Millicent Rogers Museum hosts popular Turquoise Gala

By Tempo staff
Posted 7/31/19

The Turquoise Gala is one of the biggest events on the Millicent Rogers Museum calendar. Among the art exhibits and special events, the institution on the hill above El Prado hosts …

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Millicent Rogers Museum hosts popular Turquoise Gala


The Turquoise Gala is one of the biggest events on the Millicent Rogers Museum calendar. In among the art exhibits and special events, the institution on the hill above El Prado hosts the highly popular gala to raise essential funds in support of the museum.

This year's event starts Friday (Aug. 2) at 3:30 p.m. at El Monte Sagrado Resort, 317 Kit Carson Road. Visitors can enjoy light hors d'oeuvres while they listen to a fascinating presentation on the "History of Turquoise" by Dr. Frances Joan Mathien, who has been researching Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico for nearly 30 years and is retired from the National Park Service.

Mathien has produced considerable research on the use of turquoise. She worked on the Chaco Project analyzing ornaments and minerals and was editor for many of the project's publications. She is researching the Chaco field schools conducted from 1929-1942 and 1947, and will discuss how prehistoric Native people in the Southwest used gems and minerals for beads, pendants and mosaic pieces; known sources for some of the minerals; possible trade relationships that moved goods between different cultural groups; and the continuity of the gems' use into the present.

The museum will also host a Turquoise Gala Preview Party that day beginning at 5 p.m., also at El Monte Sagrado. Enjoy music, a photo booth, hors d'oeuvres and a hosted bar while previewing the live and silent auction, according to a press release.

Proxy bids will be accepted for live auction items and all silent auction pieces may be purchased in advance of the gala. All Turquoise Gala patrons, sponsors, ticket holders and auction donors receive complimentary admission to the preview party. Guests who are unable to attend the gala but would still like to support the museum are encouraged to purchase tickets to the Turquoise Gala Preview Party.

Individual tickets may be purchased for $40; $35 for museum members, and are only available online at, by phone at (575) 758-2462, in the Museum Store and at the door the night of the event. The museum is also offering a combination ticket for $70; $60 for members, to attend both the History of Turquoise lecture and the Turquoise Gala Preview Party.

At 5 p.m., Saturday (Aug. 3), the Turquoise Gala will commence at El Monte Sagrado. It will feature a live and silent auction, dinner by Chef Cristina Martínez and music by Chris Arellano and Nuevo Americana. David Anderson, a local jeweler, created a his and hers jewelry set for this event that will be raffled off to attendees. Anderson is the grandson of Claude J.K. and Elizabeth Anderson, who donated their home in El Prado to the museum in 1968. Anderson has also recreated several of Millicent Rogers' own jewelry designs for the museum store and has won the Best Jewelry category in the People's Choice Awards at the museum's annual Miniatures Show and Sale for several years.

Led by auctioneer Alissa Ford from Heritage Auctions, the benefit will include works by Bill Acheff, Margaret Nes, Tony Abeyta, Albert Looking Elk Martinez, Ira Lujan, Anderson Kee, Melinda Littlejohn, Walt Gonske and Pop Chalee.

Several notable items featured in the auction include a trip to Portugal, items from the estates of Millicent Rogers and Clark Funk, vintage and contemporary Southwest jewelry, textiles from the Historic Toadlena Trading Post and more.

Individual tickets to the Turquoise Gala are $185 and may be purchased online at, by phone at (575) 758-2462 or in the Museum Store. No tickets will be sold at the door or the day of the event. For a list of patron and sponsorship opportunities, visit the website.

This event is made possible by all museum donors, sponsors and New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Millicent Rogers Museum and Museum Store is located at 1504 Millicent Rogers Road, El Prado. Call (575) 758-2462.


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