February 2020

“We reached New Mexico in March, up through El Paso on a day so clear and cold it looked like you could see all the way north to the Sangre de Cristos on the Colorado border. ... When we saw an eagle turn over the empty road we stopped in a kind of ecstasy and got out to stand on the roadside to breathe and turn in circles and wave our arms. What was this place?” 
― Stephen Bodio, Querencia 


What is this place called Taos and Northern New Mexico?  Much has been written, painted, sung, sculpted, rhymed, woven, and danced that tries to convey the landscape and atmosphere of the area. How fortunate we all are to be able to experience both the magic of this landscape and the human expressions that it inspires. As I absorb and learn more about the pieces of artistic and utilitarian articulation in the Museum’s wonderful collections, I am awed by the sensibility, talent and vision the people of this area have shown since the beginning of time.  Timeless iterations of mountains, sage, and birds; multiple interpretations of where we are, who we are, what we can be. This winter, Taos County artists have submitted art pieces to the “Miniatures” show that will open in a few days. Though some art-making materials and techniques have changed through the centuries, the show’s star is still this place.