August 2016 Newsletter
Letter from the Director
August in New Mexico means lots of flowers, sunshine, and beautiful afternoon rainstorms.  It also means gala season in Taos, and we have been working hard to get our live and silent auction items looking great!  Our Turquoise Gala Auction Preview Show opened just a few days ago, and we have some truly amazing offerings this year.  All of our live and silent auction works are currently on view as part of this exhibit, which provides a great opportunity to scope out our selection before our Turquoise Gala on August 20th.  Both our live and silent auctions include works from the Frank Waters estate, and one of the highlights of our live auction is a Zuni turquoise ring once owned by Millicent Rogers.  If you can't make it to the exhibit, you can view all of our auction items on our gala website.  I have also been posting about many of the auction pieces on my director's blog if you want to learn even more, and visitors to our Turquoise Gala Auction Preview Show are encouraged to pick up a complimentary copy of our gallery guide to read about all the talented contemporary and historic artists in our show and how they relate to the MRM.  For example, we are including eight Santa Fe Indian School style artworks from the Frank Waters estate that are comparable to works in our Santa Fe Indian School Style exhibit.  Another advantage to seeing our Preview Show is that you can buy any of our silent auction items early for the retail estimate plus ten percent. If anything catches your eye at the Preview Show or on our gala website but you can't attend the gala, just call me at 575.758.2462 ext. 205 or send me an email at and I'll be happy to arrange a substitute bidder.  Keep checking both my blog and the gala website as we'll be posting updates about auction items and the Turquoise Gala, and be sure to order your tickets by August 10th so we can get everything ready for the Best Party in Taos.  See you at the museum!     
Millicent Rogers Museum's
2016 Turquoise Gala
To be held Saturday, August 20th
At the Sagebrush Inn & Convention Center

Tickets are $150 per person and include dinner, drinks, live entertainment, and exclusive bidding on featured auction items.
To purchase your seats visit our website or call 575.758.2462.

We are very pleased to announce that the live auction portion of the gala will feature items from the Millicent Rogers and Frank Waters estates as well as works by Tony Abeyta, Gene Kloss, Ned Jacob, Ira Lujan, Bill Acheff, Star York, Mark Asmus, Percy Sandy, Maria Martinez, Jerry Jordan, Michael and Causandra Dukepoo, Yatika Fields, Awa Tsireh, Quincy Tahoma, Otis Polelonema,and more!

Silent auction items include historic textiles, pottery, jewelry, lodging at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, ski passes from Taos Ski Valley, and a variety of restaurant and local business gift cards as well as artworks from Lenny Foster, Joseph Henry Sharp, and the Frank Waters estate.

Check out the Turquoise Gala Auction Preview Show or visit our gala website for more information on auction items!

Be sure to get your dancing shoes ready because Robert Parsons, our featured auctioneer, is bringing his band Lonesome Town as the evening's entertainment. The Turquoise Gala will certainly prove to be a night full of dinner, dancing, fine wine, and fun! 
If you are interested in learning more about the gala, featured auction items, and the various museum programs funded by the event, please visit our website or follow our blog.
Ongoing and Upcoming Exhibits
Santa Fe Indian School Style:
Works on Paper
Museum Lobby and Gallery 1

As part of the museum’s mission of sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the Southwest, this exhibition, Santa Fe Indian School Style: Works on Paper makes an expansive collection of paintings from the museum’s archive available to the public for the first time.  The museum also strives to continue the legacies of its namesake and founder by supporting the local communities and artistic traditions represented in the permanent collection.  As a result, the Millicent Rogers Museum is collaborating with Art Palacios, the current Visual Arts Director at the Santa Fe Indian School.  Throughout the duration of the show, the exhibition will highlight a new work each month by current students of the school, and this month we are featuring Ciera Concha.  Stop by the museum to see these amazing works in person!

Visit our event calendar for more information.

Turquoise Gala Auction Preview
Galleries 9 & 10

Millicent as Visionary
Galleries 12 & 15

The Supernaturals: Contemporary Katsinas from the Collection
Gallery 14
Opening September 1st! 
Crossing Paths: Beadwork from the Millicent Rogers Museum and E. Irving Couse Collections
This exhibit explores the history of beadwork as a trade item in the region and its influences on local artists.  More information will be available soon.
Millicent Rogers Museum's
2016 Travel Program
The Millicent Rogers Museum will be sponsoring two different trips this year:  “On the Trail of the Anasazi: Four Corners Archaeology for Non-Archaeologists” September 10 – 16, 2016 and “On the Trail of the Hopi” October 15 – 21, 2016.
“On the Trail of the Anasazi” will include guided visits to Ancestral Puebloan ruins at Chaco Canyon and Aztec, New Mexico, Chimney Rock and Mesa Verde, Colorado, Newspaper Rock and Hovenweep, Utah and The Anasazi Heritage Center in Cortez, Colorado and the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding, Utah. Participants will learn about the ancient culture of the Four Corners area and the beautiful art and buildings these amazing people left behind.
“On the Trail of the Hopi” will include visits to the Ancestral Hopi sites of Homolovi, Walnut Canyon and Wupatki, as well as three days in Hopi visiting villages and the Taawa Canyon petroglyph site, the largest rock art site in the Southwest.  Many of these locations are accessible only with a Hopi guide.  The trip will also include lectures and a katsina carving demonstration and pottery firing.
“The trips the museum has run the past two years have been hugely successful and we now have a core group of wonderful people who have been traveling with us since the program began,” said tour leader Nancy Colvert.  “We’re sure participants will not only learn a lot, but also have a great time.”
For complete itineraries for these trips, please check the museum store or click here for more information and trip reading lists. To make reservations or if you have questions, please call the Museum Store at (575) 758-4316. 

Reservations for two for the trip to Hopi will also be included as one of our featured silent auction items.  Visit our Turquoise Gala Auction Preview Show or our gala website for more information.
MRM Store
Are you signed up for one of the MRM trips or are you just in need of some new summer reading? The MRM Store features summer reading lists to prepare for the trips to Hopi and Chaco or to simply read up on Southwest art and history.  Frank Waters' Book of the Hopi​ comes highly recommended as his personal art collection will be featured at this year's Turquoise Gala. Many items in the store can also be purchased online
Members receive a 10% discount on all books!
Help the MRM Continue to be the
Best Museum in Taos!
The Millicent Rogers Museum was founded 60 years ago by Millicent Rogers' son Paul Peralta-Ramos to honor his mother and showcase her extraordinary collection of Southwest art. The museum was established as a non-profit cultural institution and has grown and thrived with the help of friends like you. Through your support, we have recently been awarded the Best Museum in Taos for the third year in a row!  In order to continue to care for our fabulous collection and contribute to the local Taos community, we rely on dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and supporters, such as yourself.  
Here are some ways you can help:
As always, we are grateful for your support!
Spotlight on Our Volunteers!
Although the staff of the MRM works very hard to plan our Turquoise Gala, we would be completely lost if not for the hours upon hours of help from our volunteers.  This month, we would like to acknowledge two of our star volunteers for the invaluable commitment of their time, energy, and superb talents.  

Channing Everidge has been helping prepare packing materials for the gala for the past week.  These materials are used when we carefully transport all of the live and silent auction items from the museum to the Sagebrush Inn, the site of our Turquoise Gala.  They will also be used behind the scenes the evening of the gala when a team of volunteers will be busy packing up all of the purchased artworks so that the lucky auction winners can take them home right away.  Channing's mother, Angie Spady, volunteers at our admissions desk, and she credits her mother for her love of art and her interest in the Millicent Rogers Museum.  Channing is visiting Taos from Kentucky, and will soon be on her way back to school at the College of William and Mary where she is studying psychology and minoring in art history.  As a psychology major, she describes herself as "analytically minded" and passionate about mental health awareness. In that regard, her favorite piece in the gala is the vibrant and colorful Rod Goebel portrait of Frank Waters, which is perhaps an unconscious influence considering that Waters was highly inspired by writings on analytical psychology. She has visited museums all over the world, and likes the MRM because "the museum seeks to show how cultures meld together."  Millicent Rogers' inspiring story is also of interest to Channing because although Rogers came from a different background, she became deeply involved in the local Native American and Hispanic culture. We are so pleased to have such a brilliant and fascinating volunteer helping us prepare for the big event!

Our next featured volunteer is Michael Dukepoo (Hopi/Yaqui/Laguna Pueblo).  Michael and his wife Causandra (Taos Pueblo) have been making jewelry together for the past twenty years and created the beautiful bracelet pictured above specifically for our Turquoise Gala. They use all-natural stones in their work and prefer to incorporate a variety of colors in order to make their pieces distinct and more meaningful.  The interlocking design incised on the interior of the cuff is inspired by an old Laguna Pueblo pottery design that Michael encountered, and you can see similar designs in the MRM's permanent collection of Pueblo pottery.  In addition to donating his work to our gala, Michael and Causandra participate in our annual Miniature Show and Taos Pueblo Show and Sale, and Michael helps out at the museum wherever he is needed, such as parking cars at special events, painting walls, moving cases, and installing exhibits.  One of the many reasons Michael enjoys supporting the MRM is that it "specializes in a variety of traditional and contemporary art forms from northern New Mexico, hosts community days and artists' presentations, and has its doors open to everyone."  

At the MRM, we are always inspired by the dynamic talents and insights of our volunteers.  If you would like to join this amazing team, contact Carmela Quinto at
The Millicent Rogers Museum is proud to announce that we are joining over 2,000 museums across the country in saying thank you to our active duty military by offering free admission for our troops and their families.  Military families experience long periods of separation due to deployments, and the Blue Star Museums program provides activities and opportunities for these families to reconnect.  This program is available from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and includes free admission for all active duty military and up to five family members.  If you would like to learn more about this program or register your institution as a Blue Star Museum, click here.
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