Couse-sharp His­toric Site

Western Art Collector - - CITY FOCUS TAOS -

The 2.3-acre Couse-sharp His­toric Site includes the re­mark­ably well-pre­served home and stu­dio of Eanger Irv­ing Couse, the garden de­signed by his wife, Vir­ginia, the work­shops of his son, Kibbey, and the two stu­dios of his neigh­bor Joseph Henry Sharp. Sharp and Couse were two of the found­ing mem­bers of the Taos So­ci­ety of Artists. The site’s summer-fall exhibition in the

Luna Chapel will be Full Cir­cle: Taos Pue­blo Con­tem­po­rary, fea­tur­ing a dozen lo­cal Na­tive artists who will have their work for sale. The show runs July 7 through Novem­ber 3; they will also have five artist demon­stra­tions and lec­tures in con­junc­tion with First Satur­day open houses June through Oc­to­ber.

“The TSA was in­spired by the art of

Taos Pue­blo and a goal in their char­ter was

‘to pre­serve and pro­mote the Na­tive Art,’” says Dav­i­son Koenig, the site’s executive di­rec­tor and cu­ra­tor. “Many of the TSA artists de­vel­oped life­long friend­ships with their Na­tive mod­els and be­came strong ad­vo­cates for Na­tive rights and sovereignty. Full Cir­cle honors those re­la­tion­ships and the artists from Taos Pue­blo who con­tinue to re­de­fine Na­tive art and iden­tity.”

By May, the site will have re­freshed their per­ma­nent ro­tat­ing exhibition in Sharp’s

1915 stu­dio, J. H. Sharp: The Life and Work of an Amer­i­can Le­gend, fea­tur­ing dozens of his paint­ings, ephemera and items from his ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of Na­tive art.

146 Kit Car­son Road, Taos, NM 87571 (575) 751-0369 www.couse-sharp.org ad­min@couse-sharp.org

Joseph Henry Sharp’s 1915 Stu­dio, re­stored in 2017. Photo by Tony Don­ald­son.

Couse-sharp His­toric Site, Cot­ton­woods, Cedar and Sage – Taos Canyon, oil on can­vas, 26 x 30", by Joseph Henry Sharp (18591953). On loan from Don and Elenita Barker, pur­chased from the Robert L. Par­sons Gallery, Taos.

Couse-sharp His­toric Site, Sun­light/sun­shine, 1918, oil on can­vas, 24 x 29", by Eanger Irv­ing Couse (1866-1936). Re­cent gift of Jean Hill­man fam­ily.

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