MRM: 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition At Millicent Rogers Museum Aug. 5


MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum presents a robust series of events on the first weekend of August to bring together an extended community of arts and culture supporters, many of whom have not visited the museum in more than two years.

This group of events will reunite the museum’s extended community through a weekend of sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest, the museum’s mission. It does so within the context of both national and international arts and cultural practices.

Aug. 5, the 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition presented by the Pastel Society of New Mexico opens at the museum with an awards ceremony 4-5:30 p.m., (museum membership & rsvp required) and 5:30-7 p.m. a public reception.

Aug. 6, the museum hosts its “Turquoise in the Sky with Diamonds” fundraising party 5-9 p.m. at El Monte Sagrado with live music and an arts and experiences auction. Aug. 7 the museum will host a simulcasted presentation 2-3 p.m., by Nicholas Tesluk, National Show chair and featured pastel artist, titled “The Magic of Pastel.”

“Turquoise in the Sky with Diamonds” takes its focus on the intersections of Millicent Rogers’ legacy of inspiration from regional and international arts with the individuality of Taos as a world-renowned place that unites people across cultures.

An event to support the museum, the fundraising party will feature a custom-made necklace of the same name by Taos native David Anderson, whose grandfather donated his hacienda to the museum–its current building today. Also available will be two Kilim rugs from the Middle East and an experience package for arts and culture in Denver. The Jimmy Stadler Band will perform music in a Beatles’ theme.

The extended community in attendance and the community at-large will also have the opportunity to visit the 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition at the museum, which despite its name, features regional, national, and international artists’ works.

The 30th National Pastel Painting Exhibition features 116 paintings, with 66 featured at the museum and the show’s entirety available for viewing online. The show and sale run from August 5 through September 21, 2022. The paintings’ themes range from introspective portraits of military men, like the work of Marilyn Drake, to paintings portraying intricately made ceramics, as in the work of Nicholas Tesluk.

Landscapes by Katherine Irish convey memory-making sunsets, while those of Paul Murray call attention to the uniqueness of light. Floral paintings by Sarah Blumenschein highlight the radiant character of botanicals. In addition to Tesluk’s talk, on-site demonstrations by featured artists Tobi Clement and Paul Murray will take place Aug. 14 and 28, respectively, with both programs starting at 1 p.m.

As Tesluk states, “Pastels are the only art form that combines painting and drawing,” thus revealing the specificity and excitement of the medium.

The Millicent Rogers Museum celebrates and shares the arts and cultures of the Southwest. It serves as a memorial to Millicent Rogers (1902-1953), a Standard Oil heiress whose inspiration, patronage, and collections form the core of the museum’s holdings.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. General admission $12, with free admission daily for veterans, members, and children 12 and under. Taos County residents receive free entry to the museum every Sunday.

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