Celebramos kicks off student art show in Taos

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 4/18/19

Taos students spent all semester on their art projects and the time has come to hang them for all to see.The annual Celebramos Student Art Show kicked off this week as …

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Celebramos kicks off student art show in Taos

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Taos students spent all semester on their art projects and the time has come to hang them for all to see.

The annual Celebramos Student Art Show kicked off this week as hundreds pieces of art were hung in the Stables Art Gallery, at 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, for community members to enjoy. Students from middle and high schools around Taos have been working on their projects to hang in this show and submitted their best and most challenging work for the annual event. From sculptures to photography, students' art covers many disciplines of expression and the public is invited to catch it all.

"Taos is so far advanced [artistically]," said show director Michael Vigil. "Some of these students are at college levels. It's cool to be an artist in this town."

Vigil has been running the Celebramos show for five years and does so due to his love for the arts. Coming from an artistic family, Vigil said he wants to encourage the youth to express themselves in a positive way such as through their art.

Celebramos has a lengthy history in Taos, dating back several decades. The modern show has evolved, according to Vigil, and has garnered more support from the community each year.

"The first year I held it we couldn't even fill the room," Vigil said.

This year, nearly 1,200 pieces of art were submitted by middle and high school students for the show.

The show officially opened on Wednesday (April 17) and will run until Sunday (April 21). Students have been filtering through looking at the art as the show opened and will return for the big reception at the gallery on Saturday (April 20).

"It's just such a variety of work," Vigil said. "These students are not afraid to express themselves, I'll tell you that."

Vigil said the students had been working on their projects for most of the school year and some have even collaborated with others to build sculptures and 3D art.

"We have lots of sculpture this year," said artist Katie Woodall. "It involved many stages, lots of process. Steps, editing all the way. We were able to produce photo mandalas that were worthy of reproducing on a larger scale."

Students worked with various artists through the Visiting Artist program at Taos Municipal Schools, which allows a community artist to engage the students in various art projects. Techniques from mosaic work to painting are taught by the artist.

Most of the work included in the show stems from the Visiting Artists connections with the students.

"Visiting artists have provided delightful lessons in painting, tin and jewelry," said Taos Cyber Magnet head teacher Kate Jensen.

Along with Taos Cyber, participating schools in Celebramos include Taos Charter School, Taos Academy, Anansi Charter, Taos High and Taos Middle School.

Saturday's reception will run from 1 to 4 p.m. at the gallery, which is located next to the Taos Community Auditorium. The public will have the chance to meet some of the students and discuss their art with them. There will be opportunities for visitors to participate in on-site painting as well.

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