My Grandpa Painted Pictures
with Barbara Brenner

March 4th, 2017
2:00 PM
Kit Carson Electric Board Room
at 118 Cruz Alta Rd.

Barbara Brenner's talk will not be purely academic, but a short biographical piece colored with his paintings and life. Her grandfather was a modest man and often claimed that people would probably mistake him for an "Undertaker". His humor and continued efforts to make Taos a better place were well known among Taosenos. Barbara Brenner was born and raised in Taos at a time when all the "founding" artists were still alive and working in Taos. She had the good fortune to know all of them, although for some she has childhood memories.

Oscar Berninghaus (1874-1952) was an American artist, born in St. Louis, Missouri and a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists. He is best known for his paintings of Native Americans, New Mexico and the American Southwest. Although Berninghaus had little formal training his natural abilities and continued efforts culminated in many awards such as the St. Louis Artist's Guild prize (1924) for his painting Autumn Days and numerous commissions for murals like the Missouri State Capitol, Fort Scott, Kansas post office and others. Beyond his role with the Taos Society of Artists (1915-1927), he was a member of many art ogranizations including the National Academy of Design, New York, NY, the Salmagundi Club, New York, NY.

Barbara Brenner was educated at the Brownmoor School and holds a B.A. from Colorado College. In 1985,she researched, edited and published a book on Oscar Berninghaus.

The Taos County Historical Society presents its monthly, free, pubic program "My Grandpa Painted Pictures" by Barbara Brandenburg Brenner on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 2:00pm in the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative Board Room, 118 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos. Barbara Brandenburg Brenner is the the granddaughter of Oscar E. Berninnghaus a founding member of the famed Taos Society of Artists. The lecture is in collaboration with the Taos Art and Cultural Consoritum 2017 theme "Taos Stories and Legends".

The Taos County Historical Society is a 501-c-3 non-profit organization founded in 1952 and dedicated to the recording and preserving of the irreplaceable in Taos County. Membership is open to anyone upon the payment of dues. For additional information on the programs, activities and history of Taos visit the Society's website at www.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org
The Society encourages support through membership.

Fall 2016 - Issue #41

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The Taos County Historical Society was formed in 1952 for the purpose of "... preserving the history of the Taos area...". It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Monthly meetings, the first Saturday of the month are held at Kit Carson Electric Boardroom with a featured speaker are open to the public and supported through memberships. These are also open to anyone upon payment of annual dues. For more information visit the Society's website, ww.taoscountyhistoricalsociety.org

Taos County Historical Society
has successully launched
"TAOS: A Topical History"

320 pages, 26 chapters and contributors.

Mil Gracias, A THOUSAND THANKS, does not begin to cover the many, many individuals to whom we owe a debt of gratitude. This debt is not only the living but also to those men and women who long ago began to preserve the journals and documents we now depend upon for knowledge of the past: the chroniclers who accompanied the explorers and settlers and who, dusty, tired and hungry, sat in the light of a candle to record in their journals the events of the day and the Franciscan clerics who made detailed reports of their canonical visits to the mission churches of Nuevo México.

Corina A. Santistevan
Acknowledgements in "Taos: A Topical History"

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