The Stardust Gala: Auction Items

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FEEL THE pulse of the performing arts industry

Value: Priceless Unique Experience
Starting bid: $3,500

Enjoy a unique experience in New York City with our own Jonathan Winkle at the Annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) Conference.  The world’s largest networking forum and marketplace for performing arts professionals will take place in NYC the weekend of January 12-14, 2018.  Performing artists from over 30 countries convene in NYC to set the tone for the year through a myriad of showcase performances.  Be at the center of it all as Jonathan escorts you to hand-picked showcase performances where you’ll be the first to view a large roster of acts being considered for booking by PSF for the coming seasons. Enjoy a wide variety of performances by artists showing off their very best.

This experience includes:

• Two night stay at the New York Hilton Midtown Hotel, the center of the conference
• Roundtrip, coach airfare included
• Meet Jonathan at 5 pm on Saturday for dinner
• Attend a 6:00 pm showcase performance featuring select artists and a later showcase performance (or two!) also featuring select artists and an opportunity to meet agency professionals
• Travel by limousine to performance venues


EXperience georgia o’keeffe’s new mexico

Value: You get to ask all your burning questions about Georgia
Starting bid: $3,000

This unique day-into-night experience for 10 people focuses on the iconic American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her New Mexico.

This is a special opportunity to spend the afternoon with Cody Hartley, Senior Director Collections & Interpretation at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Cody will take 10 lucky individuals on a private tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu. Transportation is included.

Guests will return to Santa Fe and enjoy dinner at Restaurant Eloisa at The Drury Plaza Hotel. Chef Sedlar’s “The O’Keeffe Table” five-course Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings will be set for the 10 of you. This menu pays tribute to one of America’s greatest artists and the foods she grew and cooked at her Abiquiu home. (Gratuity not included.)

This package also includes a two-night stay for two people at The Drury Plaza Hotel, inclusive of breakfast and happy hour. Guests will also receive two beautiful keepsake books: Dinner with Georgia O’Keeffe: Recipes, Art, Landscape and Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O’Keeffe


stars of american ballet extravaganza

Value: OMG! What beautiful dancers!
Starting bid: $2,000

A memorable night out at the Ballet!

Be up front at one of Performance Santa Fe’s most anticipated annual events: a visit from venerated American dancer Daniel Ulbricht and the Stars of American Ballet. After enjoying an electrifying dance performance, you and your guests will have a private opportunity to meet the dancers and talk with them at a reception.

This ballet extravaganza includes:

• 10 front row seats to your choice of one of two performances at the Lensic.
• Private meet-and-greet reception with the dancers
• Two buffet trays for 10-20 provided by Walter Burke Catering
• Reception time and location to be mutually agreed upon and be scheduled around the performance
• All to take place in August 2018 when Stars of American Ballet perform in Santa Fe


an evening to remember: dinner, concert & meet-the-artist

Value: Your lucky guests will love you forever!
Starting bid: $2,750

As a MacArthur Fellow, multiple Grammy-Award winner, and Downbeat Magazine’s International Critic’s Poll winner, Maria Schneider is a composer and conductor of music that is beyond categorization. Tailoring her compositions to distinctly highlight the uniquely creative voices of her 18-member collective that is made up of some of the finest musician’s in jazz today, Schneider writes big band compositions with the color of a classical orchestra.

This very special evening includes:

• Dinner for 10 at the incomparable SazÓn, which has been recently recognized with a coveted Four Diamond Award from AAA. (Alcohol and gratuity included up to $500)
• 10 front row seats to the Maria Schneider Orchestra concert on Friday, March 2, 2018 at the Lensic.
• Intimate post-concert reception with Maria Schneider

a one-of-a-kind painting by tony abeyta

This piece will be revealed the night of the Gala!

Tony Abeyta is a Navajo contemporary artist working in mixed media painting. He was the 2012 recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Excellence in the Arts Award, and recognized as a Native Treasure by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. His work can be seen at the Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, and is included in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Boston Fine Arts Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, the Autry Museum in Los Angeles, and the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, as well as in many other private and public collections.

“I use many different techniques, mediums, and processes to reinforce my ideas. Although I have studied sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, I choose painting as my means of translating these ideas as well as my spiritual self onto the canvas.” —Tony Abeyta


Silent auction items

gorgeous akris scarf

Value: $900
Starting bid: $400

This luxurious scarf is by the renowned Swiss fashion house Akris which specializes in luxury goods for women.  It is of exceptionally fine wool typical of the custom-produced fabrics favored by this third generation design firm.  In sophisticated shades of deep red this is a versatile piece of the utmost quality and style.  Its approximate size is 36” by 72”.  What a gift this would make – for yourself or a loved one.

beautiful franco ferrari scarf

Value: $300
Starting bid: $150

This beautiful jewel-toned scarf by luxury fabric accessories brand Franco Ferrari of Milan is made of a fine merino wool.  With generous proportions of 48” by 60” this piece can be worn in a variety of ways.  The rich colors of the Italian fabric and the high style of the design show why Franco Ferrari is a leader in fabric accessories.  And we think the colors reflect our Peacock theme beautifully!

henry begeulin handbag

Value: $1,100
Starting bid: $500
Donated by Desert Son of Santa Fe

This stunning handbag by the Italian brand Henry Beguelin is a unique piece crafted by hand with ancient mastery.  It is a timeless piece which will always be current because it is a true expression of the brand’s low-key elegance.  The special vegetable tanned leather used in this bag and the addition of beads and thread-work are hallmarks of the brand.  This quality bag will be with you forever.

earrings by artist tia kramer

Value: $265
Starting bid: $130
Donated by Patina Gallery

In oxidized silver wire and a gorgeous blue paper these truly reflect the artist’s desire to make visible interactions between structure and movement.  They are “performative sculptures for one’s ears.”  The paper is handmade using Philippine plant fibers and treated to protect from water and abrasion.  These stunning earrings are unique and make an artistic statement.

turquoise & Silver pin

Value: $350
Starting bid: $170
Donated by Shiprock Santa Fe

This vintage Navajo silver pin is set with a single round cabochon of natural native turquoise.  Its overall shape is of a wave, inspired by a bird’s wing with swooping feathers.  It measures approximately 1” by 3 1/2”  and has chiseled stamping at its ends.  This is a quality vintage piece authenticated by the specialists at Shiprock.

five strand tourmaline necklace, vintage

Value: $1,000
Starting bid: $350
Donated by Linda Cohen

The name Tourmaline comes from the Sri Lankan words “tura mali” which translate to stone with mixed colors, certainly referring to the breathtaking color spectrum of this gemstone.  This vintage five strand necklace showcases the beauty of this stone in its shades of red, green, yellow and blue.  The stones are artfully arranged to create bands of color along its 20” length. A stunning piece!

tunic & pants by Venetian designer maria calderara

Value: $1,075
Starting bid: $500
Donated by The Cicada Collection

These two pieces were made in Italy by a small label designer of 30 years experience.  Her training as an architect is reflected in the composition of this tunic which is cleverly designed to be worn in a multitude of ways and can be dressed up or down.  The cropped wide leg taffeta pants are in a color-saturated deep blue which gorgeously complement the cobalt blue of the tunic.  These pieces are sized in a generous medium.  A beautifully chic outfit which will certainly stand out from the crowd!

untitled sculpture by les namingha

Value: $1,600
Starting bid: $700
Donated by Blue Rain Gallery

This contemporary figurative sculpture in natural clay and acrylic is by Les Namingha who is descended from an illustrious line of Native artists.  Great-grandson of legendary potter Nampeyo, he received his ceramic training at the side of his aunt, famed Hopi potter Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo. Les began participating in Santa Fe’s Indian Market in 1992 and has numerous awards including Best of Division in both traditional and non-traditional pottery and Best of Class in pottery.  Though accomplished and confident in traditional ceramics, Les continues to challenge himself in new expressive directions.

He plays with the nexus of traditional and modern, as displayed in this lovely sculpture. His work can be found in major museums across the country as well as in numerous publications.  He is represented by Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe.

This piece measures 14” high by 3” wide, and sits on a round wooden base.

moonlit garden: sculptural lidded vase

Value: $1,500
Starting bid: $500
Donated by Jim Cohen

The hallmark of Jim Cohen’s work in clay is the natural ripples and draping that he achieves in his pieces.  Their forms are so natural one almost expects to see the sculpture change shape as the clay continues to fall into place.   Each of his pieces has incredible depth and “Moonlit Garden” is no exception.  This intricately constructed lidded vase is of high-fired stoneware, glazed and with painted elements.  Jim has worked in clay for 40 years, and has shown in Santa Fe and NYC galleries.  His most recent exhibition was at Waxlander Gallery.  The piece measures approximately 13” x 10” x 8” high.

gift certificate to array santa fe

Value: $350
Starting bid: $170

Array is a modern-day mercantile, offering an ever-changing collection of objects for the home and gifting.  The owners, Tom Stark and Larry Redelin, with a distinctively crisp point of view, are always on the prowl for new treasures, so their assortment is in constant flux with fresh and interesting discoveries.  Their mission is to present a thoughtfully curated collection of objects that will captivate their customers and enrich their lives.

heritage hotels & resorts

Value: $500
Starting bid: $250

Two Night Complimentary Accommodations, and Breakfast and Dinner for two at one of these New Mexico Properties: El Monte Sagrado, Taos / Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces / Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town /Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque, and in Santa Fe: Eldorado Hotel & Spa / Hotel St. Francis / Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe / Lodge at Santa Fe

Each of the New Mexico hotels is custom-designed to tell a unique story centered around rich culture and heritage. From the serenity of the simple monastic decor at Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe to the contemporary Native American designs at Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque or the grand Spanish Colonial-themed Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, the accommodations are sure to be accompanied by a real sense of awe.

* Gift certificate accomodations are based on availability and a 21 day advance booking is required. Not available during holidays or major city events. Accomodations are based on standard room types, additional fees will apply for upgrades.

la boca—chef’s 5 course wine pairing menu

Value: $700
Starting bid: $350

Dinner for 10 guests at La Boca personally cooked by eight-time James Beard Nominee, Chef James Campbell Caruso.  Chef James will create a custom menu for you and your guests, paired with some of the finest imported wines and sherries from Spain.  You and your guests will be able to enjoy an evening of unique and seasonal tapas made just for you.   

the compound dinner for 10, inclusive of wine pairings

Value: $2,500
Starting bid: $1,300

The Compound Restaurant has a heritage rich in history and regional influences. A recognized leader in Southwestern cuisine, Chef Mark Kiffin has chosen to create and focus his menu around the true regional ingredients brought to the Southwest United States by the Spaniards. The Compound has received many local and national accolades.

four seasons resort—rancho encantado

Value: $1,500
Starting bid: $750

Two Night Stay in a King Casita and 50-Minute Spa Treatment for Two.

Located in one of the most romantic and adventurous locations, Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado offers a one-of-a-kind luxury getaway in the heart of New Mexico. The 65 room jewel box combines the service excellence of Four Seasons—a spa featuring regionally inspired treatments, a restaurant featuring local influences and ingredients, exclusive access to adventure and nature—with the intimacy of a boutique hotel.  This package includes a two night stay in a king casita for two and two 50-minute spa treatments.  This includes tax, however, excludes gratuities.  Any charges incurred beyond the value of this certificate are the responsibility of the guest.

dinner for 6 at la posada

Value: $500
Starting bid: $250

Experience upscale dining with regionally-inspired fare and tapas crafted by new Executive Chef Jon Jerman. Over the past two decades, Jerman has sharpened his award-winning culinary skills at some of the most prestigious resorts in the country including the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia, the Harbor View Hotel in Martha’s Vineyard and the Sonnenalp Resort & Spa in Vail.  His epicurean expertise is evident in every carefully crafted dish at each of the restaurants and bars at La Posada. (Alcohol and gratuities not included.)

four course tasting menu with wine pairing for 8 at the rosewood inn of the anasazi

Value: $2,000
Starting bid: $1,000

Inspired by Santa Fe’s rich cultural and culinary history, Executive Chef Edgar Beas’ menus fuse old world techniques with modern, innovative recipes and artful plating. The dishes fully embrace the Inn’s Southwestern and native heritage and are consistently changing and adapting to reflect the freshest, most seasonal local ingredients. This truly special dinner will take place in the Inn’s private wine cellar (pictured above) where you will be served the Chef’s Tasting Menu with Wine Pairings. (Wines and gratuity included.)

dinner for 2 at geronimo

Value: $200
Starting bid: $100

In its celebrated 22 years, Geronimo has established a reputation as the place to dine in Santa Fe.  Tradition and innovation merge this Canyon Road legend, where simplicity and understatement reign.  New Mexico’s only Mobil Four Star and AAA Four Diamond-rated restaurant. (Alcohol and gratuity not included.)

a certificate to paloma restaurant

Value: $225
Starting bid: $120

With this dinner certificate in the amount of $225, you can book Table 21 (accommodates six to 10) and be seated at the large corner table in this exciting new restaurant.  Paloma was opened recently on Guadalupe Street by well known Santa Fe chef Marja Martin.  People are talking about Paloma: A Vibrant Mexican Kitchen & Bar.  Try it!!!