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2012 Outstanding Ladies of Taos year-long celebration launch — Mabel Dodge Luhan makes the information

In mid-March the banners went up, saying this 12 months’s  2012 Outstanding Ladies of Taos year-long celebration.

Taos Mountain units off the brand new banners

And the information hit the press on a nationwide scale.On March 14th Related Press newswoman Susan Montoya Bryan’s article, “Taos Embarks on Yearlong Celebration,” appeared within the New York Occasions.Mabel loomed massive in Susan’s piece. Not solely was Mabel credited with serving to create a group the place artists might thrive, by bringing writers Willa Cather and D.H. Lawrence, artists Georgia O’Keeffe and John Marin, and photographer Ansel Adams (amongst others) to Taos, she created an mental element. Chatting with this, Jina Brenneman, curator on the Harwood Museum of Artwork, mentioned “We’re seeing residuals of that as we speak.”

I’ve since found the vary of newspapers that carried the article From the extra native Santa Fe’s New Mexican, the story unfold to California’s Bay Space Information Group. In Texas it ran in Fort Price’s Star-Telegram and within the Houston Chronicle, and in Connecticut’s Stamford Advocate, the place you possibly can see quite a lot of Taos images together with one among Millicent Rogers that gives a peek at one of many shows now on view on the Millicent Rogers Museum. Over the previous weeks different gallery and museum exhibitions have opened that showcase ladies artists of Taos, each previous and current. In future postings I shall be sending you snapshots of these exhibits.

For now, nonetheless, I might prefer to introduce the Outstanding Ladies of Taos particular part printed by The Taos News on March 22nd (now out there on-line on your studying pleasure). In his introduction, Particular Sections editor Andy Jones muses on such questions as “What’s it about Taos that has allowed ladies to thrive for so lengthy?” He speculates that it might need one thing to do with the space’s relative isolation. In my very own description of the Outstanding Ladies of Taos mission, I state that ladies have lengthy shaped the spine of this group. It me that Andy Jones’ ideas echoed my personal: “If ladies weren’t allowed to be artistic and productive members of society, the material of the group would collapse.”

John Dunn Shopkeepers: 28 ladies and four distinctive males. Picture: Gail Russell, © 2012

Enterprise is without doubt one of the classes on the City of Taos’ exceptional ladies web site. And since I wrote a profile on enterpreneur Polly Raye, I remembered her saying there was a excessive share of women-owned companies in Taos. I phoned Polly earlier this week to garner her ideas on this. Since she owns the John Dunn retailers close to Taos Plaza, I requested her how most of the 20 companies have been women-run. Polly replied that 16 have been run by ladies and four by males. That sampling yields the equation of girls proudly owning and working of four in 5 or 80% of Taos companies. That matches Andy Jones’ assertion concerning the lengthy historical past of the Taos group’s robust and provoking enterprise ladies: “In modern-day Taos the enterprise world is almost dominated by ladies.”

As in so many different facets, there is a thread that returns to Mabel, a lady who impressed Georgia O’Keeffe to create a full-blown lifetime of her personal. I discover this fascinating.

Only in the near past I revisited an e-mail from Canadian poet Kate Braid who responded to an e-blast I despatched out in August 2010. Within the e-blast I introduced the intention of creating “The 12 months of Outstanding Ladies” and, with the assistance of many proficient ladies and men, this has turn into a actuality. After the profitable March 22nd official media launch, I take a look at my very own contributions to this year-long celebration.

As your weblog host, I agreed to supply context and substance to the 12 months’s advertising marketing campaign by serving to generate exhibitions and occasions that at present run by December 8, 2012. Moreover, I researched and wrote practically 40 profiles on exceptional historic and up to date ladies (see above — City of Taos’ exceptional ladies web site and Taos Information particular sections hyperlinks), and solicited practically the identical quantity from our proficient pool of  native writers. The lengthy hours diminished the frequency of postings on this weblog. Nonetheless, I am again and over the following weeks, you, pricey readers, will reap the advantages of this work. And to suppose it began with Mabel and this weblog.

Adios for now,

P.S. Kate Braid and Lois Rudnick, Mabel’s biographer, are headlining the Mabel Dodge Luhan Home’s workshop “Conferences with Outstanding Ladies” scheduled for June 1-3, 2012. There’s nonetheless some room on this workshop. Go to the hyperlink for particulars.

*Picture courtesy of Polly Raye. Picture by Gail Russell, ©  2012.

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