Millicent Unplugged: A Virtual Panel Discussion Series

Introducing the 2021 Virtual Panel Discussion Series from the Millicent Rogers Museum:

Millicent Unplugged will feature panel discussions on topics of cultural and art interest. Modeled after the “salons” of the past, artists and community members will join in lively, informed, honest, and homespun conversations. These live discussions will be on the Zoom platform with audience engagement through the chat feature.

The series is planned and facilitated through the MRM Education department with volunteer artist, photographer, and publisher, Sara Frances For information or to suggest a discussion topic, contact Karen Chertok, Director of Education, at

2022 Millicent Unplugged schedule:

The West is Our Muse: A Literary Conversation

 Thursday, February 3, 2022 6-7PM

This live panel discussion features a literary conversation with MRM guest panelists and award winning authors J Michael Orenduff, The Pot Thief mysteries ; Corinne Joy Brown, Hidden Star, Come and Get It!; and Randy McNair, #BarPoets series. Join Karen and Sara as they welcome MRM guests in a conversation about regional inspiration in the writing of the West.

About the Panelists:

J Michael Orenduff

Mike Orenduff grew up in a house so close to the Rio Grande that he could Frisbee a tortilla into Mexico. He spent much of his youth on the banks of the Rio Grande and in the mountains of the Gila Wilderness where his family owned a summer cabin. He earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of New Mexico and later served as president of New Mexico State University. Mike and his wife – the noted art historian Lai Chew Orenduff (author of A Scenic Tour of Modern Art and The Transformation of Catholic Religious Art in the Twentieth Century) – have lived and taught in New Mexico (Jemez Springs, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces), in 9 other states, and in 4 other countries. The Pot Thief books have won many national awards, including the “Lefty” for best Humorous Mystery of the year. But the awards that mean the most to him are his four New Mexico Book of the Year awards.

Corinne Joy Brown

Corinne freelances for a variety of print publications, including “Colorado Expression” magazine, “Cowboys & Indians”, “Western Art & Architecture”, “Colorado Life” and others. She was formerly a staff writer for “Working Ranch” magazine, “True West” and “Persimmon Hill”, the publication of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma.

Since, 2015, Corinne  has been the editor-in chief of "HaLapid," the semi-annual magazine of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, a secular, academic organization committed to the study of the forcefully converted Iberian Jews of the Middle Ages and their global descendants.

Corinne’s Awesome Art Projects for Horse Lovin’ Kids is a 2021 Colorado Independent Publishers Associaton EVVY award winning book. Her current focus is on middle grade readers.

Randy McNair

Randall described by his inner circle as Poet Laureate of the Absurd, spent the better part of a decade drinking himself silly at the Swinging Door Saloon in Tustin, California. While there, he was inspired to put pen to paper by a combination of Charles Bukowski, Billy Collins, Sharon Olds & the muse at large.  His Poetry CV includes a BA in English (Creative Writing) from CSU Long Beach in 2002, the 2002 Key West Literary Seminar’s Advanced Poetry Workshop with Sharon Olds, the 2009 Key West Literary Seminar’s Advanced Poetry Workshop with Billy Collins and the 2019 Southampton Writers Conference 10-day Advanced Poetry Workshop also with Billy Collins.  McNair’s work has been published in both American and Canadian literary journals. He lives in Alameda, California, with his wife and young son.


Millicent Unplugged: HANDLE with CARE: Stewardship of Indigenous Art in Your Home

Please view the recorded discussion here.




Indigenous Foodways

Friend and caterer to the museum, Chef Karin Snowflower, of Taos Pueblo, and Jicarilla Apache potter, Shelden Nuñez-Velarde will join Karen and Sara to embark on a discussion of the fusion of art, earth, food, and culture. Chef Karin specializes in a fusion of French pastries with traditional native ingredients and prepares such stellar offerings as bison empañadas and squash cheesecake with chokecherry sauce. Shelden draws on the legacy of his ancestors to bring forth a merging of function and beauty in creating traditional micaceous bean pots and other vessels intended to infuse the culinary experience with a deep sense of Southwest history.

Check out the recorded discussion here.


Dias de Los Muertos " Day of the Dead"

Sugar Saints, Sweets and Marigolds

October 7, 2021


 Homage to Jim Wagner: Hippie Cool to Hip Waders

Friends of the late Jim Wagner, beloved and legendary Taos artist (1940-2021), will join in this discussion to share memories, reminiscences, laughter and a fishing story or two. Join Karen and Sara as the MRM welcomes acclaimed adventure writer, Peter Heller, and gallery owners Max Jones and Tony Walker. Recorded link below.

View the Unplugged  Homage to Jim Wagner here.