Charles Strong’s subtle influence touched just about every facet of the arts community in Taos, and as a person his friendship was valued for its warmth and humanity. He was one of those people for whom there were no boundaries of class, community or stature. But, most of all, he made a difference here.
Strong died from a brain hemorrhage Sunday (July 28). His wife, Lyn Bleiler, said he suffered a stroke two weeks ago and had been moved from Holy Cross Hospital to the Taos Living Center.
In an article for Tempo Magazine in November 2009, on the occasion of an exhibition of his artwork at Hulse/Warman Gallery here, Strong said he considered himself a product of the American West. “I used to come here (to Taos) as a kid. I was