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.
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.
LEARNING THE COLLECTIONS Wednesday, December 14, 5:30-6:30 PM
The holidays are upon us: a time to enjoy coming together. Join us for Learning the Collections on Wednesday, December 7 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for a joyful look at the variety of visions and personalities that made this remote town the most important art colony west of the Mississippi for the first half of the Twentieth Century. We’ll look at two exquisite paintings from the Museum’s current exhibition of portraits: “Portrait of John Reyna” by W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton and “Portrait of Mlle. Kitaeve” by Nicolai Fechin—and decide whether the two painters and their sitters really were such worlds apart.
About the series:“Learning the Collections” gallery talks focus on one painting, for one hour, once a month. 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.
[IMAGES—LEFT: W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton (1878-1936) “Portrait of John Reyna” c. 1930; RIGHT Nicolai Fechin (1881-1955) “Portrait of Mlle. Kitaeve” 1912]
FREE ARTIST DEMONSTRATION MEET THE ARTISTS: Rachel Donner, Ceramicsand Claire Brandenburg, Mixed Media Saturday, December 17, noon - 4 PM
Ceramic artist Rachel Donner, great granddaughter of Nicolai Fechin, and mixed media artist Claire Brandenburg, will be in Nicolai Fechin’s studio at the Taos Art Museum Saturday, December 17 from noon - 4 PM to discuss their work and creative processes. Both artists grew up in New Mexico fascinated by the world of art. With encouragement from their families, they both studied art in school and have made creativity their livelihood. Rachel studied ceramics at the University of Colorado and has held multiple apprenticeships and artist residencies. She currently works full time in her studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Claire received a BFA in art and education from UNM and taught art in Albuquerque public schools before moving to Taos. She works in fine arts, in landscape painting, and constructions. In the last 15 years, she has written, illustrated, and published nine popular and adorable children’s books. Please join us for treats, refreshments and inspiring discussions with the artist!
About the series: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. The artist's work will not only be featured in the Museum Store, but will also be 20% off during the time.