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Blumenschein returned to New York to continue his work as an illustrator for magazines. He did return to Taos in 1910 to spend his summers working on his art and eventually in 1919 settled permanently. Phillips also recruited Oscar Beninghaus around the same time. Beninghaus only stayed a week but would return more frequently and eventually remained in Taos permanently in 1925. Beninghaus’s work was well sought after and promoted by Anheuser Busch into a book featuring 10 works of art.               

John Hauser, another founding member was known for painting Sitting Bull. Hauser visited Arizona and New Mexico in 1891 and soon began painting portraits of the native Indians after which he decided would be the only subject of art he would paint for a living. Like some of the others in the group, he would make yearly visits to Taos and surrounding areas and return home to work on his art.

Joseph Sharp also visited Taos in 1893 making him one of the earliest artists along with Hauser whose art was influenced by the native American Indians. He painted landscape art as well as portraits, 200 of which were Native American warriors from the battle of the Little Bighorn. Both Hauser and Sharp had studied art and painting in Europe together. Sharp was a teacher, but was able to make a profitable living after world renowned patrons of art made large purchases of his paintings. He became one of the six founding members of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915. 

Eanger Irving Couse painted The Captive an art work depicting the kidnapping of a teenager by an Indian chief following the 1847 Whitman Massacre on the OregonTrail. He used a Klickitat Indian and his own wife as the models. He was one of the founders of the Taos Society of Artists in 1915 and its first president.

William Herbert "Buck" Dunton was known for painting cowboy art and American Southwest art. As a commercial illustrator Dunton was not content and was convinced to visit Taos at the suggestion of Blumenschein. He permanently relocated there in 1914 where he could hunt game and work on his art at the same time.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. I hope you enjoyed learning about the history of these artists as much as I enjoyed researching and writing about them. Their background is very interesting and their art is beautifully and tragically historic. Debra Chmelina








Village Art Gallery due to hard economic times has temporarily closed it's doors. Their beautiful art can still be seen on art by deb gallery of art online website. Click on the artists below to view their art work.

Village Art G(((

                       ANDERSON, MAGGIE                            LACHANCE, PATTI

                       BARAK, PATTI                                      MACCLASKEY, BARNEY

                       BARNES, JANICE                                   PHIPPS, NANCY

                       BEISNER, JEANNIE                                 RAPPEL, DOROTHY

                       BENTLEY, ADAIR                                   SAHLSTROM, ANN

                       CANNELL, LESLIE                                  TUTTLE, NORMA

                       HOLBROOK, DEANIE                             WARNER, CHUCK

                       HUTCHINSON, KAY                               WRIGHT, JUDY

                       JACK, DIXIE


At the Village Art Gallery you will find paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor indigenous to the Southwest. From desert landscapes and flowers by Leslie Cannell, Jeannie Beisner, and Patti La Chance, to the Chiricahua leopard frog by Adair Bentley. Cactus art, historical landmark art, native bird art and native Indian art are specialties of Nancy Phipps, Dorothy Rappell, Deanie Holbrook and Judy Wright. The lovely gourd art and jewelry of Kay Hutchison, and ivory and beaded necklaces hand crafted by Ann Sahlstrom are extraordinary. Dixie Jack’s mosaic creations are genuinely unique. Just to mention a few, this group of artists are dedicated to the integrity of Southwest genre art whether it be a landscape, habitat, or creature. I commend The Village Art Gallery for their commitment to keep their gallery going in these hard economic times. However they have closed their brick and mortar building for the time being and I hope they will be able to start up again. In the meantime their art can be viewed on my website. The article below is dedicated to them because it reminds me of how artists stick together.

The Taos Society of Artists                                              

Artists were drawn to the Southwest to portray the Old West as the 1800’s came to an end. The lives and culture of Native Americans was diminishing as American expansionism efforts unfolded. Starting in 1915 there was a group of artists called the Taos Society of Artists, a group committed to Native American art. Seven men from different parts of the country who had studied art in Europe and The United States formed their own society much like the Impressionists of the mid 1800’s.

Bert Geer Phillips was a founding member of the group and the first to settle in Taos, Mexico Permanently. As a child he was influenced by tales of Western adventure involving American Indians. In 1898 he recruited Ernest Blumenschein to travel to Arizona and New Mexico who eventually became a founder of the art group. Together they set up camp, but after three months

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