From April 22 through June 18, 2023, the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos hosts the Pastel Society of New Mexico’s Enchanted Colors, the society’s juried exhibition open to national and international artists. Now in its 31st year, Enchanted Colors features more than 70 paintings at the Millicent Rogers Museum with the full exhibition of artworks available for viewing online. The exhibition offers local-to-global perspectives of pastels, as pure pigment giving form to the fleeting views of life, seen both near and far, and even in virtual and overlapping contexts.
This year three jurors — distinguished artists, Ray Hassard, Ned Mueller, and Sally Strand — scored the entries for the competitive exhibition, with over 70 paintings of the total exhibition garnering both in-gallery and virtual showing and more accepted works shown online only.
Ann Huston, a noted pastelist based in Taos, designated this year’s awards from the paintings shown at the museum. The awards were announced during the opening reception on April 22, which also offered a moment to meet some of the featured artists.
In association with the exhibition, Mike Mahon, one of the society’s Signature Members, is offering a 3-day pastel workshop, “Painting with Control and Spontaneity,” at the museum from May 31 through June 2. Registration and tickets may be purchased online at https://www.millicentrogers.org/pages/enchanted-colors-of-new-mexico
The Pastel Society of New Mexico is a nonprofit arts organization formed in 1989 by a group of artists seeking to promote the appreciation of the soft pastel medium as well as to contribute to its growing arts community in New Mexico. http://www.pastelsnm.org
The Millicent Rogers Museum as a (501c3) non-profit 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 am to 5 pm, seven days a week (April-October). General admission is $15, with free admission offered daily for veterans, members, and children 12 and under. Taos County residents receive free museum entry every Sunday. For more information visit https://www.millicentrogers.org/ or call (575) 758-2462
Editor’s Note: Michelle Lanteri is the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at Millicent Rogers Museum