7.17.2015

CHASING TAOS

I love traveling north from Santa Fe to Taos. The vistas are beautiful, the bridges are painted with Native American motifs and the anticipation of perusing museums, strolling the diminutive Plaza, gallery hopping, and finding a surprise
 here and there is irresistible.  





I met my friend  Nancy Diamond - a long time Taos resident and a jewelry designer - 
and we were off to find adventures.  Like Santa Fe, Taos is a fun destination in the summer (not to mention for ski season). There is so much happening. 


This weekend is the annual 

 FIESTAS DE TAOS

July 17-19, 2015

A centuries old fiesta  - on the historic Plaza - celebrating the gathering of generations to enjoy delicious cuisine, traditional music, and fellowship, while honoring the cultural uniqueness of Taos.  
2015 Fiesta Theme:
 Celebrating Centuries of Taos Art

But Nancy took me to TAOSFOLK  -  the fabulous pop-up store  in the Stable Gallery showcasing Taos artisans - July 3 - July 30.  All are juried in, so you will find beautiful pottery, clothing, jewelry, felted, beaded and leather bags, and so much more. 

Take a look...























What I loved about this pop-up boutique were the photographs of each artisan next to their work. You really get a sense of whose hands had made each piece.




Thank you  Cathleen Lambridis for allowing me to photograph all of these  lovely,  affordable gifts by Taos hands, including yours!


T A O S F O L K -   P O P - U P   S T O R E

THE STABLES GALLERY
133 PASEO DEL PUEBLO NORTE
TAOS  NM

OPEN DAILY - 10 - 5 - THROUGH JULY 30TH

575.779.8568




Across from the Taos Center for the Arts


FLEDGLING  -  photo courtesy of artist  

You will see a giant mechanical metal bird perched in front of the Gallery. Climb the ladder, sit inside the rib cage, place your feet on the pedals and watch the wings begin to flap!




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Next I took a stroll around the historic Taos Plaza and nipped into the lobby of Hotel La Fonda de Taos and took a few photos...




Then I dropped by the Historic County Courthouse  on the  north side of the Plaza. to view the wonderful circa 1934 WPA frescoes. Well worth the climb to the 2nd floor.The Project was managed by Santa Fe artist Gustave Baumann and four Taos
artists - Emil Bisttram, Ward Lockwood, Bert Phillips, and Victor Higgins - created scenes around the theme of "justice".







And these portraits were at the top of the stairs before you entered the main courthouse gallery.  Don't know who they are... but had to capture their faces.


And as you wander around town, all the light poles tout gorgeous  hanging baskets brimming with  flowers and banners celebrating one 
hundred years of TAOS ART & The Taos Society of Artists.

(Will be doing a separate blog on this)



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