Our Residents

Bill Harrison

A resident of Taos for 38 years, Bill Harrison and his artist wife, Marge, first visited Taos in 1963, drawn to the town’s rich history and art culture. Upon their arrival, Bill became the manager of the Taos Chamber of Commerce. In 1974, Bill was instrumental in the creation of the Taos Fall Arts Festival, which continues to celebrate the visual arts and Taos County artists to this day. As cultural stewards of art, Bill and Marge owned the well-known Shriver Gallery for 17 years. His home is a testament to his love of art. The walls of every room are adorned with beautiful paintings, including those of his wife and daughter.

Bill Harrison is a father of four daughters, a builder, a hunter, a fisherman and he volunteers extensively in the Taos community. He volunteers at Shared Table, the largest food pantry distribution in Taos County and is a long-time member of the Taos Lion’s Club.

Through the Lion’s Club, Bill works with the KidSight Program which offers free eye screenings for elementary children and has screened over 6,500 Taos County children in the past 4 years. During the annual Fiestas de Taos, Bill helps operate the historic Tio Vivo Carousel, a late-19th century relic that is the only one of it’s kind in active service in the United States. “Because the Taos Retirement Village is centrally located, I’m able to stay actively involved in the Taos Community.”

 

Julia Moore

Julia Moore is an officially retired art editor, although she still works at least 20 hours a week from her home office. Julia lived in New York for 35 years and worked as an eminent art editor at Harry N. Abrams where she edited Janson’s History of Art, twice.

She helped develop a book entitled Art History, Prentice-Hall’s most successful new textbook. Most recently, Julia enjoys editing books about Buddhism and Eastern Religion, particularly South Asian art.

Currently, Julia is four years into an extraordinary project working with 33 writers on developing a comprehensive book on the history of Taos, which the Museum of New Mexico Press accepted for publication. She works closely with another TRV resident, Corina Santistevan.

Locally, Julia sits on the board of the Taos County Historical Society and is a member of the Collections Committee at the Harwood Museum of Art. She was a long-time board member of the Harwood and remains a huge supporter of the museum.

Julia first visited Taos when she was 15 years old, during a family road trip from their home in southern Oregon. “I have several vivid memories, coming into Taos from the north in the evening and seeing the Taos Inn neon sign, the same one that stands today. I remember looking around at these very unfamiliar looking buildings and realized I was just in love with them.”

Julia’s two daughters live in Albuquerque and she is a proud grandmother of twin girls. When she’s not editing, Julia can be found in her stunning, flower-laden garden or cooking in her well-stocked kitchen.

 

 

David Loveless

David Loveless is incredibly prolific in his art. A designer, builder and architect for decades, David continues to design and build furniture, create multi-media kinetic sculptures, paint and draw. And that’s just scratching the surface of what he accomplishes.

As a 30-year resident of Taos, David enjoyed the new experience of learning to build houses out of adobe instead of wood when he and his wife relocated from Massachusetts. They moved to a house in Arroyo Seco, where David designed and built an indoor pool. The pool was heated by solar power, and in turn, the pool heated the house. This unique design created an indoor furnace with plenty of humidity.

When David and his wife, Joan decided to move to the retirement village, David asked if he could build his own house on the property. They obliged. He designed and built the beautiful adobe house he currently lives in at TRV. The owners of the community then asked him to draft the designs for all the Casitas on the property, which his contractor son, Keith, then built.

David also writes children’s books and illustrates them on his vintage Commodore computer. The stories revolve around the adventures of “Poko,” a black cat reimagined in the visage of beloved pet, “Popo.” The project started as a fun bedtime story for his grandson, and continues to delight through 40 books, which are exciting and culturally relevant in Taos.

David’s interest of visual phenomena, inspired him to photograph a series of unique slides he developed on his computer. He projected these digital imprints onto portraits of women, integrating a semi-transparant film of design and shape onto their bodies. The media mélange put-forth a series of hundreds of beautiful photographs. David Loveless’s art show, “Virtual Tattoo,”premeried art in a show at the Bareiss Gallery in October 2010.