We are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Taos Arts Council to put together a beautiful show, now open to the public at The Town Hall of Taos!
A while back we were approached by Paul Figueroa, of the Taos Arts Council, to put together a exhibit to be hung in a large public space, The Town Hall of Taos. It sounded like a fun opportunity, so we agreed. We started out thinking we would approach this like any other gallery hanging, featuring all of our artists. Though this would be beautiful, after a lot of discussion, we decided to go in a different direction…
We wanted to make it an educational and interactive exhibit, featuring the work of some of the many wonderful people that are involved with Weaving Southwest. We invited several of our students, including Paul Tracy, who after a couple classes (with us and Tierra Wools) and weaving one sampler piece, created the beautiful rug shown here. We invited several artists that use our yarn, like Kay Harris of Taos who weaves beautiful afghans on a Weave-It Loom using our 2-ply Tapestry Yarns. Of course, we invited all of our artists!
We also wanted to tell the story of Weaving Southwest. Who we are, what we do and why we do it. We were able to get a couple of my Grandma Rachel Brown’s tapestries as well as pieces from my great aunt, Kristina Wilson, and step-grandmother, Joan Loveless. If you have read The Three Weavers or are from these parts, it is very likely that you have heard their names. Those three women had such a huge impact on weaving in Northern New Mexico and I felt their story should be shared.
Shortly before we started hanging the show, I came across a scrapbook that belonged to my Grandma Rachel. It contained newspaper clippings dating back as far as the 1940’s. We mounted these articles along with bios of all of the participants (thanks to Copy Queen of Taos and the Barry Norris Studio) and hung them throughout the show, in hopes of guiding the viewer through the wonderful and rich history that is Weaving Southwest.
We are having an opening at Town Hall, 400 Camino De La Placita, from 5-7PM tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2014. If you are in the area, we would love for you to join us! The show will hang through March 28th, so if you can’t make it tomorrow, maybe you can make it some time over the next couple months.
We realize not everyone can make it to Taos on such short notice, so we have decided to share the entire show via our blog! Every couple days, we will have posts featuring our artists, students and weavers that use our yarn. I am also transcribing all of the articles, so you will be able to follow the wonderful story that brought Weaving Southwest to where it is today.
I hope you enjoy this exhibit, in person or virtually, as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you!