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 -

Town of Taos Seeking Artist Submissions for Lamppost Banner Competition

The Town of Taos has issued a call to artists to submit their work for consideration for its Lamppost Banner Art Competition. The contest is open to artists who live and work in Taos County, and entries will be accepted from Monday, January 2 to Sunday, January 21, 2018. Selected entries will be featured on one of 41 30” x 60” lamppost banners, throughout the Town of Taos.

The Town is accepting entries of all media which can be photographed and displayed visually on a banner, including painting, pottery, sculpture, printmaking and photograph. However, the submitted work must have been produced within the last ten years. The goal is to celebrate and acknowledge living artists and educate visitors that Taos’ art scene, while historic, is very much a vibrant art market for present artists.

“There is such a large community of talented artists in Taos, “said Karina Armijo, Director of Marketing and Tourism for the Town of Taos. “We are very excited to see all of the submissions and to display beautiful work by our local artists.”

Artists interested in submitting should be prepared to fill out an entry form and send one high-resolution image, at least 200dpi at 15″w x 30″h, in TIFF or JPG file format. The completed entry form and image should be sent to Final selections will be announced on on February 2, 2018.

The entry form, a complete list of rules and examples of what the banners will look like can be found at

Karina Armijo
Director of Marketing and Tourism


400 Camino de la Placita  |  Taos, NM 87571
Office 575-737-5849
Mobile 575-779-9639 – The official online travel guide to Taos, New Mexico.

The Tac Arts Council recent project with the Teen Arts Club Studio Exhibition was included in the December edition of the BeyondTaos Newsletter.

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beyond taos art calendar december

Locals and Taosenos, whether Native or Newcomer, will find the literature described in the course below helpful in surveying Taos History and Culture this spring.

Length: 10 Weeks Jan. 29—April. 2, 2018
Day: Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Place: Manzanita Market, 103 N. Plaza
(575) 776-4115
Discussion Leader, Bill Whaley
Course Cost: $50.00

This Spring Bill Whaley and the Manzanita Market offer local residents a course in Taos Culture focused on the identity of the place and people in what N. Scott Momaday and others call “the soul of the Southwest.” Lectures and discussion will consider four major works: Hampton Sides’ Blood and Thunder; R.C. Gordon-McCutchan’s Taos Indians and the Battle for Blue Lake; Lois Rudnick’s Utopian Vistas; and Sylvia Rodriguez’s Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place.

The selected literary works are chosen for their insights, research, and accessibility. If not available at local bookstores, books can be purchased at modest prices on Amazon. The instructor encourages civil discussion and discourages quizzes and papers. Bring your book, your brain, and a seat cushion to evening discussions.

TAOS ARTS CLUB – TEEN ART STUDIO EXHIBITION The Taos Arts Council is pleased to present an exhibition by youth artists participating in the Taos High School, UNM-Taos Dual Credit Program, Taos Arts Club and Teen Art Studio. The exhibition is on view at Taos Town Hall from November 17, 2017 through February 9, 2018, Monday – Friday, 8:00am -5:00pm. Featured in the art show are drawings by 23 youth artists from instructor Michael Hensley's classes at Taos High School.


For Immediate Release up until December 16: 
The Taos Chamber Music Group presents “Joyeux Noel” on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17, 5:30 p.m. at the Harwood Museum of Art.


The Taos Chamber Music Group celebrates the holidays with the music of France in “Joyeux Noel” on Saturday and Sunday, December 16 & 17, 5:30 pm at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

Gleb Ivanov

Virtuoso pianist Gleb Ivanov will be featured in Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs and joined by TCMG flutist Nancy Laupheimer for Philippe Gaubert’s Third Flute Sonata, and by violinist LP How and cellist Sally Guenther for Saint-Saens' Second Piano Trio.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit or call the Harwood Museum, 575-758-9826, where there is a discount for Alliance members.

A dinner discount is being offered to concert goers after the performances from Doc Martin’s, Martyrs, the Gorge Bar & Grill and Lambert’s restaurants.


Contact: Nancy Laupheimer: 575-770-1167 for more information