Gifts from the Es­tate of Clark Funk dis­trib­uted to lo­cal non­prof­its

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS -

Seven months af­ter Taos res­i­dent Clark B. Funk died, Her­itage Trust Com­pany of New Mex­ico has an­nounced that the gifts of his real es­tate and sub­stan­tial art col­lec­tion have all been dis­trib­uted and that a char­i­ta­ble trust has been es­tab­lished to ad­min­is­ter the residue of his es­tate un­der the terms of his will.

Funk’s res­i­dence and per­sonal prop­erty, val­ued at over

$400,000, was be­queathed to the Taos Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion.

For decades Funk owned and op­er­ated the pop­u­lar Don Fer­nando Cu­rio & Gift Shop in the Taos Plaza. He left a sub­stan­tial gift of coins, jew­elry and Na­tive Amer­i­can art, ap­praised at $193,900 to the Mil­li­cent Rogers Mu­seum.

The Har­wood Mu­seum was be­queathed paint­ings and a cash do­na­tion, to­tal­ing over


Ac­cord­ing to Alexan­dra Ben­jamin, Har­wood gov­ern­ing board chair, the Har­wood’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion has been en­riched by works from the trust, which in­clude such artists as Larry Bell, Emil Bist­tram, Mi­chio Takayama and R.C. El­lis, as well as other highly no­table New Mex­i­can artists.

“We look for­ward to shar­ing Clark’s mean­ing­ful gift with the com­mu­nity,” said Ben­jamin.

Taos His­toric Mu­se­ums re­ceived $100,000 to es­tab­lish an en­dow­ment fund to be used for re­plas­ter­ing the Martinez Ha­cienda.

The Taos Fire De­part­ment, Mil­li­cent Rogers, DreamTree Pro­ject and Stray Hearts each re­ceived cash gifts of $10,000.

The residue of Funk’s es­tate was left in trust to be dis­trib­uted over the next 20 years to DreamTree Pro­ject, Har­wood Mu­seum, Mil­li­cent Rogers Mu­seum, Taos Fire De­part­ment, Taos His­toric Mu­se­ums, Taos Land Trust and Stray Hearts. The Mon­taner Char­i­ta­ble Trust has been es­tab­lished to over­see those dis­tri­bu­tions and to sup­port those or­ga­ni­za­tions as needed.

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