TAOS SPRING ARTS KICKOFF THIS WEEKEND
The town of Taos will complete the hanging of “Taos is Art” lamppost banners Sunday (April 1) and begin its “‘Taos Spring Arts: Celebrating Art, Culture and Music” effort to promote the arts throughout Taos. Including more than 20 events, such as museum exhibitions, art shows, film and music festivals, Taos Spring Arts begins in April and runs through early June. The new “Taos is Art” lamppost banners, feature art works by 84 local Taos artists. An artists’ reception is planned Friday, April 6 at Taos Town Hall. Throughout the spring, about 20 events will be sponsored by participating organizations, including Pecha Kucha, Taos Chamber Music Group, SOMOS, the Taos Jazz Bebop Society, the Harwood Museum of Art, the Taos Environmental Film Festival and more, leading up to Music on the Mothership June 1-3. For more information on Taos Spring Arts, including special room rates and a schedule of events, visit taos.org/taosspringart.
POETRY GOES PUBLIC
Look for poetry everywhere you go in Taos this month. “Poetry in Public Places,” is a poetry installation project sponsored by SOMOS and the Taos Arts Council that begins Sunday (April 1).Poems written by more than 25 Taos poets will be displayed at local coffee shops, town of Taos facilities and other public places through April because its National Poetry Month. Look for poems at Taos Cow, KOKO, Coffee Spot, Elevation, Coffee Cats, Gutiz, Manzanita Market, Taos Visitors Center, Taos Town Hall, Taos Youth & Family Center and Taos Community Auditorium. The Taos Public Library will display poems by Langston Hughes illustrated by fourth-grade students of Taos Integrated School of the Arts (TISA). For more information, call (575) 758-0081 or visit somostaos.org.
FAMILY FOLK ART AT MAGPIE
The work of gallery owner Georgia Gersh’s family and close friends will be on display through April at the Magpie Gallery,1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, at the Overland Compound, El Prado. The artists are Gersh herself, plus Annie Degen, Bill Gersh, Georgia Gersh, Ben Shriver, Mary Shriver and Jim Wagner. Gersh calls it, “a fun, colorful folk art show.” For more information call (781) 248-0166 or visit magpietaos.com.
CALLS FOR ENTRY
Call for artists interested in local, nonprofit-sponsored, indoor art market, weekends only. Site is a 4,500 square-foot building, one block off Paseo, near major hotels. Ten by 10-foot booth space or larger, starting at $40 per space per weekend, some with wall space. Short-or long-term commitment required. Artist keeps all sales. No dealers. Artist must have CRS number and floor coverings. Booth sharing is allowed and art organizations welcome. Call Bea (575) 613-3036.
The deadline for the 44th annualTaos Fall Arts Festival Poster Artist is Saturday (March 31) at 5 p.m. All Taos County artists and artists exhibiting work in a Taos gallery are invited to submit their work online for this year’s poster award. The winning artist will receive $500. The show theme is “Beyond the Horizon, Más Alla del Horizonte.” For guidelines, go to TaosFallArts.com.
Taos Art Insurgency is a national juried show that poses the questions: Who will be the artists who lead the way for the new millennium? David Anthony Fine Art, Wider Nightingale Fine Art, and Greg Moon Art of Taos host this show with the Taos Spring Arts Festival from April 21-May 12 with an opening reception April 21. Entries are being accepted in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media, fiber arts, digital printed media and assemblage. Entry deadline is midnight Thursday (April 5). View details online at gregmoonart.com/ links. All entries must be entered through the callforentry.org platform.
Taos Center for the Arts is calling for entries to its Members Open. Delivery date is April 16 from 10 a.m.-noon. Submitted work must be 20-inches square, finished or framed with a math and music theme, which can be interpreted literally or abstractly. It can combine math and music as integrated concepts or two separate concepts. All media is eligible. All works will be exhibited in the Encore Gallery. The Taos Artist Organization is taking applications for the Labor Day Weekend Studio Tour 2018. Information and applications may be obtained from our website: taosartistorg.org or sign up at our monthly meeting, the second Wednesday of the month at SOMOS bookstore.108 Civic Plaza Dr B,Taos. Email taosartistorganiza[email protected] Taos Artist Collective is interviewing new artist members for this gallery located near historic Taos Plaza at 106 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Call Lois Fernandez (575) 770-9950. Arte de Descartes XVIII is calling out to artists for the 18th annual juried recycled art show. Deadline for entries is August 1. To download prospectus go to whollyrags.org or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wholly Rags P.O. Box 1051, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557. Prospectus can also be picked up at Wholly Rags, 1337 Gusdorf Road Suite L. Call Melissa Larson (575) 751-9862 for more information.
New Mexico Potters and Clay Artists invites entries to Celebration of Clay 2018, “Contemporary Ceramics: Informed by Tradition.” The show is set for May1-30 in Kit Carson Road galleries: Copper Moon, Total Arts, David Anthony Fine Art and Wilder Nightingale Fine Art. To enter this self-juried members show, or to join NMPCA, go to nmpotters.org., contact [email protected] nmpotters.org or call Seri Kotowski (575) 758-7029.
Taos Community Center’s co-op located in the Historic Taos County Courthouse on Taos Plaza seeks a new clay artist.The co-op carries 22 artists at this time and wants to add a potter to the group. The co-op is located at 121 NorthTaos Plaza. Contact Effie at (575) 751-1014 for details.
Forty-five UNM art students present their work in “12 x 12 by 45” at David Anthony Fine Art, 132 Kit Carson Road through April 14. The exhibit includes a variety of media, including paintings, prints, ceramics and small metal construction within the required parameters of 12 inches square. Call (575) 770-5733.
The Taos Art Museum showcases the museum’s collection of Taos Masters. On both floors of the historic Fechin House you will savor the talent of the members of The Taos Society of Artists and the early Taos Art Colony. Call (575) 758-2690.
An art display featuring big cats and ravens is at Elevation Coffee, 1110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Free. Call Ron Duncan (575)741-9460.
Denver artist Sarah Palmeri’s installation piece, “The Magazine Project,” “twists the rules of mass media in favor of feminism,” says a press release. Palmeri’s work will be on display at the UNM-Taos Atrium Gallery April 5-May 7.The exhibit opens with a reception Friday (April 5) from 5-7 p.m. at the gallery, 1157 County Road 110, Ranchos de Taos. For more information, email ssto[email protected] Rag-made quilts can be seen at Taos Public Library, March 15 - May 31. Works by Violette Alby, Ellen Cirnigliaro, Melissa Larson, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Nadia McCurdy, Christine Robert, Winter Ross and Minori Yata are included in the show. There will be a quilt talk and artists’ reception on Saturday April 14 from 1- 2:30 p.m. at the library. The show is sponsored by Wholly Rags, a local nonprofit textile recycler. For more information, call (575)751-9862 “Work by Women” continues at The Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St., Taos until May 13. Included are rarely shown works by women from the museum collection. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 ext. 109.
ONE OF THE WORKS featured in the “Family Folk” show on view through April at Magpie Gallery in El Prado.