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Artists Network Overview:

Listed below are the categories and brief descriptions of the various organizations that the Taos Arts Council promotes. Each category has an alphabetical listing of organizations involved with or supporting that focus or discipline.

Councils, organizations and districts promoting the Arts is Taos and Northern New Mexico.

Organizations, groups, societies and individual either supporting or participating in the Visual Arts around Taos, including oil, watercolor, acrylic painting, illustrations, printmaking and other mediums.

The Visual Arts in Taos is an extensive, active community of artists exploring expression through various painting techniques using oil, watercolor or acrylic paints, varied illustration styles, mixed media, collage and other similar approaches. The styles range from classical to abstract, contemporary to comical, portrait to personal.

Drawn by the infamous light of Northern New Mexico and a supportive natural and social environment, Taos has evolved into a rich artist colony in which the Visual Arts are a pervasive part. Everywhere we are surrounded by the works of artists known and unknown – from the half dozen Museums in the area – to the numerous exhibits, showings and Galleries around town – to the art randomly hanging in the coffee shops, town halls, restaurants – to the walls for murals and other such spots, places or venues.

This section of the Visual Arts lists the individuals and organizations in Northern New Mexico dedicated to the furtherance of this area of creativity, expression, talent and discipline.

Gatherings, groups, organizations and individuals surrounding photography around Taos and Northern New Mexico.

Northern New Mexico offers a unique combination of light, nature, culture and color that is a rich environment for photography. As such it has drawn numerous photographers who are experts at their chosen fields of focus – such as landscape, aerial, nature, cultural, artistic, panorama, portrait and more. This section lists the individuals who work at this field of study as either professionals or from a more casual perspective, but all share the enthusiasm and exploration to see and capture what Taos and the Northern New Mexico Panorama offers to their lens.

Pottery / Ceramics

Organizations, both professional and community oriented, and individuals involved in the filming arts, such as promoting, production, editing and similar discliplines.

The Ceramic and Glass Arts share both a visual presence and tactile experience. They can present us with a wide spectrum of appearance including patterns, colors, shape and style and also present widely different surface finishes from coarse to water smooth – from the feel of the many types of finished surfaces and glazes of fired pottery, tiles, and figurines to all types of glass creations and their signature colorings, dimension and touch.

Taos and Northern New Mexico hosts a vibrant community of individuals working with both clay and glass in many different directions and combinations. This section of the Taos Arts Council lists the potters, glassworkers and other creatives working with these mediums.

Jewelry / Metalworking

Groups and individuals working with metal casting and jewlery making, materials including gold, silver, copper, bronze, iron and more.

The Glass Arts

Groups, meetings, organizations and individuals working with hot and cold glass and other related materials.

Individuals and organizations working the the glass arts, both hot and cold. The Glass Arts share both a visual presence and tactile experience. They can present us with a wide spectrum of appearance including patterns, colors, shape and style and also present widely different surface finishes from coarse to water smooth – from the feel of the many types of finished surfaces to all types of glass creations and their signature colorings, dimension and touch.

Taos and Northern New Mexico hosts a vibrant community of individuals working with glass in many different directions and combinations. This section of the Taos Arts Council lists the glassworkers and other creatives working with these mediums.

Creative Writing / Poetry

Organizations and individuals supporting or presenting writing, reading and literature in general. Included are writers, publishers and reading / writing groups.

Writing, the verbal art – prose, poetry, stream, song, biographical, historical… This listing focuses on the individuals and groups engaged in the many styles of creative writing and explorations of literature in the Taos Area. Taos hosts many groups and classes which examine, discuss, practice and read in the effort to study and further writing skills. It also is home to and visited by many individuals writing for all reasons and seasons, in a wide range of genres, and on topics both near and far.

Dance / Theater Arts

Bellydancing, Ballet, Flamenco, Modern, African Dance… Groups, schools, businesses or individuals supporting or participating in the many types of dance expression and moving arts.

Dance, and the greater encompassing term Moving Arts, describes the many types, practices and schools of dancing activities available to residents and visitors to Northern New Mexico. Taos offers ballet, flamenco, modern, african, estatic, country, salsa, therapeutic and more, not to mention the many types of traditional dances of the Taos Pueblo.

Dance in general is the art of movement and the expression of many aspects – the beauty of the human body, storytelling, emotional release or description, the practice and adherence to traditional or cultural values, religious participation, physical health and exercise, and intimate activity or just plain fun. This section of the Taos Arts Council Website lists the individuals and organizations involved with and promoting these areas of moving expression, study and disciplines.

Fiber Arts / Weaving

Organizations, groups, circles and individuals involved in the fabric arts such as weaving, quilting, dyeing and similar activities.

Weaving and the greater world of Fabric or Textile Arts are both a longstanding traditional activity and contemporary art in Taos. Artists in the area explore many of the directions this art form can take – dyeing, printing, embroidery, needlework, sewing, knitting, quilting and the like. Their creations include all types of clothing and household items such as rugs, quilts, blanketry and wall hangings, to more abstract applications such as mixed media art and other novelties. This section of the TAC website lists the persons and organizations involved with and supporting this activity, art form and practice.

Music / Songwriting

Resources for musicians and music producers in Taos and Northern New Mexico.

The Music Scene in Taos and Northern New Mexico is as varied and extensive as its people and landscape – classical, blues, country, rock and roll, alternative, reggae, jazz, choral, world – the list goes on… In addition to the local talent, Taos also attracts a constant stream of visiting artists and concerts and festivals keeping the music scene lively, varied and rich. This section of the TAC website lists the individuals and groups or organizations participating in or promoting or supporting the musical environment around Taos and surrounding areas.

Sculpture / 3D

Groups and individuals surrounding sculpture, for support, promotion and awareness.

This area of the Taos Arts Council website focuses on the world of 3D Art such as Sculpture and Woodcrafting in Taos and Northern New Mexico. Working with mediums such as stone, metal, wood, ceramic, plastics and other such materials, local area Sculptors and Woodworkers create many types of creations in this expanding art form. From Modern Art to figurines to assemblage and carvings – all the while exploring the relationship between mass and space, these artists and their communities add a rich three dimensional element to the wide spectrum of Taos Art.

Artisans / Woodworking

Organizations and individuals supporting or involved in theatrical activities around Taos and Northern New Mexico, including acting, performing, stage production and fundraising.

Art Tours

A listing of the seasonal Art Tours around Taos & Northern New Mexico.

Taos Galleries

Galleries within Taos County.

Museums

Museums and Historical Places of Interest in Taos and Northern New Mexico.

Festivals

A listing of the various seasonal Arts, Crafts and Community Festivals around Taos & Northern New Mexico.

Residencies

Information about Local Northern New Mexico Artist Residencies.

Business & Commercial Resources

Businesses and Commercial Interests supporting or catering to the Taos Arts Community, such as suppliers or stores, printers, framers, shippers and similarly oriented entities.

Professional Services

Professional Services of Individuals relating to or specializing in supporting the Taos Arts Community, such Graphic Design, Web Design, Advertising, Copywriting, Photography and related skillsets.

Grant Information / Resources

Grant Information and Sources related to the Arts and Artist Funding.

Promotion / Publicity

A listing of resources for Announcements, Promotion and Calendar Events of Art Related Activities in Taos and Northern New Mexico.

Locations

Locations for Showings and Gallery Spaces for art such as Short Terms Rentals, Cooperatives and Revolving Art Spaces and similar such resources.

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