The Taos Summer Arts & Crafts Fair drew artisans from all over New Mexico. There was an eclectic display of arts and crafts in Kit Carson Park from from Friday, August 12 through Sunday, August 14, 2016. In an age of technology and digital imagery it was impressive to see the diverse array of items that were created by hand. People made jewelry, handbags, whimsical wood carvings, clothing and more.
Jeff Lawrence, a potter from Santa Fe, created some colorful bowls and mugs that are great for holding warm beverages during the cooler months in Taos.
Ornamental glass was also on display. I spoke with the one of the designers, Marie, who drove up to Taos from the Southern New Mexico town of Ruidoso to showcase the glass that she and her husband, Richard, create. They stain, design and carve crystallized dichroic glass. When back lit, their RainbowLightcasters cast light in shapes on any nearby surface.
An innovative idea that was present at the event was the “Action Painting Experience,” which was inspired by the abstract impressionist art and painting style of Jackson Pollock. At this station, a person could buy a blank canvas, place the canvas on the ground and then dribble paint from a wooden stick in rapid strokes a few inches above the canvas. There were several bright colors from which to choose.
They had an example available on which to practice. I dripped a few strokes of blue paint, adding my mark to the piece of art. I can see why this method is referred to as “action painting.” Neal, the owner of the operation, and I joked about how it is a good way to relieve stress.
It was wonderful to see the Town of Taos give this broad range of talent and craftsmanship an arena. It was inspiring to see the care that was put into the various crafts and I felt lucky that these artisans came to Taos from far and wide to share their work.
Blogpost and photos by Beth Dobos