Press release 3/25/2012

Media Contact:

Sheila Seclearr




“A Year-Round ‘Solstice’ in Taos”


Taos, New Mexico – "SOLSTICE" is the new retail location in Taos offering sacred art and Taos holiday selections ranging from ornaments to artwork that reflect the many ways Taos celebrates all year. The inaugural exhibit, "What a Fool Believes" will open from 3-6 pm, Sunday, April 1st.

Store owner, Sheila Seclearr, says, “It’s both Palm Sunday and April Fools Day. I think the serendipity shows the dichotomies of Taos. We want to celebrate it all.”


Solstice will feature the art of William Hart McNichols, or “Father Bill” whose St. Andrei Rublev Icons reproduction business will be based in the same location. The reproductions are manufactured in Taos by local artisans for global distribution. McNichols is celebrating 22 years as an iconographer and has painted hundreds of icons commissioned by colleges, churches and collections around the world including the Vatican Museum and our own San Francisco de Asis Church. After being ordained a Priest in 1979, McNichols received a Master of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. In 1990 he moved to New Mexico to study with Russian-American master of iconography, Robert Lentz. Father Bill also assists in Sacramental Ministry in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. www.fatherbill.org


Says McNichols, “I’m painting an icon just for the opening of St. Basil the Holy Fool (Vasily in Russian). It’s the famous church in Moscow’s Red Square that we all know because of the multi-colored onion dome named for him.”


Seclearr sees Solstice as a comfortable environment where people can witness the energy of sacred art as well as purchase items for their own homes and businesses. "I learned from Father Bill that icons gaze back upon those who look with their open hearts so one experiences the unconditional loving gaze of the Divine." Seclearr recently returned from Egypt with icons from early Christianity depicting the flight into Egypt when Jesus was a young boy.


Adds Seclearr, "Solstice was also inspired by several tourists I visited with in December who were astonished at what a wonderful place Taos is to celebrate Christmas. That prompted my educational mission, a full-time corner of the store with local artists' depictions and items showing off our area's unique ways of honoring Christmas and other holidays."


Located at 134 Bent Street, Solstice will be open Wednesday through Sunday. Seclearr plans a grand opening of Solstice in June on the summer solstice featuring pottery from Taos Pueblo artist Antonia Lujan or “Tseme” of Native Fires Pottery.




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