The Taos Arts Council is a 501(3) non-profit organization. We, a volunteer Board of Directors, work to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of all of the creative arts and to advocate for the artist and arts organizations in Taos County.The Taos Arts Council is a 501(3) non-profit organization. We, a volunteer Board of Directors, work to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of all of the creative arts and to advocate for the artist and arts organizations in Taos County.

New Mexico further defines a local arts council by offering activities such as art education in a variety of venues:  in schools, after school programs, summer art camps and advocacy for arts education.

The Taos Arts Council applies and receives funding, through a services contract, from New Mexico Arts a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We applaud and endorse the art instruction with Taos County Adult Detention that produced the mural unveiled today. For 2017/18 in our schedule of programs and services are new partnerships and outreach services with a focus upon adult and juvenile detention centers with art education. We will fundraise and set aside income for this purpose. The Taos Arts Council welcomes Taos County to join us in a partnership and challenges you to match our expenditures for the continuation of the Taos County Adult Detention Center art activity.

Taos Historic Museums and Taos County Historical Society hope you will attend this amazing dual museum, multicultural, historical portrait photography show opening. Photographs from our collections. Join us at both the Hacienda de Los Martinez and The Blumenschein Home and Museum on 8/12/2017, 3pm - 6pm. Plan on visiting both museums to see the exhibition in its entirety. Refreshments will be served. Help us identify family and friends you may recognize. Photograph copies will be available for purchase. The show runs at both museums from 8/13/2017 - 10/9/2017. This is going to be fun gang!


Curators: Andrea L. Watson, Karen S. Córdova, Paul Figueroa, Margo Beutler Gins

Saturday, September, 23, 2017   Mural Room of the Old County Courthouse   2:00 p.m.
Pre-Show Lecture: Mark Henderson (Old Spanish Trail/Kit Carson)

Sunday, September 24, 2017   La Hacienda de los Martinez   2:00-5:00 pm
Tour of the La Hacienda de Los Martinez and accompanying lecture
Musical Introductions by Kim Treiber and Chipper Thompson
Meet the Artist: Seamus Berkeley: providing original painting and giclée prints on Route 66 themes, plus raffle of a print
Original Route 66 Photograph by Jeffrey Alfier from L.A. Show
Tribute to Ronald P. Chavez

13 poets performing their Route 66 poems:
Tina Carlson (NM)   Lisa D. Chavez (NM)   Karen S. Córdova CURRENT (CA)   Madelyn Garner (CO)Karen Kevorkian (CA)   David Meischen (NM)   Stella Reed (NM)   Joan Ryan (NM)Katherine Seluja (NM)   Leslie Ullman (NM)   Andrea L. Watson (CO/NM)   Scott Wiggerman (NM)   Dominic Zuccone (TX/NM)

Book signings and sales plus other items such as Route 66 pins
Wine and tapas or desserts for guests

Hosted by: La Hacienda de los Martinez, with a special thank you to Margo Beutler Gins and staff

Taos Arts Council, 3: A Taos Press, Cordova & Associates, New Mexico Arts, NEA


Native pictography the focus of visiting lecturer
Couse Foundation sponsors eminent scholar Christina Burke at the Harwood

On Aug. 5, the Couse Foundation in conjunction with the Harwood Museum of Art presents thelecture A Pictograph is Worth A Thousand Words: Reading Native Pictographs by Christina E. Burke,curator of Native American and Non-Western Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art.

For thousands of years, Native people of the Plains and Plateau painted images on hide clothing andother objects to record and remember stories of brave deeds and unusual events. Translating andunderstanding this narrative visual language provides insight into Native culture from Nativeperspectives. Featuring a Plateau shirt in the collection of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site, Burke’spresentation will explore the pictorial tradition of recording indigenous history.

The lecture will begin at 10 a.m. in the Harwood Museum at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos. Tickets areavailable in person at the museum gift shop or by calling 575/758-9826.

Christina E. Burke,
curator of Native American and
Non-Western Art at the Philbrook
Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“The Couse Foundation is thrilled to bring Ms. Burke to Taos,” said Davison Koenig, Couse-SharpHistoric Site executive director and curator. “She’s the perfect person to place our collection ofpictorial artifacts in context. For more than 20 years, she has studied Plains pictography, whichranges from historical drawings on cloth or hide, like our Plateau shirt, to contemporary forms onpaper and canvas.

”Burke’s particular interest in images of the past is their cultural context and connection to oraltraditions detailing ceremonial activities, historical events, and individuals’ brave deeds in battle andon the hunt. Her work on pictorial tribal histories known as “winter counts” was featured in anonline Smithsonian exhibition last year and the 2007 publication The Year the Stars Fell: LakotaWinter Counts.

Those interested in the lecture can see further examples of Native artistry and multicultural contextat the Couse-Sharp Historic Site “first Saturday” open house, which will run from 3-5 p.m. the sameday. Two exhibitions are on display currently, as well as the Couse Home and Studio with itscollections in situ, at 146 Kit Carson Road in Taos.


Detail of Plateau shirt with pictograph from the Couse Collection that will be one of the items of focus in Christina Burke’s lecture Aug. 5


Each exhibit in Seldom Seen: Archival Stories features archival materials that put a work of art in context. For example, the oil on canvas Sunlight/Sunshine by E. I. Couse is accompanied by items such as clothing worn by the model, a compositional sketch, a gridded photo study, and records of the finished painting's sales and exhibitions.

Taos Arts Council Featured First in 'This Month In Taos, July 2017 Newsletter'

Please click link to view PDF with schedule and map - Taos Blue Trail Walking Map



JULY 2017 ART EVENTS In Taos Historic District

Recurring Events in July

Farmer’s Market | Every Saturday, 8am-12:30pm
Taos Plaza Taos Plaza Live | Every Thursday, 6pm
Taos Plaza Indie Films on the Big Screen | Sun 2pm; Mon-Wed 7pm
Taos Community Auditorium Movies on the Green | Every Wednesday at sunset | Kit Carson Park
Yoga at the Harwood Museum | Every Thursday 8:30am
SOMOS Summer Writers Series | Wednesdays 7/12-8/16, 7pm | SOMOS Salon, Harwood Museum 
Oral History Film Series | Fridays, 1pm | Harwood Museum of Art


Saturday, July 1, 3-5:00pm Book Signing: The Couse Collection of Pueblo Pottery by E. Jane Burns and Opening: Seldom Seen Archival Stories, Couse-Sharp Site Luna Chapel, free

Saturday, July 1, 3-6:00pm First Saturday Art Walk, Taos Historic District

Saturday, July 1, 7;00pm Taos Opera Institute Gala Performance, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Sunday, July 2, 7:30pm Taos School of Music Concert: Borromeo String Quartet, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Thursday, July 6, 7:00pm Panel Discussion: The Portrait as Art Form, five portrait artists, Harwood Museum of Art, free

Friday-Sunday, July 7-9, 10am-10pm Fri-Sat; 10am-6pm Sun | 32nd Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow, Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Field, ticketed

Saturday, July 8, 5-8:00pm Opening: Michio Takayama and Robert C. Ellis, 203 Fine Art,1335 Gusdorf Rd. Suite i

Saturday, July 8, 1:00pm Lecture: Peter Vigil, The Role of Water in the History of Taos, Taos Public Library, free

Sunday, July 9, 7:30pm Taos School of Music: Young Artists Concert, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Monday, July 10, 7:00pm Open Mic Series: The Spoken Word, SOMOS Salon, free

Wednesday, July 12, 5:30-6:30pm Learning the Collections, Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House

Thursday, July 13, 7:00pm Artist talk: Considering Time, Space, and Abstraction, Beverly Acha, Harwood Museum, free.

Thursday, July 13, 7:00pm Taos Jazz Bebop Society presents the film Round Midnight, Taos Community Auditorium, free

Thursday, July 13, 4-6:00pm Opening: Migration by Sang Roberson, Encore Gallery of TCA, free. Exhibition up till Sept 3

Friday, July 14, 5-7:00pm Reading by Kathy Goss, SOMOS Salon, free

Friday, July 14, 7:00pm Jazz: Dexter Gordon Project, Harwood Museum of Art, ticketed

Saturday, July 15, 6-10:00pm Fandango: A New Celebration for New Times, Hacienda de los Martinez, ticketed fundraiser

Sunday, July 16, 7:30pm Taos School of Music Concert: Shanghai Quartet, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Wednesday, July 19, 7:00pm SOMOS: Davida Singer, John Rangel and Nicole Schmölzer: Naked Romance multi media event, Harwood Museum of Art, ticketed

Wednesday, July 19, 7:30pmTaos School of Music concert: Robert McDonald, piano, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Friday-Sunday, July 21-23, all day | Las Fiestas de Taos, celebration of Santiago and Santa Ana, Taos Plaza, free

Sunday, July 23, 4-6:00pm Writers and Poets Resist, free readings, SOMOS Salon

Sunday, July 23, 7:30pm Taos School of Music: Young Artist Concert, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Tuesday, July 25, beginning at 8:00am Santiago Feast Day, Taos Pueblo feast day ceremonies. (No cameras.)

Wednesday, July 26, 7:00pm SOMOS: A reading with Natalie Goldberg and John Nichols, Harwood Museum of Art, ticketed

Sunday, July 30 Taos School of Music concert: Brentano String Quartet; Thomas Sauer, piano, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed


Exhibitions in July, partial list

203 Fine Art | Legends of Taos Series: Michio Takayama and Robert C. Ellis, by appt
Couse Sharp Historic Site | Luna Chapel, Seldom Seen: Archival Stories, Saturdays; by appt.
David Anthony Fine Art | glass sculpture by Herb Babcock
Encore Gallery of the TCA | |Migrations: Sang Roberson, July 10 – Sept 3
FarahNheight | Medicine Paint Collective Art Installation, through August 19
Greg Moon Fine Art | After Dark 6, through July 15
Hacienda de los Martinez | Colcha Embroidery: Traditional to Contemporary, July 1 – August 3
Harwood Museum of Art | The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape, through September, and Mimi Saltzman: The Zabriskie Point, June 30 – July 28
Millicent Rogers Museum | Turquoise Gala Art Exhibition, July 7 – August 5
Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House | W Herbert "Buck" Dunton, Twilight of the West, through Oct 8 and August Night 2017 Art Auction Preview July 26 – August 26
Taos Town Hall | Patron and Painter: Alyce Frank Collects Taos, through August 25 Calendar courtesy of Town of Taos, Taos Arts Council and BeyondTaos Art Calendar.

Find more Taos art events, workshops and exhibitions at Thanks to 9-5 Print and Ship

Taos Art Council,

June 6, 2017

The Taos County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, and at that time reviewed the recommendations made by the Lodger’s Tax Advisory Board for the 2017-2018 Grant proposals.

The Taos County Board of Commissioners approved the recommendations and your organization has been awarded the amount of $2,500.00 for the 2017-2018 grants. Legal will be working on the contracts sometime in the next couple of months and will contact you as soon as the contract is ready for your signature.

Keep in mind that once the contract is signed you can submit your advertising receipts and cancelled checks for reimbursement to myself, the Lodger’s Tax Secretary, Ms. Valerie Montoya at 105 Albright St. Suite D, Taos, NM 87571 or by email. Also, the receipts and cancelled checks must be dated after June 6, 2017 in order to get reimbursement.

Also please email me at with your email address so I can provide the Taos County logo and the wording that is required on all advertisements if you don’t already have it. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.


Valerie Montoya
Chief Deputy Clerk
105 Albright St Suite D
Taos, NM 87571
(575)737-6387 Direct
(575)737-6380 Main
(575)737-6406 Fax


 The Taos Arts Council with guest curator Judith Kendall presents an exhibition “Patron and Painter: Alyce Frank Collects Taos” from June 16 – August 25, 2017, at Taos Town Hall, 400 Camino de la Placita, Taos, NM.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, June 16 from 5:00- 7:00pm.

A special Brown Bag informal walk-through of the exhibition with Judith Kendall is scheduled for Wednesday, June 21 at 12:00 noon. Attendees are invited to bring a snack or lunch at Town Hall to enjoy before or after the tour.

“We are grateful to guest curator Judith Kendall whose insight and knowledge of the professional career and life of Alyce Frank presents a seldom seen side to the artist - her mentorship and patronage of Taos artists” says Paul Figueroa, President, Taos Arts Council.” “Alyce Frank's expressionistic landscapes are beloved throughout the Southwest and nationally” states Judith Kendall. “However, few are aware of her generosity towards Taos artists throughout more than four decades painting, on site, the northern New Mexico landscape. Frank's collection is filled with strong, independent female artists: Barbara Zaring, Marsha Oliver, Marsha Skinner, Teruko Wilde, Tray Turner Sheppard, Jennifer Lynch, Leigh Gusterson, Jane Ellen Burke and Suzanne Wiggin to name a few.”

JUNE 2017 ART EVENTS In Taos Historic District

Recurring Events

Farmer’s Market | Every Saturday, 8am-12:30pm | Taos Plaza
Taos Plaza Live | Every Thursday, 6pm | Taos Plaza
Taos Opera Institute | Free pop-up concerts throughout Taos | June 8 - 30
Taos School of Music | Ticketed concerts in Taos and Taos Ski Valley | June 18 - August 5
Indie Films on the Big Screen | Sun 2:00pm; Mon-Wed 7:00pm | Taos Community Auditorium
Movies on the Green | Every Wednesday at sunset | Kit Carson Park | |

Saturday, June 3, 11:00am Met Live in HD: Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss), Taos Community Auditorium. Ticketed

Saturday, June 3, 2:00pm Lecture: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in NM, Kit Carson Electric Board Room, Taos County Historical Society presents Dr. Richard Melzer

Saturday, June 3, 2-4:00pm Opening: Errant Eye, Portraits and Works by Sarah Stolar, Harwood Museum of Art, free

Saturday, June 3, 3-6:00pm First Saturday Art Walk, Kit Carson Road

Saturday, June 3, 7:30pm Jazz: Greg Abate & Richie Cole Celebrate Phil Woods, Harwood Museum of Art. Ticketed

2017 Taos Ski Valley Arts Festival Exhibitor Details

General Festival Information:

About the Festival

2017 marks the Second Annual Arts Festival in Taos Ski Valley. The event is operated by Taos Ski Valley, Inc. in the majestic Sangre de Cristo mountains.

There will be limited space for this festival. There are no quotas of any medium, however we will do our best to organize a well balanced show.

Date & Hours & Location Saturday, August 12th: 11:30am – 5pm Sunday, August 13th: 11:30am – 5pm The Bavarian Restaurant & Lodge located on the backside of TSV. MAP

Traveling to Taos Ski Valley Taos Ski Valley is located 17 miles north of the town of Taos, NM and 88 miles north of Santa Fe, NM. Please visit the getting to Taos page on our website for more travel details.

Lodging In and Around TSV There are plenty of hotels, condos and campsites in and around Taos Ski Valley. Please visit the lodging page on our website or for more options.

Exhibitor Application_2017 TSV Arts Festival.pdf

Exhibitor Details_2017 TSV Arts Fest.pdf