Taos’s Biggest Art Weekend

Motomichi Nakamura will choreograph a massive four-hour sound and light performance on Hotel La Fonda de Taos during the Paseo Party on the Plaza Saturday evening

Highlights of this weekend, September 22 to 24, are the 43rd Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival exhibition opening and the Paseo Party on the Plaza. Both are anticipated all year by artists, locals and visitors. But those aren’t the only art events in Taos worth putting on your calendar. There are over a dozen gallery openings, film and music events, Writers Resist, Pecha Kucha, a few pop-up art installations, and TCA’s “35mm Film Bash” happening throughout this weekend.

Below are all the events BeyondTaos Art Calendar has listed.

Paseo Party on the Plaza DJ TsiDii

Find a printable calendar/map (thanks Taos Arts Council!) showing downtown Taos with all these events conveniently listed on the backside (a 391kb PDF).

The Paseo Project has consolidated all Saturday’s events into a four-page Party Program (a 1.8mb PDF). A tip: be prepared to post your Party pictures to Instagram with #paseotaos tag for instant gratification.

Friday, September 22

Walt Gonske’s exhibition opens at Taos Art Museum on 9/22

4-6:00pm | Opening: Walt Gonske Retrospective, Taos Art Museum, continues till Jan 7
5-8:00pm | Opening: Taos Fall Arts Fest Taos Open, Guadalupe Church Gym with nearly 200 Taos artists, Guadalupe Parish Gym, continues till Oct 1
5-8:00pm | Opening reception: Jivan Lee and James Pringle Cook, Heinley Fine Arts on Bent Street
6:00pm | 35mm Film Bash, Blazing Saddles, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed
7-9:00pm | Ollie Bell pop-up projection installation, 111-113 Paseo Norte
7-9:00pm | Enchanted Lands Soundscape Journey, a musical/media event that captures the beauty of New Mexico through music and mixed media! FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery on Paseo Norte
9:00pm | 35mm Film Bash, Barbarella, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Saturday, September 23

Paul Figueroa, TFAF president, installing “Taos Open”

8-1:00pm | Medicine Paint Live featuring Jay Smiley and Orlando Allison, live painting of Paseo’s fire organ in the Plaza during farmers market Taos Plaza
10-6:00pm | Taos Fall Arts Festival Taos Open, art exhibition, Guadalupe Parish Gym
10:30-12:30pm | Demonstration by portrait artists, Guadalupe Parish Gym
10-4:00pm | Pressing On 7 walk-in printmaking workshop, Stables Gallery, free
1-5:00pm | Artist reception: Joseph Riggs, FaraHNHeight Fine Art Gallery
1-6:00pm | SoDo Open Studios, 1022 Reed Street, ten artists, three generations
2:00pm | Paseo artist Motomichi talks about his work, Harwood Museum, free with museum admission
2:00pm | 35mm Film Bash, Bambi, Taos Community Auditorium, free
2:00pm | Lecture: The Old Spanish Trail by Mark Henderson, Mural Room, free
3-8:00pm | Kit Carson Road Arts & Cultural District Celebration of Art gallery openings
4-6:00pm | La Loteria Tearoom host’s an outdoor tea party adventure at Tea.O.Graphy
4-7:00pm | Opening: Photos from Cuba by David Smith-Soto, David Anthony Fine Art
4-9:00pm | Open House and art by Shera Maher, The Body Shop, Kit Carson Road
5-9:00pm | John Dunn Shops Grand Block Party, food, music, light show, north of the Plaza
5-7:00pm | Group show opening: Solace in Sanctuary, Wilder Nightingale Fine Art
7-11:00pm | The Paseo Party on the Plaza with VJ artist Motomichi, fire artist Jamie Vaida, The Illuminator, silent disco, and Taos youth Monster Design Challenge projections. Taos Plaza, free
7-11:00pm | Ollie Bell pop-up projection installation, 111-113 Paseo Norte
7-10:00pm | Fall Equinox Artist Reception: Ladies Night, ORALE! Gallery, Kit Carson Rd
7:30-9:30pm | Nocturne Variations multi-media show, Manzanita Market, north Plaza
6:00pm | 35mm Film Bash, Blazing Saddles, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed
9:00pm | 35mm Film Bash, Barbarella, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed

Paseo Monster Design Challenge entries from Rocky Mountain Youth Lab and Taos Middle School

Sunday, September 24

10-6:00pm | Taos Fall Arts Festival Taos Open, comprehensive art exhibition, Guadalupe Parish Gym
2:00pm | Film: Beatriz at Dinner, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed
2-5:00pm | Take a Detour from Route 66, poetry and art, Hacienda de los Martinez, free
4:00pm | Writers and Poets Resist, SOMOS Salon, free
4:30pm | Artists’ Talk moderated by Jina Brenneman with Hank Saxe, Dora Dillistone and Brian Shields, Bareiss Gallery, 15 State Road 150, free
7:00pm | Pecha Kucha Vol 24, Fall Arts Edition, Taos Community Auditorium, ticketed
9:00pm | Concert: Black Uhuru, KTAOS Solar Center, ticketed.

In Our Neighboring Communities

Trampas Church with food vendors during the first weekend of the High Road Art Tour, 2017

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24
20th Annual High Road Art Tour, second weekend
HIGH ROAD VILLAGES: The High Road to Taos, from Sipapu to Chimayo, 10-5:00pm. Visit over 40 artists in their studios and homes. See painting, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, weavings, wood crafts, retablos and more.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
Aspencade Arts & Crafts Fair
RED RIVER: Red River Conference Center, all day. Browse along booths of hand-crafted items while you enjoy delicious food and live entertainment at Red River Folk Festival.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
Children’s Theatre production of Thousand Cranes
FARMINGTON: Henderson Fine Arts Center, Farmington, Fri/Sat 7:00pm, Sun 2:00pm. True story of Sadako Saski who was two years old when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiorshima and at 14 got leukemia from the bombing, in a journey to heal herself by folding a thousand origami cranes.

Saturday-Sunday, September 23-24
Harvest Wine Festival
FARMINGTON: Wines of the San Juan, Blanco NM, 12-7:00pm. The harvest season comes alive with music, art show, food and the great grape stomp.



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