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Courtesy Photo Original painting by Mary Jo Kelly of Cerro, one of the featured artists at the Taos Arts Collective

Local to be Featured at Taos Art Gallery

The Taos Artist Collective gallery showcases regional artists in the disciplines of painting, watercolor, photography, sculpture, jewelry, and fiber arts.

The gallery was originally founded as the Enchanted Dreams Foundation and Antique Emporium to benefit children with autism. In 2009, the gallery was transformed into the Taos Artist Collective. It is located in the heart of Taos, on the northwest corner of Kit Carson and Paseo del Pueblo Sur.

Beginning September 1, Mary Jo Kelly of Cerro, along with artists Joey Wieder of Taos, and Karen Trythall of Alcalde, will be featured for the window display for the month.

Kelly worked as a special education teacher in Questa for a decade. Upon retirement in 2021, she saved enough money to purchase art supplies in order to launch into a second career as a landscape painter.
Her paintings are described as “rich with stunningly original colors and interesting compositions.” Her work is said to “capture the essence of New Mexico with its unique culture and amazing wilderness and mountainous areas, using a bold impressionistic sensitivity.” Her subjects have also expanded from landscape to also depict animals, wildlife, and architecture.

September’s First Friday Gallery Walk coupled with the show opening will take place on Friday September 1, from 5 to 8 p.m. The gallery encourages the public to stop by to see local collections.