner Shep­pard, Eric Andrews, Dorothy Lampl and Greg Moon.

Taos Plaza In­vites will host the ban­ners of Larry Bell, Ron Cooper, Gus­tavo Victor Goler, Ran­dall LaGro, Miguel Martínez, Paul Pas­carella, Christina Spor­rong, Chris­tian Ris­tow, Maria Samora, Ron­ald Davis, David A Lef­fel, Angie Yazzie, Ira Lu­jan, Maye Tor­res, Sher­rie A. McGraw, Jonathan Warm Day Com­ing, Anita Ro­dríguez and Land Ea­gle.

Clearly, the com­pe­ti­tion fo­cuses our vi­sion upon a true “Who’s Who” of the finest liv­ing Taos artists, span­ning a mul­ti­tude of gen­res, vi­sions, and ideals. It’s a dis­tinct re­minder of what makes Taos unique and very special.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to see im­ages of the win­ning ban­ners, you may visit

COURTESY PHOTO

THIS BAN­NER fea­tures art­work by Sara Base­hart of Taos.

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