(artist, painter, weaver, photographer) Best Local Artisan Ed Sandoval ED SANDOVAL GALLERY • 102B PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS (575) 751-3502, (575) 758-1400 • EDSANDOVALGALLERY.COM Ed Sandoval can be found painting on a giant easel outside his gallery on Paseo del Pueblo Norte next door to World Cup Café and around the corner from Taos Plaza nearly every day — so long as the clouds aren’t dropping rain. His signature image in his much-admired work is the “old man with the cane,” who came about during the filming of the movie “The Milagro Bean Field War” (1998), from the book by Taos author John Nichols (who also wrote the screenplay). In 2016, he told “Painting every day is like feeding your heart and soul with nourishment. My favorite color is red-orange. It raises my level of anxiety and passion. I’m not a reclusive artist. I like the traffic. The noise doesn’t bother me. And I have to have music playing. Other artists might say I’m putting myself out there too much. I’ve coined myself as ‘the prostitute artist.’ ” Winner of Best Local Artisan Ed Sandoval can often be found painting outside his gallery. Of painting in full view he says, 'I like the traffic. The noise doesn't bother me. And I have to have music playing. Other artists might say I'm putting myself out there too much. I've coined myself as ‘the prostitute artist.’ He also placed second for Best Art Gallery. TheTaosNews, Arroyo Seco Mercantile Brodsky Bookshop 488 STATE ROAD 150, ARROYO SECO • (575) 776-8806 Larry Bell 226A PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-9468 • FINDONFACEBOOK SECOMERC.COM 233 RANCHITOS ROAD, TAOS • (575) 758-3062 • LARRYBELL.COM Best Grocery Store Best Place to Buy a New Mexico Souvenir Best Art Gallery Cid's Food Market Arroyo Seco Mercantile Wilder Nightingale Fine Art 623 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-1148 CIDSFOODMARKET.COM 488 STATE ROAD 150, ARROYO SECO • (575) 776-8806 For 33 years, independently owned Cid’s Food Market has been providing Northern New Mexico with organic, local and gourmet groceries. Cid’s is a full-service grocery store touted for its knowledgable staff and the best selection of natural and organic food in town, including a popular salad bar, deli counter, and hot and cold prepared meals. In addition, Cid’s offers an extensive selection of environmentally friendly household products, natural pet foods, plus a wide variety of supplements, herbs, incense and body care products. This Taos institution has been repeatedly recognized by survey respondents as the one to beat in this category. SECOMERC.COM 119 KIT CARSON ROAD,TAOS • (575) 758-3255 See story on P. ?40 WNIGHTINGALE.COM Wilder Nightingale Fine Art and its owner, Rob Nightingale, are respected and well-liked fixtures in the Taos art world. The gallery has been a shining beacon for Taos’ talent for years. Of the more than 35 artists Nightingale represents, a large percentage of them are local. It is one of the oldest galleries in town and has been awarded many times over. Made in New Mexico 104 W. PLAZA, TAOS • (575) 758-7709 BestofTaos MADEINNEWMEXICO.COM Ed Sandoval Gallery Smith's Food and Drug Best Place for Bookworms 102B PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS (575) 751-3502, (575) 758-1400 • 224 PASEO DEL PUEBLO SUR, TAOS • (575) 758-3711 EDSANDOVALGALLERY.COM Taos Public Library SMITHSFOODANDDRUG.COM Best Groovy Gift Shop 402 CAMINO DEL LA PLACITA, TAOS • (575) 758-3063 Best Place to Buy Fruits and Veggies TAOSLIBRARY.ORG / FX 18 Even with information and downloadable books readily available on phones and home computers, the library is a multiyear, first-place vote getter. The mission of the Taos Public Library is to provide and facilitate freedom of access to informational, recreational and educational materials for everyone and that is exactly what it does. The often busy library is known for its excellent children’s section, friendly staff and free internet access. Special events are held there year-round, especially for the kiddos. Cid's Food Market 103 BENT ST., TAOS • (575) 758-8590 623 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE, TAOS • (575) 758-1148 FINDONFACEBOOK CIDSFOODMARKET.COM This is not your run-of-the-mill gift shop. Here you’ll find funky and fabulous jewelry, clothing, accessories, socks, books, cards, candles, games, gifts galore and so much more. It’s easy to see why this store is consistently one of Taos’ favorite places to shop. It stands to reason that the store voted the best place to get organic, local and gourmet groceries has the best fruits and veggies. See previous entry for more information. p. 36 BEST OF TAOS 2019 34
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