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3 History facts about Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico once an informal artists colony

Once home to the Tiwa Native Americans who lived here for centuries cultivating and caring for the land.  It was colonized by the Spanish before being taken over by the Mexicans before it was ceded to the US.  New Mexico is the fifth largest state in the USA with Sante Fe as its Capital and Taos as the forty-second largest city in the state per population.
This little town was launched into the art society by wealthy socialite and art enthusiast Mabel Dodge Luhan.  It has attracted artists from all over the world and hosts some of the top art events throughout the year.

 

3 Historical facts about the artful town of Taos

#1 The Taos Pueblo
The original Pueblo (which means village or town in Spanish) was built about one-thousand years ago.  This original Pueblo is still standing which makes it the oldest inhabited community in America.It was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and in 1992 UNESCO Heritage declared it as a UNESCO Heritage site.

#2 Ancestral Puebloans
The Ancestral Puebloans were made up of various Native American tribes that came from the various Four Corners region, which comprised of northwest New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Arizona.
They are believed to have been the first dwellers to have lived in Taos.

#3 Taos Pueblo hosted a trade fair
Each year in September Taos hosts a trade fair to celebrate the fairs of the years gone by.
These fairs offer a glimpse into what frontier life was like in the 1800’w when Taos was still Mexican territory.The festival offers mouthwatering eats and treats, color displays of handmade jewellery, rugs, materials and beautiful art displays!
But historically this trade fair goes back a lot further than the 1800’s as Taos Pueblo was once the central point of trade between the Native Americans that populated the areas between the tribes to the Northeast plains and those along the Rio Grande.
East fall after the agricultural harvest Taos Pueblo would host a very popular trade fair.…

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3 Of New Mexico’s top women artists

American art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan inspired women artists to New Mexico

Women artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe, were attracted to New Mexico by a wealthy art patron Mabel Dodge Luhan who settled in Taos.  She established the first informal art colony there in 1917 where artists such Georgia O’Keeffe, Rebecca Salsbury James, Barbara Latham and Dorothy Brett followed suit finding “something special in the air” of Taos.

 

3 Top women artists of New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe
Born in Wisconsin, the USA on the 15th November 1887 was known for her enlarged paintings of flowers, New Mexican landscapes and New York skyscrapers.
Her legacy is of being the “Mother of American modernism” not being happy with the styles of the artists of her time she branched out with her style of American modernist art.

Rebecca Salsbury James
Born in London, England on the 21st December 1891, she was a self-taught painter.  Her parents were both Americans that were travelling with the “Buffalo Bill Wild West show” in London, England where she was born.
She settled in New York and married her photographer husband, Paul Strand.  She divorced Strand and moved to Taos, New Mexico with a group of artists to the informal artist colony started by Mabel Dodge Luhan.
She is known for her large flower paintings, colcha embroidery and still life’s which were painted on glass.

Barbara Latham
Born June 6, 1896, in Walpole, Massachusetts.  Raised in Norwich Connecticut she grew up on a farm with her parents who were naturalists.  The farm had a large apiary on it and Barbara was given her own hive to tend to.
Her father was known for creating honey butter which is honey that is whipped up at a certain temperature until it solidifies to create a certain texture.At the age of eight, Barbara won her first art scholarship to the Norwich Free Academy.  Barbara went to Taos in 1925 where she married artist Howard Cook in 1927 and after travelling they settled down in Taos.
Barbara is known for her painting, book illustrations and prints.…

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2 Art Museums in and around New Mexico that every art lover should visit

New Mexico is filled with art museums and galleries

New Mexico has a history of art starting way back where some of the states earliest inhabitants used art to document their history.  Leaving behind various drawings, artefacts and many treasures that are proudly displayed in the many museums and galleries splashed across the state.

2 Art Museums in New Mexico every art lover should visit

 

#1 Tinkertown Museum
The town displays a mix of the old west housing a museum that has it walls made up of 50 000 glass bottle encasing 22 rooms.The exterior is a bright mix of wagon wheels, wire-framed figures and various eye-catching items. Inside is where the real animation begins with figurines carved by the creator of Tinkertown, Ross Ward.  For forty years he carved miniature wood figures.
What started as a hobby that Ross Ward would take to various travelling exhibits became what is today Tinkertown.
This museum is sure to capture the imagination of both young and old as you take a trip through the miniature carved worlds from a big top to a rowdy western tavern.
Tinkertown can be found in Sandia Park, New Mexico

 

 

#2 Carlsbad Museum and Art Center
The Carlsbad Museum and Art Center is the oldest municipal museum in New Mexico.  It was established in 1931 and has some of the finest art exhibits, permanent ones, around.It focuses mainly on the regional and local history housing various artefacts and art from the Native American history.  It is also known for its fine Western and contemporary art so there is something for every taste in this museum. The museum includes works by well-known artists of the area, photographers and works from 3D photographers and cave art taken by the many cave explorers that have been drawn to the magnificent caves of New Mexico.…

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