Gala 2019


Thank you to all the gala attendees, participating auction artists, board members, and volunteers that made our 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 look forward to our Seventh Biennial Gala on Saturday, June 12, 2021!


Live Auction

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.

Represented artists:
- 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)

See live auction art images here.

Photos courtesy of Tony Donaldson
Auctioneer Alissa Ford of Heritage Auctions and spotter Scott Hale of SouthWest Appraisals coordinate Gala bidding on Cara Romero’s photo.

Silent Auction
Included carefully curated items such as smaller paintings, prints, gift certificates, books, Native pottery, and more. 
Represented artists:

- 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)

See silent auction art images here.

From left, Intern Michelle Lanteri, Jeannie Price, Byron Price, Leslie Baker (with back to camera), Michael Grauer, and Erland Bergen discuss the upcoming art auction in the venue foyer.

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.

Photos courtesy of Tony Donaldson

Charles Sands in his John Farnsworth-painted hard hat at the Friday evening “Hard Hat Tour” and reception in the forthcoming Lunder Research Center building.

Other Events

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. 

Harry Pritchett, Janet Pritchett, and Foundation President Rich Rinehart watch Dr. Dean Porter sign one of his books on the art of Walter Ufer. Book signings by Porter, Marie Watkins, and Virginia Couse Leavitt enriched the weekend.

Archivist and Collections Manager Marissa Hendriks hangs a Rolshoven painting as part of the mini-exhibition of donated and promised Taos Society of Artists works during the Friday “hard hat tour" in the former Mission Gallery building.  Interior demolition has been completed and final architectural drawings and planning are in progress in preparation for letting of construction contracts for The Lunder Research Center.

• Saturday, June 15, 10-11 a.m.  – “So me for the North and snow!”: Joseph Henry Sharp’s MontanaLecture by Dr. Marie Watkins at the Harwood Museum of Art. 

Photos courtesy of Tony Donaldson

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, sponsored by The Couse Foundation. It was a sold-out lecture and drew rave reviews on both scholarly content and entertainment value.

• Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – 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. 

Photos courtesy of Tony Donaldson

From left, Mary Cummings, Carol Ann Olson, TCF Founder Al Olson, and Adele Ward enjoyed the sunny evening and a paella repast at the Friday reception.

Sherrie McGraw, new Foundation board member Tim Newton, and Jennifer Bartlett enjoy libations and live music on the patio on Gala evening.

David Norden, Trisha Fong, Lara Brown, Shaun Richel, and Josh Rose were part of the scintillating sellout crowd at the Saturday evening reception, auctions, and dinner.


Proceeds from all events benefited The Couse Foundation and Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

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Thayer Carter, Artist Palette, Limited Edition Woodcut