Free Admission Announced to Taos Historic Museums on April 30
Taos Historic Museums is giving the public an opportunity to explore one of the few Spanish Colonial "great houses" - Hacienda de los Martinez Museum - and the home/museum of Taos Society of Artists founder E.L. Blumenschein with free admission on April 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. The event includes free, docent led tours and refreshments. A private reception for media and tourism industry employees (not open to the public) will follow, featuring live music; painting demonstrations; artist appearances; hors d'oeuvres; and wine.
"The purpose of this special event is to share with the public the degree with which the E.L. Blumenschein Home and Museum and La Hacienda de los Martinez solely represent the customs and culture of Taos - all that make us what we are," said Taos Historic Museums Program Coordinator, Nancy Delpero. "These historic homes represent life as it was two centuries ago - in interpreting what that history means to us today, and in passing on an understanding and respect for those lessons which shape our future."
Docent led tours for the public will begin at 1:30 p.m at the Blumenschein Museum and 2:30 p.m. at the Martinez Hacienda, free of charge. Membership discounts and discounts in the gift shop will be available during the evening. A private reception for travel concierges and media will follow at 4:30 p.m., featuring live music, private docent tour, painting demonstration, hors d'oeuvres and wine from Black Mesa Winery at the Blumenschein Museum. Plus, local artists Richard Alan Nichols and Barbara Harmon will be at the event. Harmon's "Magic and Mastery: 65 Years of Painting in Taos" exhibit is currently on display at the Blumenschein through May 12.
Then at 6:30 p.m., the private reception will move to Martinez Hacienda, where nearly every room will be filled with demonstrations including weaving, straw appliqué, quilting, and Herrero (blacksmithing).
Martinez Hacienda recently installed a new children's corner, available to kids for the first time on April 30. Thanks to the generous support of the St. James Women's Group, the children's corner allow little ones to explore a trunk full of clothing, books, old time games, and crafts which give them a sense of what life was like in the 1800's.
Likewise, the Blumenschein's Art Center in the museum's historic east studio will feature a new youth art program with drop in rates available. The Blumenschein Art Center is also hosting adults workshops led by world renowned artists. Private day and/or weekend classes are available for drawing, still life, portrait, and plein air landscape painting. Call for workshop prices.