Visitors to Get an Insider’s View of Taos, New Mexico’s Art & Culture in Sept. & Oct.
Taos, the original art colony in the United States, is celebrating art with its “Grand Fall Arts,” events – a series of art events in September and October. The 2012 festivals, which include Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Art Glass Invitational, and Taos Wool Festival, among others, offer many opportunities for visitors to join in and try their hand at making art.
Taos, New Mexico (PRWEB) August 10, 2012
Taos, New Mexico, the original art colony in the United States, is celebrating art with its “Grand Fall Arts” events – a series of art events in September and October. The 2012 festivals which include Taos Fall Arts Festival, Taos Art Glass Invitational, and Taos Wool Festival, among others, offer many opportunities for visitors to join in and try their hand at making art. Private tours of artists’ studios, hands-on weaving and spinning workshops, and culinary contests are available to those interested in an up close and personal glimpse at art-making.
Saturday, Sept. 22–Thursday, Sept. 27
Kicking off the two-week season of art festivals on Sept. 22, professional and amateur chefs and caterers compete during the sixth annual Taos Rotary Chile Challenge at the Taos Country Club. The event begins with a golf scramble tournament at 9:30 a.m. followed by food samplings of dishes containing red and green chile. There are also beer samples from the finest breweries in the Southwest who will be competing in the club’s Battle of the Breweries. The public is invited to taste and vote on their favorite chile and beer. The Chile Challenge and Battle of the Breweries take place from 2–5 p.m. The day includes a silent auction with over 100 gift certificates from which to bid. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit taosrotary.org for details.
The Taos Institute for Glass Arts is presenting their fourth biennial Taos Art Glass Invitational Sept. 14–Oct. 7, featuring artworks and narratives from women who have pioneered the studio art glass movement in NM. The exhibition titled, “Bold Women: Translucent Expressions” will bring top artists from the region to Taos. The 2012 Invitational includes the Walking on Glass Tour featuring juried exhibitions at multiple galleries throughout Taos along with lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. A high-end, all-inclusive “Collector’s Art Glass Tour” is planned for a small number of connoisseurs from Sept. 20–23, by Artours. Call 575-758-4246 for details.
The beauty of Taos’ open landscapes and culture is infused into the art of chamber music, which can be enjoyed beginning on Sept. 22 at the 20th season opener of the Taos Chamber Music Group. A festive program combining classical, Spanish, Latin, popular, jazz and folk musical influences kicks off the season with Chick Corea’s Trio for flute, bassoon and piano, Maximo Diego Pujol’s Dos Aires Candomberos for flute and marimba, Manuel de Falla’s Seven Popular Spanish Songs, Vaughan Williams Suite de Ballet for flute and piano, songs by Ricky Ian Gordon, and Mosaics for flute, bassoon and marimba by Eric Ewazen who will be at the performances to introduce the piece. Performances take place on Sept. 22 and 23 at 5 p.m. Visit taoschambermusicgroup.org for details or call 575-758-0150.
On Sept. 27, the ISEA2012 (Int’l Society for Electronic Arts) Symposium will host a number of events, exhibitions, presentations and demonstrations centered around “Taos Day,” as part of their 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art. The ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness is a symposium and series of events exploring the global discourse on the subject of art, technology and nature. For a schedule of Taos events, visit taos.org/isea2012
Friday, Sept. 28–Sunday, Oct. 7.
The oldest art festival in Taos – the 38th annual Taos Fall Arts Festival – will celebrate the visual arts from more than 250 artists in Taos County from Sept. 28–Oct. 7. A ticketed sneak preview will take place from 4–6 p.m. on opening day, Sept. 28, followed by a free, general admission opening from 6–8 p.m. The Taos Fall Arts Festival includes two major art shows – Taos Select and Taos Open. Taos Select is a juried exhibition which includes a much anticipated Distinguished Achievement Award Series. Awards for this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award Series have been given to the following women artists, in keeping with the Town’s “Remarkable Women of Taos” educational theme: Mary Shaffer; Mimi Chen Ting; and Rachel Brown.
The Taos Open is available to all Taos artists working in a variety of mediums. The 2012 poster artist for this year’s festival is Michelle Chrisman whose painting, “Full Bloom at Taos Gorge” (30x20 oil) will be featured on the 2012 festival poster.