Taos has drawn artists and creative folks forever. Or so it seems. Together with Santa Fe it is presently the second biggest art market in the United States, New York being first. You don’t have to love art to visit Taos but you are likely to be more aware of it once you’ve been here.
There is something about the light, the air, the people drawn to this town that brings out the creativity in those here. It might be the prevalence of galleries that dot most corners. It could have something to do with the fact that the pace of life is a bit slower and people make time for things. Here the priority isn’t making money but enjoying one’s life and it is a very different way of seeing the world.
Then there is the land – the textures and the feel. The architecture fits the unique landscape and the homes seem to hug the mesas and the hills. It isn’t like anyplace else that I have ever been. I frequently tell folks that they may not have any reference points for what they are about to see. Our properties are different from properties elsewhere. As you will see.
Whether you are drawn to traditional southwest landscapes, are moved by contemporary work or something more avant garde, you will find it here. And here one artist will share information about another as support of each other is the way life is lived. Most markets are highly competitive but here it is supportive.
Over the last 100 years there have been different times when new artists have tried their luck in this town, just 40 miles south of the Colorado border. Taos has always been there for artists and artists always seem to want Taos. Each year there are festivals that draw folks. In late September is the Fall Arts Festival which traditionally draws art buyers. Many galleries schedule individual art shows that coincide with that opening and add to the festive feeling of fall.
Come walk Kit Carson Road, the Taos Plaza and Ledoux Street, where you will find many galleries. Each area is steeped in a different history and each has a different feel. You will find artists that you have heard and some that are emerging. Enjoy the diversity of work, much as the people who create it here.
Then there are the museums. You must go to The Harwood, an exquisite jewel of a place and a part of the University of New Mexico. A world class museum, you will find work that will enchant and move you. And the special events they feature are worthy of its reputation.
If you want more of the southwest, make sure you stop by the Millicent Rogers Museum, with its wonderful collection of Indian pots. Don’t miss the Kit Carson Museum and the Blumenshein House.
It is rare to find so much creativity in such a small geographic space so take it all in and enjoy. It is a part of what makes Taos Taos.
Then, when you are fully enchanted and are thinking of living here call us about your Taos real estate needs as we are here to help.
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