“The Branding of the American West” is the important spring exhibition at the Stark Museum in Orange, TX and features Taos Artists – Higgins, Ufer, Berninghaus, Hennings, Adams, Sharp, Couse, Dunton, Gaspard, Blumenschein, and Fechin.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see inspiring pieces you may never get the chance to see otherwise. Plus, the Stark has graciously agreed to give us a private vault tour of their Fechin paintings and sculptures! The trip also includes private lectures, docent led tours through the Stark Mansion, the gardens and the Adams Bayou.
Agenda: Thursday, May 4
Dinner and lecture with Sarah Boehme, Exhibition Curator, at the Orange Country Club
Friday, May 5
"Branding the American West" tour with docents
Lunch at Old Orange Cafe with lecture (lecturer TBD)
Permanent Collection tour with docents
Private vault tour of the Stark Museum's Fechin collection
Saturday, May 6
Docent led tour of the W.H. Stark House, a 14,000 SF, fully restored, and opulently decorated Victorian Mansion built in 1893
Lunch at Star & Crescent Cafe
Docent led tour of the Shangri La Botanical Gardens Tour
Docent led Outpost tour, a pontoon boat ride through Adams Bayou
Cost: $435 per person (double occupancy); $560 per person (single occupancy) This includes a $200 tax-deductible donation to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House.
The trip fee includes two nights lodging at the Orange Hampton Inn, all entrance fees to the museum, the gardens, the Outpost tour and the Stark House, two lectures (one by exhibition curator), docents at all locations, and the private vault tour! Any meals listed are also included in this price; breakfast provided by the hotel.
Transportation: Transportation to Orange is not included. Participants, who wish to fly, can fly into Houston Hobby, Houston Intercontinental, or Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Beaumont. Plan on being in Orange by 6 PM for the opening event at the Orange County Club.
Deposits and Cancellations: Payment is due by April 15 after which $200 will be non-refundable.
Reserve Your Place Today: RESERVATIONS DUE APRIL 15. Please call (575) 758-2690 to charge by credit card or mail your check (along with contact information) to the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, PO Box 1848, Taos NM 87571. This experience is limited to 25, so don't wait! Please fee free to contact Cindy Atkins, Event Chair, with any questions: email@example.com or (210) 288-9336.
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.
DOCENT TOURS Every Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM from March - November 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.
FREE ARTIST DEMONSTRATION MEET THE ARTIST: Danielle Kennedy Saturday, March 25 from 12 - 4 PM
Artist Danielle Kennedy will be in Nicolai Fechin’s studio at the Taos Art Musuem Saturday, March 25, 2017 from 12-4 PM to discuss her work and creative process. Danielle has been an artist all of her life and has explored almost every medium. For years, she longed for a form that would give expression to her artistic talent and sense of spiritual connection. Her Spirit Figures personify Mother Nature. She says “I am inspired by the subtle interplay of color, form and texture. My intention is to create a place from which strength, wisdom, harmony and mystery can emanate.” Danielle studied art at the San Francisco Art Institute and UCLA. She also creates “beautiful, comfortable and meaningful” artist tunics. Please join us at the Museum for an opportunity to discuss Danielle’s creative process and light refreshments.
Danielle’s work in the gift store will be 20% off from March 24-31. There will also be a raffle during those same dates.
JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER PROGRAM The 8 week session runs every Saturday, May 20 to July 8, from 10 AM to Noon
Looking for something fun and rewarding for your child this Spring? Help young people become good gardeners and citizens so they can make a positive contribution to the Fechin Food Forest and to our community. This is a youth gardening project for children in grades 3-5, that teaches horticulture and environmental science education through fun and creative activities. It is modeled on the Master Gardening Program. Students work towards becoming a certified Jr. Master Gardener. Activities include making plantable greeting card, creating your own spiderweb, growing vegetables, discovering wonderful world of worms, and so much more!
Class size limited to 8. Sign up now!
$90 for 8 weeks, including book. Bring water and sun protection. You are welcome to bring a lunch and enjoy eating at the tables on the Museum’s garden patio afterwards.
For more information and registration, contact: Julie Shedko, Project Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org or (970) 376-7783 (cell).
ART AFTER HOURS Wednesday, March 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Join V. Susan Fisher and Toni George at the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House for a fun, stimulating, and social workshop in creative play. Our goals are to entertain you, spark your curiosity, and cultivate your own sources of creativity. This Wednesday we will explore the theme of threads: lines of thought, threads that connect ideas and materials. What might emerge from a combination of many threads? Join us to have fun finding your own answers.
Call ahead to reserve a place: (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: $15 for members, $20 for non-members.
HEARING THE COLLECTIONS Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 PM
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is pleased to present members of PianoTaos in an innovative concert entitled “Hearing the Collections”, on Sunday, April 9 at 1:30 PM. Free admission! While the Museum’s "Learning the Collections” gallery talks focus on one painting, for one hour, once a month, this auditory take on interpreting visual art will offer a captivating twist on the appreciation of art.
So, how do you "hear" a visual artwork? Each pianist answer this question in her own way, by selecting and performing a composition that corresponds to a painting in the Museum's collection. Her choice will reveal as much about the performer-as-artist as the artist whose work is selected. Enjoy this exploration of art and music as each pianist plays and offers her personal view of the correspondence between visual and musical art.
LEARNING THE COLLECTIONS Wednesday, April 12 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM
About the series: “Learning the Collections” gallery talks focus on one painting, for one hour, once a month, giving participants an opportunity to examine works of art as a whole: their materials, composition, and techniques, and hear the artist’s story. Group size is limited to foster conversation, observation, and enjoyment. Call ahead to reserve a place: (575) 758-2690, ext. 101. Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-members.
A FECHIN EVENING: RUSSIAN CONCERT, CAVIAR, AND VODKA!Featuring Gleb Ivanov, Russian Pianist Saturday, June 17 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Gleb Ivanov is a Russian born, virtuoso and prodigy pianist who has played at such venerable venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Louvre Museum in Paris. He has become quite a draw in Taos, having performed to sell out audiences for three years as a guest of the Taos Chamber Music Group. During a concert trip to Taos this past December, he was invited to the Taos Art Museum and was so deeply moved by the house and its Russian lure that he has agreed to come back to Taos to do a benefit in-house concert for the Museum!
To round out the evening, we will follow the concert with a Caviar and Vodka Tasting with Russian-themed Hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $150 per person with the proceeds of the event going towards restoration projects for the beautiful house that inspired this event. This one-time opportunity will be limited to 70 people and will sell out. So don’t wait – make your reservation by calling (575) 758-2690.