The Taos CountyHistorical Society will host its “annual” membership meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Boardroom of the Taos Electric Cooperative at 118 Cruz Alta Road, Taos, NM.
Following its brief business meeting devoted to Society reports for 2015, elections and planning for 2016, John Suazo and Jonathan Warm Day Coming will share memories and experiences on “Growing Up in Taos”. The informal presentation, followed by questions from the audience, is a popular and insightful program that begins a new year of free, public programs by the Taos County Historical Society.
John Suazo (Hunting Watching) of Taos Pueblo believes that life empowers art and is a noted, nationally-known stone sculptor. John keeps very much alive the beauty and spiritual sensitivity of this powerful and mysterious northern tribal community. Like his most ancient ancestors, John believes that all things in life have a spirit, that ultimately all things exist together in one spiritual existence – even stone.
John Suazo began sculpting in 1974 while a student at the University of New Mexico and his inspiration came from watching his uncle, Ralph Suazo who carved in cedar. “I feel that my sculpture is a reflection of my inner self – each piece beginning deep inside me. The stone seems alive, wanting to tell me a story and, in turn, I tell my story, so we work together harmoniously to bring about an understanding.”
Jonathan Warm Day
In Taos John’s sculpture is outside the entrance to the Harwood Museum of Art and he was commissioned by Taos County to create a limestone piece at the center of the County complex on Albright Street.
Jonathan Warm Day Coming is Taos born and raised and carries on the tradition of his mother, Eva Mirabal. Having developed his creativity since early childhood, Warm Day’s work encompasses a wide variety of mediums. His earlier work include wood carvings and stone sculptures and Jonathan considers himself self-taught.
The history and customs of Native American life at Taos Pueblo are kept alive in Jonathan’s recent work often featured in illustrations for books and selected posters for Festivals. His work is represented by the Rancho Milagro Collection 127 Bent St. in Taos.
The Taos County Historical Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit volunteer organization that records and preserves the irreplaceable. Formed in 1952 the Society preserves the history of Taos County and membership is open to any individual upon payment of dues. The monthly programs of the Society are free and open to the public. For more information on the Society visit its website.