“Songs of Life” by Felix Vigil

20 Feb

The Woman is an important figure and has an integral role in the Jicarilla Apache and Towa cultures. She is a life giving force and also has the gift of nurturing powers. In the Jicarilla culture a young woman goes the “Blessing Ceremony”, or Puberty Rites, a five day ceremony where she is given the powers and strength to travel the path of life a blessed and wise woman.

The female spirit figure or maiden in the art work is dressed in her finest ceremonial outfit. She sings songs of healing: Songs of Life. She welcomes the new day and beckoning the Sun to be her partner. Her spirit helpers surround her as she travels the path; the journey of life.

The back side of the art work I created a stylized or symbolic landscape where there is peace and serenity: a place where calmness resides. The turquoise and dark umber colored figure represents a warrior. He is our spirit helper; the one who guards and protects us and the Universe.

The base or stand represents the Earth where we are firmly grounded and our roots run deep. I have also incorporated the colors of the four cardinal directions.

My grandmother, Lupe C. Sando and my mother, Juanita were both taken by cancer. They were two of the most amazing, wise, caring, supportive, funny, and influential women in my life. I commemorate them by creating, “Songs of Life”. They are now in the Realm of the Sacred and they nurture my very existence daily. — Felix Vigil

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It’s a Raffle with Great Prizes too!

16 Feb

It’s not just an epic 4-hour Bumps Challenge or an unrivaled Silent Auction – it’s a raffle drawing with amazing prizes too! Every year we give away an assortment of great prizes to benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer and the Anita Salas Memorial Fund.

How much does it cost?
1 ticket for $10
3 tickets for $20
20 tickets for $100
All K2 Bumps Challenge athletes receive a free raffle ticket for registering.

Prizes will be awarded from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014.
Tickets available at Taos Ski Valley Chamber of Commerce on Monday, Feb. 17 thru Saturday, Feb. 22 and all day at the Martini Tree Bar on Saturday, Feb. 22 — the day of the event. Raffle drawing will begin after the awards ceremony and during the Paint for Peaks Snowboard Silent Auction.

What can you win?
Taos Ski Valley Millennium Pass for 2014/2015 ($625)
GNU B-Pro Snowboard ($549)
3 – Burton/RED helmets
VonZipper B4BC Goggle ($115)
VonZipper Limited Edition Spaceglaze ($194)
Roxy Jacket
Men’s Holden Jacket
2 – Women’s POW B4BC Gloves 2015
2 – Women’s Zeal Sunglasses ($109 each)
3 – Nixon Beanies (mens)
3 – Nixon Keychains (*bundled with beanies)
Nikita Bag (womens)
Paul Mitchell Tin Product Kit ($60)
TNF Women’s Hoodie ($45)
LX1E Little Martin Guitar signed by Donavon Frankenreiter ($519)
VonZipper Limited Edition BrainBlast Goggle
VonZipper Feenom Goggle
VonZipper Rasta Goggle
VonZipper Begonia Sunglasses
VonZipper Elmore Sunglasses
VonZipper Lomax Sunglasses
Billabong Gear – Backpacks, Jackets, Shirts
Sanuk Gear – Fun Giveaways
The Bavarian Restaurant – Dinner for Two
Black Diamond Espresso – Gift Certificate
Cottam’s Ski Shops – $100 Gift Certificate
Le Ski Mastery – Free Ski Tune
Blonde Bear Tavern – Gift Certificate

A big thanks to Taos Ski Valley, TSV Local Businesses, Boarding for Breast Cancer, Tea of a Kind and Donavon Frankenreiter for their contribution to the raffle!

Von Zipper Chakra-B4BC 2014gnu-b-pro-c2btx-B4BC 2014LX1E Little Martin - Signed by Donavon Frankenreiter

Paint for Peaks Business Sponsors

Thank you to all our sponsors!

From Snowboards to Artwork – A Stunning Transformation!

12 Feb

It’s like Christmas at Studio Karina this time of year – with finished snowboards from artists arriving every day – it’s hard not to get excited for the Fifth Annual Paint for Peaks Snowboard Art Auction. All year long, K2 collects recycled snowboards and donates them to 20 local and regional artists who then transform them into one-of-a-kind works of art. The transformation is stunning!

This is an amazing opportunity to collect artwork from established artists that use this unique canvas. All proceeds from the silent auction benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer and the Anita Salas Memorial Fund. Taos Ski Valley partners with Studio Karina and K2 every year to make this event happen and we can’t wait to present all of the art at the Martini Tree Bar in Taos Ski Valley on February 22, 2014.

Visit the Artists page to see more boards!

Artist Randall LaGro

Artist Randall LaGro, http://www.randalllagrostudio.com

Artist El Moises

Artist El Moises, http://www.artedemoises.com

Artist Greg Moon

Artist Greg Moon, http://www.gregmoonart.com

Promo-Hobo Artist Makes His Mark at Paint for Peaks

11 Feb
Scripture - Promo-Hobo Art

Snowboard by Scripture

“I, Scripture am a third generation Taos artist and son of a Preacher. Art for me is my sermon and the message my focus. My father once told me everyone is preaching. Be it advertisement, lifestyle, politics or religion. An image is hard to unsee and resonates with the individual.”
We can do no great things for God, only small things with great love. – Mother Teresa
Bless up


ARTIST “SCRIPTURE” a Promo-Hobo artist, participates in this year’s Paint for Peaks Snowboard Art Auction and we are psyched to showcase his artwork. With a background in mural art, graffiti and tattoo art, his one-of-a-kind snowboard is a must see (and a must have) for all you Taos and New Mexico art lovers!

This snowboard, along with twenty other artworks, will be available for sale at the silent auction on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Check out the schedule of events here.

George Chacon’s Snowboard for Auction is a Celebration of Women

10 Feb

We are happy to have George Chacon participate for the first time in this year’s Paint for Peaks Snowboard Art Auction. Check out his K2 snowboard transformed into a beautiful piece of artwork and prepare to bid on Saturday, February 22, 2014 starting at 4:30pm at the Martini Tree Bar in Taos Ski Valley, NM.

Artist George Chacon

las vendadoras de La Paz, Bolivia by George Chacon

“I painted the board with oils and is called, “las vendadoras de La Paz, Bolivia”. It is a market scene depicting the Aymara natives selling food. These women do a daily three hour journey from the highlands, they go to La Paz daily to get a loan then go to the suppliers and buy goods, then head to the open market places and sell all day. They then go and pay back their loans and head back to their homes. I was so impressed by these women’s efforts to support their families and their entrepreneurial spirit I was inspired to paint this image. Notice how the light zigzags vertically down the image as the colors jump and the high top style of their bowler hats. There is a sleepy element to their eyes also.”
-George Chacon

ARTIST GEORGE CHACON has been painting in Taos for over three decades and has exterior murals on the Taos Ski Valley day skier building, the children’s center, and around the Hotel St. Bernard. In the middle of the Town of Taos, his mural “el Santero” has been published internationally. George has been very active in the Taos art scene for many years and works with many different mediums. He does figurative, portraiture, landscape, and abstract art. He can be reached at gcstudio@msn.com and 575-758-1316.

Snowboard Art Exhibit in Taos Ski Valley

10 Jan Joleen Yazzie

2014 marks the fifth year Taos Ski Valley, K2 and Studio Karina have come together to showcase original artwork on recycled snowboards.

This event is popular amongst the locals, the visitors, and the art lovers. This is a great opportunity to see established artists display their talent on an unconventional canvas. In years past, we have had the privilege of exhibiting collectable works by Erin Currier, Gustavo Victor Goler, Jim Vogel, Douglas Miles, Thom Wheeler, Jonathan Sobol, and Ira Lujan, to name just a few. This is also a chance to view works from up and coming artists or artists who quietly produce works at home. Some of the talents have captured a lot of attention like Marianne Fahrney and Nigel Kee.

Let’s see what 2014 has in store.
Paint for Peaks Snowboard Art Auction will be held in the Martini Tree Bar in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico. Snowboards will be on display from 8am til 6:30pm on Saturday, February 22, 2014. The silent auction will begin at 4pm and end at 6:30pm.

Have a ski day, view and bid on beautiful pieces of artwork, then stay a bit longer to see Donavon Frankenreiter who will wrap up the day — all to benefit breast cancer awareness.

We want to extend the biggest thank you to all of the artists who have participated in the past and continue to participate in this worthwhile event. It gives us an opportunity to showcase the wonderful artistic talent of Taos!

K2 Bumps Challenge – Online Registration is Open!

8 Jan

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Are your thighs burning yet? They will be on Saturday, February 22!

Join us for the Third Annual K2 Bumps Challenge, the first event of the day to benefit Boarding for Breast Cancer and the Anita Salas Memorial Fund. It’s a four-hour race down the infamous Al’s run. The more laps, the more points. The more money you raise, the more bonus runs you receive. Wear a costume, get another bonus run. It’s fun! Whether you make it down twice or 22 times – it’s for a great cause AND you win great prizes.

It’s a K2 Bumps Challenge. That means K2 will be filling goodie bags with fun stuff. They will be providing some great prizes, including hoodies, gloves, packs, and much more. Winners will each get a pair of K2 skis! Skis will be given out to Overall Male Winner, Overall Female Winner and for the Team with the most runs.

What does it cost? You must raise $100 to participate. That’s it. But why stop there, it’s a fundraiser. The more you raise, the better chance you have of knocking someone off the podium. Register online – Create a profile page for you or your team and share it with your friends!

Taos Ski Valley will be offering a ski pass for 2014/2015 to the individual who raises the most money.

Register Online for K2 Bumps Challenge

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