Salon des Artes, 2016

by FO

20-21 August 2016
Taos, New Mexico

A two day event combining visual and performing arts.

Spend an exclusive weekend with the International renowned talents of artists David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Artistic Director Ida Kavafian and select musicians from the Music from Angel Fire Festival. Absorb a full day of in depth demonstration, conversations and lecture exploring artistic challenges and ideas at the Harwood Museum. Interact with David and Sherrie on the second day in their studios followed by an intimate salon concert with Ida and other musicians. A wine and cheese reception follows.

Saturday, 20 August
“Insights into the Arts: Through Demonstration and Discussion”
Harwood Museum, Arthur Bell Auditorium, Taos, New Mexico

Demonstration by David A. Leffel

Details of brushwork and design concepts will be seen as David shares his painting technique and philosophies.

Panel Discussion with David A. Leffel, Sherrie McGraw
This program will explore the relationship between the performing and visual arts and examine their relevance in this age of technology. Topics will also include the relationship of performing and visual arts, their challenges and current perceptions, the relevance of classical arts in a contemporary dominant society. The audience will be invited to share their thoughts and participate in this lively discussion.

Presentation on Abstract Realism by Sherrie McGraw

Through slides and discussion, Sherrie will give historical reference to this present day concept in which the abstract beauty of paint combines with a recognizable image.




Sunday, 21 August
Studio Tour and Salon Concert

Spend a memorable evening in the home & studio of David A. Leffel and Sherrie McGraw in Arroyo Seco, New Mexico. Enjoy the opportunity to continue conversations from the prior days? demonstration and discussions.








Studio Tour with David A. Leffel
Studio Tour with Sherrie McGraw

Salon Concert featuring Ida Kavafian
and invited musicians from Music From Angel Fire. Program and musicians to be announced. Wine and Cheese reception will follow.


Saturday, 20 August 2011

“Insights into the Arts; Through Demonstration and Discussion” Arthur Bell Auditorium, Harwood Museum

Beginning with David A Leffel’s still life demonstration, the audience quickly engaged in his technical and philosophical discussion. ?Bringing his brush strokes to life resulted in a remarkable small painting, exemplifying chariscuro light and shadow.



In music and fine art, gimmicks abound which are cleverly created to capture the audience’s attention. ?This and other intriguing topics were discussed in an interactive panel consisting of David A Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom, and Anne Marie McDermott, facilitated by Steve Parks of Parks Gallery.




Concluding Saturday’s event, Sherrie McGraw presented slides from museums and private collections to exemplify her discussion on “Abstract Realism.” ?Art historians and artists in the audience were captivated by this contemporary concept which originated in the late 1960’s.



Sunday, 21 August 2011

Studio Tour and Salon Concert

Sunday evening presented a refreshing opportunity to tour David and Sherrie’s magnificent home and studios. ?Guests explored works in progress as well as archived paintings. ?Following the tour, Ida Kavafian and accomplished musicians from Music From Angel Fire, including the Villiani String Quartet performed Mozart and Stephen Foster to a standing room only audience. ?An elegant wine and cheese reception followed, sponsored by the Hotel St. Bernard.









Co-sponsored by:

The Harwood Museum
Music From Angel Fire
Fine Art Services

Special rates were available for participants at the historic Taos Inn.