DOCENT TOURS Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM Museum visitors will enjoy docent tours that focus on an intimate view of the House and the remarkable history of artist Nicolai Fechin, his endless creativity, and undying love for his native Russia. The tour highlights the remarkable home he designed, built, ornamented, and furnished by hand for his family.
Docent tours are offered at 11 AM on Saturdays and Sundays, and are included in the cost of admission to the Museum.
TAOS ART MUSEUM AT FECHIN HOUSE LAUNCHES: FECHIN FOOD FOREST Every Sunday from 10 AM - 1 PM, FREE!
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House teams up with Lettuce Grow Farms to inspire and engage the public in creating the FECHIN FOOD FOREST. The goal is to combine Nicolai and Alexandra Fechin’s history of growing healthy food, the basics of permaculture, and creative expression in a community hub for families, visitors, and school groups. Our palette will be the unique and beautiful Fechin garden.
Starting Sunday, June 19, Lettuce Grow Farms will offer weekly educational activities for adults and children from 10 AM to 1 PM, beginning with the definition of a food forest and basic observation about what is growing, how light and water make an impact, sketching the landscape, planting and harvesting, and then ultimately what our (and your!) garden can become. Activities and admission to the Museum garden are free. Parking is free too!
Lettuce Grow Farms will demonstrate how to grow food and plants in ways that mimic the layers of the natural environment, or “forest.” Together, we will learn how to rebuild our ecosystem, address climate change, and increase free and equal access to fresh food in a public setting.
The garden will produce fruits, vegetables, medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, flowers, and fungi, growing together in harmony and attracting bees, birds, butterflies, and other pollinators. All food will be free for harvesting. No pesticides or herbicides will be used. Along with this educational activity, Lettuce Grow Farms provides healthy, delightful bites for sale from our Sunday Coffee Cart, along with teas from their garden and coffee, as well as cinnamon rolls made from New Mexico flour, and pecans from the Neopasado vegetarian food truck… everything to help you develop an appetite in a garden setting on a Sunday morning in Taos.
The FECHIN FOOD FOREST is ready to entice people of all ages with nature and the art of sustainable and delicious food culture!
YOGA ON THE LAWN Every Sunday from 10 - 11 am
FREE! For adults, children, and families! Enjoy the fun of yoga, outdoors, among friends with no stress and loads of benefits. Bring your own mat or use the lawn.
TREASURE HUNT FOR CHILDREN
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House announces a new way to explore its historic House Galleries, Studio, and Garden: a Treasure Hunt for children.
Starting this week, young visitors are invited to visit the House lobby to pick up the Treasure Hunt map, absolutely free, follow the clues through the Garden and Studio, and claim their reward at the end in the Gift Shop. Their adventure will highlight details of the grounds and Studio that tell their own stories about life and art in Taos.
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is pleased to announce the return of its Coffee Sundays, starting May 22, 10 AM to 1 PM. Practice the art of relaxation between 10 AM and 1 PM each Sunday this summer at the Museum over coffee, and locally made, delicious treats. Admission to the grounds, garden, historic Studio, and Museum Store is always free, so come for a visit and take a break at shaded tables in the garden setting of the flagstone patio and read a book, visit with friends and neighbors, or simply relax over a cup of coffee and a pastry. Children will enjoy the Museum’s free Treasure Hunt for exploration of the grounds and Studio, and everyone will enjoy the “Studio Gallery” in the Fechin Studio: a welcoming space to exercise your own creativity.
As a place to meet visitors, to gather with family members, or to plan a day’s visit to Taos, the garden of the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House offers a quiet off-the- street haven, with free parking, in easy walking distance of the entire historic district of Taos.
To sweeten the deal, admission to the historic Fechin House and its exhibitions is free to all Taos County residents every Sunday.
As the Museum’s volunteer pool grows, the Museum plans to expand its coffee hours. If you or a friend, or a group of friends, would be interested in volunteering please call Leslie Lancaster at the Museum Store: (575) 758-2690, ext 206, or write to email@example.com.
ART STRAIGHT UP Explore art, painting, and discussion! Wednesday, September 28, 5:30-7:30 PM
Taos Art Museum at Fechin House invites you to support a great cause by having a good time at “Art Straight Up” on Wednesday evening September 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, your chance to dive into art appreciation from the painter’s point of view. NO experience necessary: just relax and enjoy messing around with paint, figuring out how artists put their images together, and strengthening ourselves with lots of conversation and refreshments along the way. You’ll be in good company. This month, we’ll look at Nicolai Fechin’s “Baby Eya” as a guide for our explorations and discussion. We may just learn something together, we’ll certainly have fun.
Pleasecall ahead to get further details and to reserve a place: (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: $35 per person, $30 for members. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Parking is free.
[IMAGE: Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955), Baby Eya, not dated, oil on canvas, 14 x 13 inches]
FREE CONCERT: PIANOTAOS Sunday, October 2 at 1 PM
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is proud to host a special community piano concert in celebration of Hispanic classical music as part of the 2016 Fall Arts Festival. Join us for an afternoon of wonderful performances by members of PianoTaos in the beautiful historic Fechin House located just steps from the Plaza. More info: www.pianotaos.com
LEARNING THE COLLECTIONS Wednesday, October 19 at 5:30 PM
The West was still wild when the first Anglo artists settled in Taos. When Bert Geer Phillips told his father he was planning a painting trip to the West with Ernest Blumenschein, his father’s response was “Don’t you read the papers? Geronimo is on the warpath! You will lose your scalp!”
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House invites you to consider how the artwork of the Taos Society of Artists helped foster a “safer,” more peaceful, view of Native Americans of the Southwest in “Learning the Collections” on Wednesday October 19, from 5:30 to 6:30. Join Museum Director and Curator V. Susan Fisher in a close look at “The Entrance” by Joseph Henry Sharp, among other works. We’ll enjoy the view up close and from the deep perspective of history.
Group size is limited to foster discussion, observation, and enjoyment. Call ahead to reserve a place: (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members.
[Image: Joseph Henry Sharp, The Entrance (Behind the Curtain), oil on linen, not dated]
MEET THE ARTIST: FREE ARTIST DEMONSTRATION Saturday, October 22, noon - 4 PM
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is finding a new way to connect the community with artists. “Meet the Artist” is a new, free program featuring one artist for one week during the last week of the month. Please join us in the Historic Fechin Studio on October 22 from noon until 4 PM and meet local artist, Liv Johnson, a painter who will be on-hand to show and share her process with all who visit the studio. She will discuss color, rhythm, and stories. Liv’s work will not only be featured in the Museum Store from October 22 through October 28, but will also be 20% off during that time. “Born in a hispanic family, I experienced the color and culture of my heritige early on. Fiestas, feast days, and celebrations always filled my life with joy! I try to express that in my paintings.” For more details call (575) 758-2690 ext. 206. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House and Museum Store is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Parking is free. www.taosartmuseum.org
ART STRAIGHT UP Explore art, painting, and discussion! Wednesday, October 26, 5:30-7:30 PM
Enjoy the art, the refreshments, the company, and the chance to play with paint at the next “Art Straight Up” evening at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House on Wednesday, October 26, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. No experience is required to have a good time looking at “The Entrance” by Joseph Henry Sharp, and figuring out he put the picture together. If you’re thinking “not me, I don’t know how to paint” you’re perfect for this social, art-oriented experience. It’s just for fun… and who knows, we may just learn something together along the way.
Pleasecall ahead to get further details and to reserve a place: (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: $35 per person, $30 for members.
[Image: Joseph Henry Sharp, The Entrance (Behind the Curtain), oil on linen, not dated]