Gala / 2017 Gala


Couse Foundation celebration weekend draws hundreds

In June, 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.

Gala 2017 photo gallery

Lecture and Sharp Studio opening gallery

Gala Sponsors | Heritage Hotels | Robert L. Parsons Fine Art | Sotheby's


Thayer Carter | "Artist Palette" | Exclusive Limited Edition Woodcut | A tour of Couse's studio at the site resulted in an image to represent the era of the Taos Society of Artists and the popular practice of plein air painting | available for purchase through the Foundation

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Thayer Carter, Artist Palette, Limited Edition Woodcut