The Harwood Museum of Art’s “Bash at The Blake” benefit auction is happening Saturday (June 24). The event will take place in Restaurant 192 at The Blake. This is the first collaboration between the hotel at Taos Ski Valley and the Harwood. The benefit for the Harwood also helps kick off the summer season events calendar at Taos Ski Valley and The Blake.
“The Harwood board of directors has been aware of The Blake art collection and the intent driving the design aesthetic throughout the property,” Steven Rose, director of hospitality at The Blake, said. “So, after we opened, they approached us with the idea. We agreed right away knowing there is an obvious correlation between the goals of the Harwood and the connection Taos Ski Valley and The Blake have to the culture and the history of Taos. The Harwood has a great group of folks working with them and we want to help support the art culture and community. This is just one way to do so.”
Silent and live auction items include a collection of historic Northern New Mexico Pueblo Indian pottery, including masterpieces by Maria Martinez and Lucy Lewis. Contemporary artworks by Robert Dean Stockwell, Ronald Davis, Paul O’Connor, Gus Foster and Larry Bell are available in the auctions. There’s also a selection of Taos Moderns works, including some by Beatrice Mandelman, Louis Ribak, Earl Stroh, Robert M. Ellis and Dorothy Brett.
The auction preview and tour of The Blake art collection will get underway at 3:30 p.m., followed by cocktails and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and entertainment by Taos Opera Institute’s Cantos de Taos will begin at 7 p.m., which will be followed by the live auction called by A.C. Weary and a “Stay at The Blake” raffle drawing. The evening rounds out with music by blues artist Jackson Price at 9 p.m.
“In addition to the bash being a fundraiser, it’s also a ‘friend-raiser’ for us,” Harwood Director of Development Sonya Davis said. “It’s an opportunity for those who love and support the Harwood to connect and reconnect with both old friends and new ones.”
Harwood board member Marcia Winter said it is “critical to involve all aspects of our community. The Harwood Museum has not had a signature fundraising event as other Taos institutions have. We wanted to do something a little different, something casual and fun. We’re hoping this will be the first of a series.”
The hotel is already noted for its display of Taos art, including Native American pottery and Taos Society of Artists paintings, along with a wide range of photo imagery honoring Taos and its history. Recently, The Blake has made new additions to its art collection, adding many more Gustave Baumann woodcut prints in the lobby and “Hills and Mesa to the West,” a 1945 landscape painting by Georgia O’Keeffe that now hangs over the lobby fireplace.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to enrich the Harwood’s ongoing programs and exhibitions. “The Harwood receives 35 percent of funding from the University of New Mexico toward our annual budget needs. We have to raise the rest. The bash is a great opportunity to celebrate the Harwood and provide critical support for the museum in challenging financial times,” Harwood Executive Director Dr. Richard Tobin said.
Winter adds that “serving on the Harwood board has been a great experience, especially at a time of so much positive growth for the museum. This new, unique fundraising event will be a fun way to close out my term on the board. … This is a major event in partnership with an important local institution supporting the arts and culture of Taos. We’re proud to be a part of it.”
Rose said he believes “this is a fabulous opportunity to show off The Blake to an audience that will be particularly appreciative and to share the vision of the renaissance we are creating – that while supporting the fundraising efforts of an important institution in the Taos art community.”
An auction preview will be open to visitors from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. through Friday (June 23) in the Preview Room at the Harwood Museum, 238 Ledoux St. in Taos. Silent auction items may be purchased at a “buy it now” price point before the Saturday “Bash at The Blake.” The Harwood assures that artworks will be replaced with additions as any of the listed preview art is purchased beforehand.
The “Stay at The Blake” raffle includes a three-night stay along with spa treatments for two at The Blake hotel. Tickets are $50 each or three for $100.
Please note: This is a ticketed event. As Tempo went to press, we learned the event is sold out. However, arrangements for remote telephone bids and/or to purchase raffle tickets can be made by calling the museum at (575) 758-9826, ext. 112.