The chiaroscuro of Margaret Nes

by Tamra Testerman | Nov 18, 2021

A 1939 photograph of a bell pepper by Edward Weston in Life Magazine was one of many photographs that influenced the aesthetics of Taos artist Margaret Nes. “I was very nearsighted as a child, so I saw things that were close, and saw little detail in the distance. 

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The quiet strength of
Ann Huston

by Tamra Testerman | Nov 4, 2021

A few weeks after the success of ‘Eleven,’ the first exhibit of contemporary art at Chimayo Trading Del Norte, one of the artists in the show,  Ann Huston went to retrieve her work and was met at the door by owner Gabriel Abrums, who asked her if she’d like to join the Chimayo family. 

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Taos Fall Arts Festival is back!

Staff report | Updated Oct 22, 2021

You’ve probably already cleared your calendar but let us remind you again: Taos Fall Arts Festival makes its return in a big way this weekend. For the next ten days, the 46 year-old grande dame of Taos’ cultural events offers you an autumn cornucopia of everything art-related. Paintings, prints, mixed media, installation, sculpture, and more: it’s all there for you to enjoy.

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Staff report | Updated Oct 15, 2021

Christina Sporrong is bringing back her popular welding workshops. The Spitfire Forge welding and blacksmithing workshop will run for four consecutive Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will include COVID-19 safety protocols. For more information and to register, visit

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Samuel Manymules’ transcendent pottery

by Tamra Testerman | Updated Oct 14, 2021

The potter Samuel Manymules’ work in clay is a fresh take on the long-standing tradition of Native American pottery. Collectors of his work revel in the beauty of the high polish surfaces and magical “fire clouds” he achieves using the alchemy of mud and fire to create his special aesthetic.

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The painter who traded

Ralph Meyers

by Tamra Testerman | Sep 30, 2021

Taos renaissance man Ralph Waldo Emerson Meyers (1885-1948) is a “true Taos character” according to Gabriel Abrums, owner of Chimayo Trading Del Norte in the Saint Francis Plaza.

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by Tamra Testerman | Sep 23, 2021

Numerology is the theory that there is a mystical relationship between a number and coinciding events. Eleven is considered a “master number” that holds significant power. It is considered by some to be a “messenger from the universe and spiritual awareness.”

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Take a walk on the Southside

by Tamra Testerman | Sep 23, 2021 Updated Sep 27, 2021

There are a few artists who live and work on the south side of Taos who were zipping around town to a few locations this weekend for the Taos Fall Arts Festival. Sculptor artist T.J. Mabrey was one of them.

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Walt Gonske at Chimayo Trading

by Tamra Testerman | Updated Sep 15, 2021

In the early 1970s, Taos artist Walt Gonske was working on a lucrative career as a freelance men’s fashion illustrator in NYC. He was in demand and turning work around at a big city pace. 

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The Mother of all Taos Art Festivals is Back


by Norlynne Coar | Sep 9, 2021 Updated Sep 30, 2021

After a year’s hiatus, the 46th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival returns in 2021, Sept. 24-Oct. 3. The Taos Fall Arts Open exhibition will take place in the Guadalupe Parish Gym, 205 Don Fernando Street, a block west of the Taos Plaza

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Art Beat: Aug 26 – Sept 1, 2021

Aug 26, 2021

46th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival 2021. This year’s TFAF promises to be very exciting. The schedule of events and satellite shows, as well as submission guidelines and forms will be available on Sept. 1, if not before. 

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Art Beat: Aug 19 – 25, 2021

Aug 19, 2021 Updated Aug 25, 2021

At the center of the vibrant cultural mix of the Taos An Artist Q&A will be Friday (Aug. 20), 4-5 p.m. at TCA’s Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, discussing ‘Dichotomy of an artistic practice’ as it applies to Dora Dillistone’s exhibit ‘The Mythology of the Horse and In Concert With Nature,’ incorporating new work by Dillistone at the Stables gallery, through Aug. 24, hours 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For more information, see or

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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros at Chimayo Trading Del Norte

by Tamra Testerman | Aug 19, 2021 Updated Aug 25, 2021

Award-winning artist, Michelle Tsosie Sisneros of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna tribes, paints traditional Native American themes with bold abstract elements and surrealist influences. She is the niece of Pablita Velarde – the grandmother of flat Navajo painting who may be the most famous female painter in Navajo history.

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Art Beat: Aug 12 – 18, 2021

Aug 9, 2021 Updated Aug 24, 2021

The Secret Life of Plants and Other Adventures. Photographs by Taos artist and designer Gail Russell is on exhibit through Aug. 31. Hours 9 a.m-3 p.m. at The Farm House Cafe & Bakery, 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado. Free. Call 575-776-8474.

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Art Beat: Aug 5 – 11, 2021

Aug 4, 2021 Updated Aug 24, 2021

Taos Plein Air Painters Post COVID Emergence Show. This annual show is now back and runs through Sunday (Aug. 8), 10 a.m.-6 p.m. An artist reception will be held Friday (Aug. 6), from 5-7 p.m. Come meet the artists and enjoy some refreshments. At Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. For more information, call 360-223-8101.

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Art Beat: July 22 – 28, 2021

Jul 20, 2021 Updated Jul 22, 2021

Merce Mitchell of Vortexyarns is the July-August featured artist in the ongoing Paseo Annex Window Series, a year-round rotating exhibit of local artist installations in vacant building storefronts, a program by The Paseo Project and the Town of Taos. Contact mercemitchell@hotmail.comInstagram@Vortexyarns;; 575-770-1199; or see

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Art Beat: June 15 – 21, 2021 

Jul 14, 2021 Updated Jul 15, 2021

National pastel exhibition

Millicent Rogers Museum is now fully open daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Come see the 60 pieces from 29th National Pastel Painting Exhibition. MRM is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road. General admission $10; free for children (10 and under), members and veterans; and free admission Sundays for Taos County residents. For more, see or call 575-758-2462.

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The Laughing family business 

Tamra Testerman | Jul 7, 2021 Updated Jul 12, 2021

The day for award-winning weavers Mona and daughter Charlene Laughing begins at sunrise on the Diné (Navajo) Reservation in Crystal, New Mexico, with family and a flock of churro and merino sheep to look after, 31 in all. Each with a name. 

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Don’t Miss It:
June 17 – 23, 2021

Gaucho Blue Opening 

Jun 16, 2021 Updated Jun 17, 2021

Gaucho Blue Gallery is back! “After what seems a long hiatus, we are finally excited to be opening the gallery for the 2021 season,” press materials state. Join them Saturday (June 19), from 5 p.m. onwards to view new art, “see the new Gaucho Fibres art studio and chat over some light refreshments. 

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All in the family Chimayo Trading spans generations

Tamra Testerman | Mar 3, 2021 Updated Mar 3, 2021

Chimayo Trading Del Norte is nestled in the Ranchos Plaza in the shadow of the iconic Saint Francis church in Ranchos de Taos. Owner Gabriel Abrums and wife Alicia said this location is significant to them and their family “because it represents true, authentic New Mexico. To display New Mexican artwork in a Colonial period plaza in 250-year-old adobe buildings is to see this artwork where this type of art seems at home.” The gallery showcases the work of contemporary artists and more traditional ones. It is a “family-owned and operated gallery with four generations in the Native American and fine art business.” 

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Art Beat: Feb 11 – 17, 2021 

Feb 10, 2021 Updated Feb 12, 2021

Chimayo valentines

Remember your special sweetheart this Valentines Day with unique hand-made jewelry at Chimayo Trading del Norte, located in at 1 St. Francis Church Plaza in Ranchos de Taos.

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Authentic Old West Style

Mandy Sotelo | Updated Jan 28, 2021

Is the Old West still in style? Of course it is:  It never left, says two of the region’s most authoritative purveyors of all things southwestern.

Gabriel Abrums of Chimayo Trading Del Norte and Chris Ferguson of Tres Estrellas Design sat down with Enchanted Homes to share their perspectives on historical and contemporary southwestern home furnishings, and the ease with which these elements may be incorporated into your home regardless of your decorating style.


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READ IT ONLINE! Enchanted Homes magazine, in this Thursday’s edition of the Taos News! 

We sat down with Gabriel Abrums of Chimayo Trading Del Norte and Chris Ferguson of Tres Estrellas Design to share their perspectives on historical and contemporary southwestern home furnishings, and the ease with which these elements may be incorporated into your home regardless of your decorating style.

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RED OR GREEN? Sometimes you just need both

by Lucy Herrman | Updated Jun 30, 2020

NEW MEXICO IS CALLED THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT for many reasons. We are blessed with splendid scenery, lavish vistas and endless blue sky. History, culture, art, mountains, rivers and an active outdoor lifestyle attract us to this astonishing place.

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