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Schneider, Wolf, Southwest Art

Back to the Past

TAOS.... More than 20 paintings by the six founding members and two of the active members of the famed Taos Society of Artists are on view in The Stark Legacy, an exhibit continuing through July 23 at the Taos Art Museum. The paintings are on loan from the Texas-based Stark Museum of Art. On display are works by Joseph H. Sharp, Bert G. Phillips, Ernest L. Blumenschein, E.I. Couse, Oscar E. Berninghaus, Herbert Dunton, Victor Higgins, and E. Martin Hennings. Sharp first visited Taos on a sketching trip in 1883, and is considered the artist who sparked Taos' reputation as an art town. While later studying in Paris, he told Phillips and Blumenschein about Taos, and they arrived in 1898, staying longer than planned when their wagon wheel broke. Blumenschein next told Couse of the mystical, mountainous region, inspiring him to come. With the arrival of Berninghaus and Dunton, the group numbered six, and in 1915 the first meeting of the renowned Taos Society of Artists convened. Taos today-a town of about 6,000-has been estimated to have more artists per capita than any other city in the world.

The Stark Legacy, through July 23, Taos Art Museum, 505.758J0685,

At Daybreak

SANIA FE.... For Vermont-based artist Mallory Lake, the Tuscan hills of Italy are the place and dawn is the time when she found the inspiration for her newest pastels. "The fight is a dim gray, and the olive trees and distant landscape seem flat, colorless. A heavy mist settled in the valley overnight and the autumn air is chilly. I wipe the dew from the windshield and set out for the country before the soft rays of sunlight rise above the hill," Lake wrote one morning in Tuscany not too long ago. She observed, "As the sun rises higher in the sky, so does the mist. Colors and contrasts intensify and the same abandoned villa that was touched by a sliver of warm yellow a short while ago will soon be drenched in a brilliant light where nothing is left to the imagination.''Lake has been traveling to Italy since 1995 to make photographic studies of the landscape. Her new show of Tuscan paintings, called Into the Kalian Dawn, opens at Martha Keats Gallery on February 19 with a reception at 5 p.m.

Mallory Lake: Into the Italian Down, February 19-March 17, Martha Keats Gallery, 505.982.6686, www.marthakeatsgallery.

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