Koshare Art Collection
During the grand opening over half of a century ago, several thousand people came by to see the new building and view an exhibition of a dozen paintings by Indian artist Woody Crumbo. "After the show we were counting the money donated by the visitors," Buck said. "I suggested we pay some of our bills but one of the kids said wouldn't it be nice if we could buy one of Mr. Crumbo's paintings for the museum. So right then and there we decided to earmark money from our donations and proceeds from the pop machine for an art collection. Trouble is our stuff is scattered all over town now because we've run out of space." Unfortunately, many lie out of sight in storage vaults for protection.
The Koshare Indian Museum houses the largest collection of Ernesto Zepeda paintings and the second largest collection of Joseph Imhof artwork. However, to Buck and the Koshares the museum is much more than a store house of artwork, it is a reminder of the friends made along their journey.
Taos Society of Artists
The Taos Society of Artists was essentially a sales cooperative. At the time that the Society was formed, on July 15 1915, Taos was a very isolated small New Mexican community, without art galleries and without a major art buying clientele.
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