My friend, Sheila O’Malley, is a working artist living in Taos, which is an hour’s drive from Truchas. While she does much of her work plain air in the New Mexico landscape (and sometimes on my land as in these outdoor photos), she also has a wonderful studio in Taos.
Sheila admires the work of the old Taos Society of Artists, a group that came together in 1915. It was founded by six artists, among them Ernest Blumenschein and Herbert “Buck” Dunton. The society organized annual traveling exhibitions to several major cities, which garnered attention for both the artists and their town. With a membership that eventually grew to 21, this active group of artists is considered to be the reason Taos was originally recognized as a significant American art colony.
Sheila’s studio is the old working studio of Herbert Dunton, which is on the grounds of what is now the Blumenschein Museum, formerly the home of Mary and Ernest Blumenschein. Some of the buildings in the compound were constructed in 1797. I’m posting photos of this remarkable and historic studio space.
You can see Sheila’s work at sheilaomalleyart.com.