Gala / Past Galas

  • Attendees in the art preview gallery before the Fourth Biennial Gala and Art Auction.

    Attendees in the art preview gallery before the Fourth Biennial Gala and Art Auction.

  • The Couse Foundation’s hard working Gala volunteers.

    The Couse Foundation’s hard working Gala volunteers.

  • Live auction during the Fourth Biennial Gala.

    Live auction during the Fourth Biennial Gala.

  • The bidding is getting lively.

    The bidding is getting lively.

  • Auction of Nicholas Coleman’s "The Scout."

    Auction of Nicholas Coleman’s "The Scout."

  • Auctioning of Walt Gonske’s image, "Holman Adobe."

    Auctioning of Walt Gonske’s image, "Holman Adobe."

  • Auctioning of Jerry Jordan’s image, "The Taos Magic."

    Auctioning of Jerry Jordan’s image, "The Taos Magic."

  • Stephen Zick from Christie’s working the room.

    Stephen Zick from Christie’s working the room.

  • Dean Porter’s lecture August 8, 2015, at the Harwood Museum.

    Dean Porter’s lecture August 8, 2015, at the Harwood Museum.

  • Dean Porter presenting his lecture, "TSA: The Why and the When."

    Dean Porter presenting his lecture, "TSA: The Why and the When."

  • Dean Porter presenting his lecture at the Harwood Museum.

    Dean Porter presenting his lecture at the Harwood Museum.

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:

June 10, 2017 - Peter Hassrick, Director Emeritus and Senior Scholar, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, on "The Studios of J.H. Sharp"

August 8, 2015 - Dean A. Porter, Ph.D., noted researcher, author and painter, on "Taos Society of Artists: the Why and the When"

August 31, 2013 - Byron Price, Director, Charles M. Russell Center, University of Oklahoma

September 24, 2011 - Sally King, Curator of Art for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad

October 17, 2009 - Stuart Ashman, Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs