I am starting off the season at magpie with a fun, colorful folk art show. Artists to be included are my mom, dad, myself, my sweetheart, his mom and her sweetheart: Annie Degen, Bill Gersh, Georgia Gersh, Ben Shriver, Mary Shriver and Jim Wagner.
Annie moved here from the Bay Area in 1969 as part of the counterculture movement. She paints happy watercolors nearly everyday and it is a joy to watch her evolve at the age of 78.
Georgia and Ben have been playing with paper all winter, making decorative bowls and decoupage landscapes. We will both have sacred heart images in different mediums. Ben has worked closely for many years with both Jim Wagner and well-known sculptor Gustavo Victor Goler.
Mary Shriver recently retired from 30 years in the art/home décor business. She sold Country Furnishings of Taos last year, which she started in part because of Jim’s furniture making project with prisoners on parole. Mary is enjoying a quiet lifestyle and exploring her creativity at home with Jim. magpie will have a collection of their collaborative fine crafts as well as some of Jim’s small works.
Bill Gersh and Jim Wagner need no introduction.
This will be the first in a series of eight shows at magpie, one a month through November. The roster is as follows:
April: Family Folk
May: Peter Parks
June: Nora Anthony
July: Bill Gersh
August: Dwarka Bonner
September: Nat Wilson
October: Claire Haye
November: John Brandi
It’s going to be a fantastic year for art in Taos and I’m grateful to have magpie be such an important part of it.