Source: The Taos News
Date: Nov. 7, 1991
Taos Artists Get Ready for D.C.
Author: Deborah Ensor
Many of Taos’ best artists are about ready to make their debut in the nation’s capitol.
In conjunction with the “Tree in D.C.” project, 44 Taos artists will have the opportunity to have their work seen in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building.
This collection of art first will be unveiled at a fundraiser hosted by the Chefs of Taos at the Design Center of New Mexico. The show opens on Friday (Nov. 8) with a buffet from 5-8 p.m. Tickets are $15.
The evening, which includes entertainment, food and door prizes, is to raise money for the Chefs of Taos. The chefs are putting on another reception in Washington on Dec. 11, after the official tree lighting ceremony of the live Taos tree. The funds raised here will help to defray expenses.
Also at the fund-raiser, the official “Tree in D.C.” poster will be for sale. Titled “Getting the Tree,” it is an 11×14 inch woodcut by Angie Coleman, depicting an old pickup driving up a mountain road with a tree in the back. Cost is $10, $15 signed.
The art show will hang at the Design Center from Friday through Dec. 1. It then goes to the Russell Rotunda from Dec. 9-13. The art show will be on view for all to see during the Dec. 11 reception in the caucus room adjacent to the rotunda.
The show then will travel across the river to Alexandria, Va., to the Buffalo Gallery, where it will hang from Dec. 16 through mid-January.
According to Bill Staniforth and Grace Rogers, co-chairmen of the exhibit, the exhibition was envisioned as an opportunity to use the rotunda outside the reception room for an exhibit.
“What more could we send from Taos than art?” Staniforth said. “The idea is to promote Taos, and New Mexico, and when it gets right down to it, Taos is art.”
The show is invitational, mixing traditional Hispanic art work with landscapes, sculpture, Native American works and contemporary Taos art.
“It is a cross section of works,” Rogers said. “Besides beautiful New Mexican landscape paintings, we wanted to see some contemporary work. I think we accomplished that.”
The show is dubbed “Live from Taos,” and features only living Taos artists who have distinguished themselves in the art world here. Due to space limitations in the rotunda, the show had to be limited to 44 artists. The committee chose living artists to dispel the myth that much of the eastern United States holds – that Taos art is comprised only of masters like Couse, Berninghaus or Sharp.
Both Staniforth and Rogers will be going to Washington to help install the art show.
“We’re trying to get some of the best art of Taos all together in one place, in a different place,” Rogers said. “We wanted a good, high quality art show of Taos in our nation’s captiol.”
The show is funded in part by artists’ contributions, private donations, the Tree in D.C. committee and “we also found many angels to help us,” Staniforth said.
Participating artists include William Acheff, Larry Bell, Rachel Brown, George Chacon, Angie Coleman, Leslie Crespin, Keith Crown, Robert Daughters, Robert Ellis, Alyce Frank, Lydia Garcia, Rod Goebel, Walt Gonske, R.C. Gorman, Valerie Graves, Chuck Henningsen, Fola Jaramilla, Scott Jennings, Jerry Jordan, Gene Kloss, James Mack, Miguel Martinez, Ila McAfee, Ed Morgan, Margaret Ness, Tom Nobel, Paul Pascarella, Bill Rane, Ed Sandoval, Veloy Vigil, Ray Vinella, Rory Wagner, Jim Wagner, Barbara Zaring and Melissa Zink. Invited sculptors include Ron Copper, Ted Egri, Bill Gersh, Clark Jensen, Juan and Patty Navarrete, Aliah Sage, Leonard Salazar, Robert Shorty and Ben Wade.