Taos Treasures-Tio Vivo by Wayne Rutherford-Fechin Studio
Taos Treasures: Tio Vivo presented by Wayne Rutherford
Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 PM.
The Tio Vivo Carousel has delighted children and fascinated adults during the 120 years it has been appearing at fiestas and fairs in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. It is arguably the very oldest “Flying Jenny” country-fair type portable carousel still in service. The Taos Lions Club purchased it in 1938 and restored it in time for the 1939 Fiesta de Santiago y Santa Ana on Taos Plaza; it has been a feature at Taos Fiestas every year since. The horses were repainted by notable members of the Taos Society of Artists and it has been depicted in paintings, watercolors, lithographs and drawings by many Taos artists. As one of the Stewards of Tio Vivo, Wayne Rutherford has been studying and recording the history of this unique and priceless piece of our Taos heritage for twenty years. He will present the history of carousels; how Tio Vivo came to be in Taos; how it is transported, set up and taken down; and will pass along some of the many tales told about it.
Tickets are free for members, $10 for non-members.