The Five Monumental Art Weekends of September 2018

August 30, 2018 – Taos Art Calendar’s sister site,, provides highlights from all five weekends of “Art Month” in northern New Mexico. In addition to art events, there are ongoing art exhibitions and art workshops, all available for review on the website, which is an aggregation of website content from Harwood Museum, Taos Center for the Arts, and SOMOS. More content comes from submissions by regional galleries, theater groups, and artists. For art aficionados who prefer to get their art alerts by email, sign up for the e-Calendar.

Here are five times to visit Taos in September – or to stay in town if you are fortunate enough to call Taos home.

#1 | Art Studio Weekend

August 31- September 3 (Labor Day) • Artists throughout Taos County open their studios, Chama Valley’s annual art tour begins and Indian Market happens in Farmington.

Totah Festival Arts Festival in Farmington; Tierra Wools in Los Ojos is included in Chama Valley Art Tour; the artist’s tools from Los Gringos studio in Chama

Saturday-Monday, September 1-3
TAO (Taos Artist Organization) Studio Tour
TAOS: Throughout Taos, 10:00am-5:00pm. Shop for original art at the working studios of over 40 local Taos artists.

Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2
Chama Valley Studio Tour
CHAMA: Downtown Chama and surrounding areas along hwys 64/84, 9:00am-5:00pm. Art studio tour and art festival with local artists opening their studios to the public. Galleries and open spaces feature over 40 artists from Northern New Mexico.

Saturday-Sunday, September 1-2
Totah Festival Indian Market and Powwow
FARMINGTON: Farmington Museum, 5-7:00pm Fri, all day Sat-Sun. Native American juried fine arts and crafts show and marketplace, Indian rug auction, and powwow competition.

A few women on TAO’s 2018 studio tour: Jill Sanger, Nicki Marx, Inger Jirby, Claire Haye

Also happening on art weekend #1

Saturday, September 1: Music From Angel Fire: Annual Salon Concert
ANGEL FIRE: Angel Fire Community Center, 2:00pm

Saturday, September 1: First Saturday Open House with Jonathan Warm Day Coming
TAOS: The Couse-Sharp Historic Site, 3-5:00pm. Free.

Saturday, September 1: First Saturday Art Walk
TAOS: Taos Historic District, 3-7:00pm

#2 | Art and Guitars Weekend

September 7-9 • Big Barn Dance Music Fest with Michael Hearne and friends fills Kit Carson Park and Rio Costilla invites visitors to its artists’ studios  and Larry Bell’s exhibition of guitars and art continues at Harwood Museum of Art.

Karen McCurtain Blair, a Rio Costilla artist, at work. Michael Hear at last year’s Big Barn Dance Music Fest; Chipper Thompson and Larry Bell with Bell’s guitar collection.

Thursday-Sunday, September 6-8
16th Annual Michael Hearne Big Barn Dance Music Festival
TAOS: Kit Carson Park, from noon each day. Experience some of the most diverse and well-respected names in Traditional Country, Americana and Folk music, hosted by Taos’ beloved Michael Hearne.

Saturday-Sunday, September 8-9
Rio Costilla Studio Tour

QUESTA: Rio Costilla, north of Questa, 10-5:00pm. Tour the studios of artists and craftspeople on the New Mexico/Colorado border just north of Taos.

Also happening on art weekend #2

Thursday, September 6:  Artist’s Reception: Susan Barnett
TAOS: Encore Gallery of TCA, 4-6:00pm

Friday, September 7:  Taos First Friday
TAOS: Galleries and shops on Bent Street, John Dunn Shops and Plaza

Friday, September 7:  Meet the Artist: Julie Lake, “Compendium”
TAOS: Harwood Museum of Art, 4 – 6:00pm.

Saturday, September 8: Lecture: From Spain to New Mexico
TAOS: Kit Carson Electric Board Room, 2:00pm. Free.

Saturday, September 8:  An Evening with Larry Bell, Chipper Thompson and Guitars
TAOS: Harwood Museum of Art, 7:00pm. Ticketed.

#3 | Art Outside Weekend

September 14-16 • The PASEO 2018 lights up Taos Historic District, while up north NeoRio brings art to the Wild Rivers Area and Bluegrass fills the Town of Red River.

The Space Cloud by Espacio La Nube in Madrid, Spain is the nexus of The PASEO 2018; Blue Canyon Boys at Red River’s Bluegrass Fest; NeoRio’s theme is “Roots/Raices”

Friday-Saturday, September 14-15
The PASEO 2018
TAOS: Taos Historic District, 7-11:00pm. Local, national and international artists present two evenings of immersive and participatory art installations that harness art, science and technology to explore Space–both outer and inner space–through multi-sensory experiences. Free.

Saturday, September 15
NeoRio 2018 – “Roots ~ Raices”
QUESTA: Montoso Campground, Wild Rivers, Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, 4-9:00pm. Artists delve into “Roots ~ Raices,” with art installations along the rim of the Rio Grande gorge, food, music and more. Free.

Thursday-Sunday, September 13-16
44th Annual Bluegrass & Old Time Music Festival
RED RIVER: Various venues in Red River. Four days of bluegrass pickin’ with music all day and night, workshops, beer garden, vendors.

Also happening on art weekend #3

Saturday, September 15: The PASEO After Party with Beats Antique
TAOS: Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership, 11:00 to dawn on Sunday. Ticketed.

Sunday, September 16: Reading: Bonnie Lee Black
TAOS: SOMOS Salon 5:00pm. Free.

Sunday, September 16: Pecha Kucha Fall Arts Edition
TAOS: Taos Community Auditorium; 7:00pm. Ticketed.

#4 | Art on the Walls Weekend

September 21-23 • Taos Fall Arts Festival opens its “Taos Open” exhibition, Red River has simultaneous folk music and arts/crafts fairs, and the High Road art villages welcome visitors to meet their artists.

Red River aspens and a detail of Taos Fall Arts 2018 poster by David Vedoe

Opening on Friday, September 21
44th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival, opening weekend
TAOS: Guadalupe Parish Gym and throughout Taos, 10-6:00pm daily through September 30. Featuring Taos most comprehensive art exhibition of the year plus many related events.

September 20-23
3rd Annual Red River Folk Festival
RED RIVER: Various venues in Red River, day and night. Folk music festival featuring James McMurtry, Shawn Mullins, Robert Mirabal and Max Gomez.

September 21-23
Aspencade Arts & Crafts Fair
RED RIVER: Brandenburg Park. Browse along booths of hand-crafted items while you enjoy delicious food and live entertainment at Red River Folk Festival.

Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23
21st Annual High Road Art Tour, first 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.

Also happening on art weekend #4

Friday, September 21: Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman: A Memoir from the Early 20th Century
TAOS: SOMOS Salon 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22: Concert: Trompone Shorty’s Voodoo Threauxdown
TAOS: Kit Carson Park, 6pm, ticketed

Saturday, September 22: Meet the Artist: Don Kelsen
TAOS: Taos Art Museum, Fechin’s Studio, all day. free.

Saturday-Sunday, September 22-23: Taos Chamber Music Group: Common Ground
TAOS: Harwood Museum of Art, 5:30pm, ticketed

Sunday, September 23: Writers and Poets Resist, an open reading
TAOS: SOMOS Salon 4-6:00pm. Free.

#5 | Art and San G Day Weekend

 September 26-30 • Taos Pueblo celebrates San Geronimo Day and Taos Fall Arts Festival shares its closing weekend with open studio tours in Angel Fire. El Rito, the Southside Arts District and High Road art villages.

Taos Pueblo, top, and the High Road Art Tour in 2017, with vendors set up around Las Trampas Church

Closing on September 30
44th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival, closing weekend
TAOS: Guadalupe Parish Gym and throughout Taos, 10-6:00pm daily. Featuring Taos most comprehensive art exhibition of the year plus many related events.

September 29-30
San Geronimo Days
TAOS PUEBLO: Taos Pueblo plaza area, noon-4:30pm Saturday; 8-5:00pm Sunday. San Geronimo (Saint Jerome) is the Patron Saint of Taos Pueblo. This is the most significant event for the Taos Pueblo people, including a colorful mix of culture and tradition. The day begins with traditional footraces and continues with an all day open air market with artisans from different tribal communities coming from near and far. As a community coming and walking a fine line of maintaining our cultural beginnings and traditions of trade and sharing in a modern context, we open our home to the world to come and experience a day of who we are as Taos Pueblo people. All are welcome. (No cameras.)

Also happening on art weekend #5

Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30: Angel Fire Studio Tour
ANGEL FIRE: Throughout Moreno Valley, 9-5:00pm

Saturday-Sunday, September 29: El Rito Studio Tour
EL RITO: between Abiquiu and Ojo Caliente, 10-5:00pm

Saturday, September 29: Open Studios: Discover Southside Arts
TAOS: Gusdorf and Reed Streets, 1-6:00pm

Saturday-Sunday, September 29-30: High Road Art Tour, second weekend
HIGH ROAD VILLAGES: from Sipapu to Chimayo, 10-5:00pm

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