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The Taos Arts Council is pleased to announce their invitation to the GALA Dinner at Salt & Wine Restaurant, March 25th 5:00.

This dining event caps the three day TAC INAUGURAL FORUM & GALA March 23rd - 25th,
A 3-Day Event discussing The State of the Arts in Taos - Open to all creative artists, arts organizations and the public

The dinner will be a five course meal provided by local chefs along with short performances by local artists.

Contributing chefs and businesses include:
Quechua - Chef Johnny Ortiz of Shed A Dinner Project - Chef Andy Lynch of Common Fire - Chef Gabriel Farkash of The Bavarian Restaurant & Lodge - Enoch Montoya of Salt + Wine - Wine provided by Vara Winery - Beer presented by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Performing Artists include:
Christopher & Emileah Lujan of Taos Pueblo & Claudio Tolousse - Metta Theatre & Metta Young Arts - Ballet Taos & more

Also there will also be a short ceremony recognizing Peter Chinni as the TAC nomination for the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.


Tickets for the GALA Dinner can be purchased through the following link

*Limited Seating
*All proceeds go to the Taos Arts Council whose mission it is to support a healthy, vibrant and connected Arts Community in Taos and Northern New Mexico.

This event sponsored by grants and support from New Mexico Arts, Art Works, Taos County & the Town of Taos.

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Part of the TAC Weekend Forum & Gala - March 23 - 25

    * Friday March 23rd Business Workshop
    * Saturday March 24th Community Forum
    * Sunday March 25th GALA Dinner 4:00pm - 7:30pm Salt & Wine

Artist to Artists - Limited Seating at 25
RSVP with the Taos Small Business Development Center Call (575) 737-6214


The Taos Arts Council (TAC) is pleased to nominate Peter Chinni for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.

This renowned artist will be turning 90 on March 21, and the Taos Arts Council is planning to honor him at the Inaugural TAC Gala dinner (March 25) as our nominee for the Governor’s Award. Chinni’s career spans over 70 years, and his work is as fresh and exciting as any artist we have ever seen.

Sun Circles 3

Peter Chinni’s art has always been original and dynamic. He has inspired numerous artists of Taos and beyond in seeking their own path to creativity. Whether at a local restaurant or an art opening, his persona, always gentle and kind, radiates with the aura of the consummate artist.

Peter Chinni relocated to Taos in 2003 and has been focused as a sculptor for over 50 years. At 90 years of age, he continues to work every day in his studio, creating with an imagination he still retains from his youth. He is vibrant and living proof that old age is a state of mind he has never adopted. He still views the world and his surroundings with fresh eyes.

Ancient Mask 2016

Taos is considered an artist colony in New Mexico, rich in artists of one kind or another, but there are only a handful of artists that come close in caliber, experience, and worldwide recognition to Peter Chinni. He truly is a Taos treasure and now should be recognized as an artistic treasure of excellence in the arts in the state of New Mexico.

(From his website) At 89, Peter Chinni has enjoyed a distinguished career that began in the 1950’s and spans two continents. Born to Calabrian immigrant parents in Mount Kisco, New York in 1928, Chinni studied at the Art Students League in New York where he caught the attention of the great Italian critic and art historian, Lionello Venturi. With Venturi’s endorsement, he attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Rome, studying painting and portraiture. In 1949, he left the Accademia to study privately with painter Felice Casorati in Turin and later with the cubist sculptor Roberto Melli in Rome.

You can read the remainder of his bio and see his body of recent work on his website -