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“A Humble Masterpiece: San Francisco de Asis Church”

Encore Gallery Exhibition, May 14 to June 13, 2010
Taos Community Auditorium
Reception for the Artists
Saturday, May 22 from 2 to 5 PM



This juried show of paintings, photographs and sculptures inspired by the church will hang in the Taos Center for the Arts’ Encore Gallery, May 14 to June 13. The exhibition, which is co-sponsored by the Taos Center for the Arts, the Taos Festival of Art and Architecture (T.F.A.A.) and Webb Design, was open to artists living in Taos County or showing in local galleries. The show was juried by Jina Brenneman, curator at the Harwood Museum, painter Randall LaGro, and santero Gustavo Victor Goler. The jurors were looking for “work that demonstrates skill and originality in rendering and elicits a strong emotional response to the subject. “

Artists included in the exhibit: Phil Bateman, Terry Davis, William Davis, Patti Day, Lenny Foster, Tupper and Richard Hawley, Petro Hul, Ann Huston, Steve Immel, Inger Jirby, Douglas Johnson, Abagail Mondragon, Bernard Plossu, Chris Pulos, Jan Rader, Geraint Smith, Linda Thompson, Terry Thompson, Pattie Trayner, Rhonda Turner, Jim Wagner, April Werner, and Pat Woodall.

Image pictured above: Bernard Plossu, Ranchos de Taos, '78, 10.5 x 7 inches (image), silver print

All entries can be viewed at

Other events being planned by T.F.A.A. include an evening at the T.C.A. of lectures and short films on the adobe churches of northern New Mexico (June 4), guided tours of a score of the treasured adobe churches and moradas in the Taos area (May 29), and a gathering of volunteers to assist in the annual remudding of the famed Ranchos church(June 7 to 18).

“A Taos Festival of Art and Architecture is something I’ve dreamed of for a long time,” says Stephen Parks, a prime mover behind the festival. “We have several of the world’s greatest adobe architectural monuments, a vibrant community of “Green” building visionaries, terrific contemporary architects and builders, and a collection of museums capable of mounting related exhibitions of national interest. Working together, we could create a very exciting festival. What building could be a more appropriate centerpiece than the Ranchos Church, one of the most sacred and aesthetically powerful structures in the world.”

For information contact Dancer Dearing at 758-2052 or email
Taos Center for the Arts
133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos, NM 87571
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