Jones Walker Gallery hopeful harbinger for Taos art
by Virginia L Clark
THERE’S MAGIC AFOOT IN TAOS and that is what owners-artists Max Jones and Tony Walker feel about their Jones Walker Gallery of Taos, 127 Bent Street, a business dedicated to “art, gifts, home accents and design.”
Walker and Jones are the rock stars of online marketing in Taos. Walker said they do tons of social media every day. “It takes a lot of time, but it makes people feel like they’re here and connected.”
Since the COVID-19 lockdown, they took photos of everything in the gallery and put new work online everyday. Jones said they needed an online store on the website, so they did it.
“You have two choices – sit at home and whine about the lockdown or get off your [butt] and do it!” Walker said.
They only represent Taos artists – Jim Wagner, Nancy Ortenstone, Peggy McGivern among others, like Taos Pueblo scratchboard artist Jocelyn Martinez, woodcarver Andy Greif, fine and functional fused-glass artist Scott Messick and former astronomer-impressionistic realism oil painter C.S. Tally. Max Jones’ work separates out to “Maxterpieces” and Rothko-inspired “Mini Maxes,” gilded-framed squares of two predominant color blocks.
“We love the whole community here,” Jones said, “all the artists and gallerists are so supportive of each other.”
Hailing from Dallas, Texas, in 2017, Walker had been a Taos regular since age 7, and wanted husband Max to like it too, noting “with Taos, you either love it or hate it.” But for Jones, too, it was love at first sight.
So far their fine art paintings, sculpture, ceramics, up-cycled decor, design, wearables and library table of both old and new Taos art books, plus Jones’ painting/demo studio, are stirring Taos creatives’ pot and promising more Taos magic for years to come.
For more information, contact (575) 758-7965 or see joneswalkeroftaos.com.