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The Millicent Rogers Museum presents a solid series of events on the first August weekend to bring together a broader arts and culture community well-wishers, many of whom have not visited the museum for over two years.

This group of events will bring together the wider museum community through a weekend of sharing and celebration of the arts and cultures of the South West, the mission of the museum. It does so within the framework of national and international policies artistic and cultural practices.

On August 5, the 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition presented by the Pastel Society of New Mexico opens at the museum with a 4-5:30 p.m., (museum membership and rsvp required) and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. a public reception.

On August 6, the museum organizes its “Turquoise in the Sky with Diamonds” fundraising party 5-9pm at El Monte Sagrado with live music and arts and experience auctions. On August 7, the museum will host a presentation simulcast from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., by Nicholas Tesluk, chairman of the National Show and star pastel artist, entitled “The magic of pastel”.

“Turquoise in the Sky with Diamonds” focuses on the intersections of Millicent Rogers’ inspirational legacy in regional and international arts with the individuality of Taos as a world famous place that unites people across cultures.

An event to support the museum, the fundraising evening will feature a namesake necklace by Taos native David Anderson, whose grandfather donated his hacienda to the museum – his current building today. Also available will be being two Middle Eastern Kilim rugs and a set of experiences for the arts and culture in Denver. The Jimmy Stadler Band will perform music in a Beatles theme.

The extended community present and the community as a whole will also have the opportunity to visit the 30th National Pastel Exhibition at the museum, which, despite its name, features works by regional, national and international artists.

The 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition features 116 paintings, including 66 presented at the museum and the entire show available for online viewing. The exhibition-sale from August 5 to September 21, 2022. The paintings themes range from introspective military portraits, such as the work of Marilyn Drake, with paintings representing complex ceramics, as in the work of Nicholas Tesluk.

Katherine Irish’s landscapes evoke memorable sunsets, while those by Paul Murray draw attention to the uniqueness of light. Sarah’s Floral Paintings The Blumenschein emphasize the radiant character of the plants. In addition to Tesluk conference, on-site demonstrations by featured artists Tobi Clement and Paul Murray will be will take place on August 14 and 28, respectively, with both programs beginning at 1 p.m.

As Tesluk states, “Pastels are the only art form that combines painting and drawing”, thus revealing the specificity and excitement of the medium.

The Millicent Rogers Museum celebrates and shares the arts and cultures of South West. It serves as a memorial to Millicent Rogers (1902-1953), a Standard Oil heiress whose inspiration, patronage and collections are at the heart of the museum fund.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. General $12 admission, with free admission daily for veterans, members, and children 12 and under. Residents of Taos County enjoy free admission to the museum every Sunday.

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