For the first time since Founded in 1989, the Pastel Society of New Mexico chose the Millicent Rogers Museum – and Taos – as the site of its annual national pastel painting exhibition. It’s a blow to both, noted MRM executive director Greta Brunschwyler and Nicholas Tesluk, distinguished fellow of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and chair of this year’s jury exhibit.

“Pastel painting exhibitions are generally rare,” Tesluk said. So, with this first visit to Taos, the public of northern New Mexico has the first opportunity this summer to enjoy an art exhibit of a myriad of techniques and subjects executed in soft, hard and pastel pastels. oil.

“Pastels are the only art form that combines painting and drawing,” Tesluk continued. “They are very versatile; can be mixed and built; and paintings do not undergo any color change, therefore, properly framed, pastels are the most durable of all the arts. It is truly a magical medium. “

Experience the magic yourself with 60 of 118 tickets available for a visit in person through August 31. Brunschwyler and Tesluk have indicated that the exhibit is a hybrid show this year, so if the weather does not permit a visit to Millicent Rogers, the exhibit can be viewed via a link on the MRM site, millicentrogers.org, Where on pastelnm.org.

From misty and impressionistic landscapes to those represented in relief; from dreamy portraits to those with razor sharp jaws; from ethereal still lifes to those with photographic detail: there is truly something for every visitor to admire. And with all of the coins available for purchase, the lucky few will have the right to brag about an exciting acquisition.

Under the aegis of the International Association of Pastel Societies, the call for artists at this national pastel painting exhibition has reached global reach with nominations from countries as far away as China, Russia and Israel. But artists from the southwest are also represented in abundance, with local favorite Sarah Blumenschein winning a second-place ribbon for one of her famous floral still lifes.

“Artists Marilyn Drake (Albuquerque) and Nancy Silvia (Santa Fe) not only put their works on a jury, but were also instrumental in the organization and hanging of the exhibition,” Tesluk said. .

The use of pastels originated in northern Italy at the turn of the 15th century, when pure pigments were mixed with a binder and shaped into sticks that masters such as Michelangelo used to draw. Starting with just three original colors – red, black and white – pastels are now available in over a thousand shades, which is part of the reason for the amazing depth, detail, nuance and texture these artists have achieved.

You may want to mark your calendar for August 7, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., when the Pastel Society is hosting a gallery conference and outdoor painting session that is free with your museum entry. It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the methodology of pastel painting while watching the art being created before your eyes.

The National Pastel Painting Exhibition may be the crown jewel of summer events at Millicent Rogers, but Brunschwyler noted that there is always a reason to visit the museum.

“We are also honored to present the sculptures by Michael Naranjo until August 31,” she said. “His world of sculpture is remarkable because it is seen through his ‘visual’ hands.”

Originally from Santa Clara Pueblo, Naranjo grew up in Taos and learned the art of ceramics from his mother, Rose Naranjo. He lost his right hand and his eyesight while serving his country during the Vietnam War and during his recovery he returned to working with clay. It was during this period of healing that he discovered his passion for sculpture.

And, although drawing to a close, the museum’s free reading program, “Stories near the Mountain”, still offers children aged 4 to 8 the chance to enjoy an hour of southern stories. -Where is.

“Local author Dora Dillistone will be at the museum on Thursday, July 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. to read her award-winning book, ‘Luna: The Mare with the Sky Blue Eyes’, with illustrations by Taos Pueblo artist Jonathan Warm Day Coming , ”Brunschwyler said. “Dora will provide a free copy of the book to the children who attend.”

Seating is limited, so to participate in this social distancing, outdoor, kid-friendly event you are required to email [email protected] or call (575) 758- 2462. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.

The Millicent Rogers Museum is located at 1509 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado. Now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to the museum is $ 10; free for museum members; and free for residents of Taos County every Sunday. Please visit millicentrogers.org or call (575) 758-2462 for more information.

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