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2019 GALA & ART AUCTION WEEKEND
Thank you to all the gala attendees, participating auction artists, board members, and volunteers that made our 2019 gala a fantastic success. More than 200 guests enjoyed an elegant evening at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos, including cocktail reception, silent auction, live auction, dinner in a tent on the lawn, and musical entertainment and dancing.
We were fortunate to again welcome Alissa Ford from Heritage Auctions as our auctioneer for an impressive selection of Western and regional art, both historic and contemporary.
- William Acheff (painting) - E. Martin Hennings (print)
- Jozef Bakos (painting) - Marie Romero Cash (altar screen)
- Randy LaGro (painting) - Cara Romero (photograph)
- Kang Cho (painting) - Sheldon Harvey (wood sculpture)
- Glenn Dean (painting) - Ira Lujan & Kacey Jones (glass sculpture)
- Logan Maxwell Hagege (painting) - Brett Allen Johnson (painting)
- Jerry Jordan (painting) - Gene Kloss (watercolor)
- Barbara Latham (painting) - Jivan Lee (painting)
- Nicholas Coleman (painting) - Donald Barton (painting)
- Ed Smida (bronze sculpture)
Included carefully curated items such as smaller paintings, prints, gift certificates, books, Native pottery, and more.
- O.E. Berninghaus (paper bas-relief) - Derek No-Sun Brown (drawing)
- Arturo Chavez (painting) - Geoffrey Lasko (lithograph)
- Angie Coleman (woodblock print) - Earl Stroh (lithograph)
- Medicine Man Gallery (book) - Jeremy Landau (photograph)
- Gene Kloss (intaglio) - Phil Epp (painting)
- Dustin Leavitt (mixed media) - McTague Appraisers (appraisal gift certificate)
- Jocelyn Martinez (scratchboard) - Jody Naranjo (Pueblo pottery)
- Dean Porter (watercolor) - C. S. Talley (painting)
- Historic Pueblo pottery - Aaron Garlick (portrait gift certificate)
- Carla Bogdanoff (weaving) - Barbara Sparks (photograph & book)
- Chloe Gaillard (painting) - Edward S. Curtis (two photo prints)
- Armond Lara (watercolor study)
Custom Cowboy Hardhats
A special silent auction feature this year was an array of cowboy-hat-style hardhats decorated on commission by Derek No-Sun Brown, John Farnsworth, Susan Folwell, Chloe Gaillard, Jerry Jordan, and Ed Sandoval.
Throughout Gala weekend, visitors enjoyed other exciting events:
• Friday, June 14, 5-7 p.m. – Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception with “hardhat tours” of our future museum facility that includes The Lunder Research Center. Book signing events with scholars of the Taos Society of Artists. Opening of temporary exhibition Joseph Henry Sharp's Montana in the 1915 Sharp Studio.
• Saturday, June 15: The morning of June 15 Dr. Marie Watkins presented “So me for the North and snow!”: Joseph Henry Sharp’s Montana at the Harwood Museum of Art. It was a sold-out lecture and drew rave reviews on both scholarly content and entertainment value.
• Sunday, June 16: Special CSHS open house with book launch of Eanger Irving Couse: The Life and Times of an American Artist, 1866-1936, the definitive biography of Couse by his granddaughter Virginia Couse Leavitt; sneak preview of temporary exhibition Taos Pueblo Portraiture: The Photographic Studies of E. I. Couse in the site’s 1835 Luna Chapel, and the permanent rotating exhibition J. H. Sharp: The Life and Work of an American Legend, refreshed this season with artwork, ephemera, and objects from his personal collection.
Proceeds from all events benefited The Couse Foundation and Couse-Sharp Historic Site.
2017 Couse Foundation celebration weekend drew hundreds
Gala Sponsors | Heritage Hotels | Robert L. Parsons Fine Art | Sotheby's
In June 2017, The Couse Foundation hosted a whirlwind weekend of activities including dedication of a monument thanking our founders and the grand opening of the restored J. H. Sharp Studio, crowned by our Fifth Biennial Gala and Art Auction the evening of June 10.
“We are delighted with the enriching and enjoyable experience we were able to provide to hundreds of art lovers,” said Davison Packard Koenig, the Foundation’s executive director and curator.
“In addition, the Gala proved to be our most successful fundraising event ever. We are deeply grateful to the artists and businesses who made our auctions the talk of the town, to our many dedicated volunteers, and to our generous bidders and donors,” Koenig said.
The public festivities began Friday evening with the preview opening of the J. H. Sharp Studio: The Life and Work of an American Legend, a permanent rotating exhibition in the just-restored 1915 studio. The exhibition covers Sharp’s artistic career and includes works of art, correspondence, and Native American artifacts that he collected and which appeared in his paintings.
Saturday morning, a standing-room-only crowd at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos enjoyed a lecture on The Studios of J. H. Sharp. Peter Hassrick, director emeritus and senior scholar at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, regaled attendees with fascinating stories of the artist’s process.
The gala evening of elegance at El Monte Sagrado Resort featured a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, silent and live auctions, and a gourmet dinner and dancing with music by the Jimmy Stadler Band. More than two dozen participating artists included Tony Abeyta, Maura Allen, Clyde Aspevig, Arturo Chavez, Josh Elliott, Victor Goler, Logan Maxwell Hagege, Jerry Jordan, Ben Pease, Kevin Red Star and Ed Smida. The Couse Foundation was fortunate to have Alissa Ford, director of Western Art at Heritage Auctions, as auctioneer.
On Sunday, Taos Mayor Dan Barrone cut the ribbon for the grand opening of the Sharp Studio. Dozens of guests from the local and regional community had the opportunity to see the new jewel among the many gems of Taos history and art.
Many thanks to Tony Donaldson for donating his time, energy, and expertise as the Foundation's official photographer at the weekend's events. All the photos in the following galleries are credited to Tony Donaldson.
Lecture and Sharp Studio opening gallery
The Couse Foundation biennial gala and art auction has been held at El Monte Sagrado in Taos since 2009. In addition, we have hosted prestigious lecturers the same weekend as the gala for the entertainment and edification of our guests. Our speakers have been:
2019 – Marie Watkins, PhD, presented “So me for the North and snow!”: Joseph Henry Sharp’s Montana
2017 - Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, on "The Studios of J.H. Sharp"
2015 - Dean A. Porter, Ph.D., noted researcher, author and painter, on "Taos Society of Artists: the Why and the When"
2013 - Byron Price, Director, Charles M. Russell Center, University of Oklahoma
2011 - Sally King, Curator of Art for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad
2009 - Stuart Ashman, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs