As the Cottonwoods turn golden along the Rio Grande, and the Canada Goose flies overhead in long rope formations, New Mexico prepares for winter. Farmers Markets still boast beets, winter squash and fresh cider, most operating till the end of October. And many New Mexicans prepare foods by roasting and drying chile, sun baking corn (chicos), and canning apricot and plum preserves.
All of this preparation sustains communities from the southern Pecan groves of the Mesilla Valley to the Piñon and Juniper forests of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. And while crackling piñon fires in Kiva fireplaces warm the body on cool nights, it is New Mexico’s vibrant culture that brightens the spirit over the winter months.
At Heritage Inspirations culture is never “out of season” and our inspirational tours transport you into the center of our thriving art community. Whether you are guided through the living Puebloan buildings of Taos Pueblo with our Tribal guides, trying your hand at “horno baking”( the traditional beehive shaped adobe ovens) with one of our indigenous family partners, exploring the mystical churches of Santa Fe, or taking in the contemporary public art of Albuquerque, we invite you into a world like no other. Take the chill off this winter as you explore our New Mexican cuisine, sunny adobe neighborhoods, and colorful art galleries. The H.I. family welcomes you home with our thoughtfully curated tours enhanced by our local partners and expert guides, as well as, our natural knack for having fun. Book your journey at heritageinspirations.com today.
This week we visit with Executive Director + Curator Davison Koenig of the Couse-Sharp Historic Site in Taos, New Mexico. The grounds of this historic site are often our first stop on our Taos Artisan Walking Tour. Read along to find out more about the Taos Society of Artists, the art, the relationships and the culture they inspired.
PAINTING INFO: Pictographs – alternate title: The Pictographs, Rito de los Frijoles | Eanger Irving Couse (1866 – 1936) | c.1911 | Oil on canvas | 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 40.6 cm) | Signed lower right: E-I- COUSE-N.A. | Inscribed verso on upper stretcher bar: Pictographs, Rito de los Frijoles
The model featured in the work is Jerry Mirabal – T’ö’mana (Tiwa), Elk Hand (English).
"The Taos Artisan Walking Tour was incredible! I’ve been to Taos several times but this was my first tour of this kind. It added to my experience immensely! Our guide and all of the artists we visited were so passionate and knowledgeable about the area and so willing to share their amazing work with us. A truly inspiring and rich experience!"