Sweetheart Auction 2023
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Item #01

Guided Fly Fishing for Two at the Incomparable Soaring Eagle Lodge

Donated by Soaring Eagle Lodge

Value: $1,800 (excludes guide gratuity)

Thrill to lodging and all meals for two nights and one day of fly fishing (wade or float) on the famous San Juan River in northern New Mexico.  You will be prepped and guided by one of Soaring Eagle’s top-rated guides.  Your cabin offers a great view of the Crow’s Foot stretch of the San Juan River.  With two professional chefs on staff, you can’t help but have a memorable and fabulous experience.  Expires 2/11/24.

Item #02

Chef’s Dinners for Six at Sazón and Sassella

Donated by Sassella and Lawrence & Suzanne Becerra

Value: $1,800 (excludes alcohol, tax, and gratuities)

These two restaurants are standouts in Santa Fe’s high-end restaurant scene.  Chef Fernando Olea of Sazón is the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef of the Southwest for 2022.  His unique interpretation of contemporary and traditional Mexican cuisine is justifiably famous. Chef Cristian Pontiggia grew up in Sassella in Lombardy in northern Italy.  The Italian government recognizes him as a master chef.

You and five guests will be treated to a gastronomic delight at each of these exceptional and prominent restaurants.  Expires 10/6/23.

Item #03

A Rolling Party on the Sky Railway Acoma Car for 24!

Donated by Sky Railway LLC, Nacha Mendez, Open Kitchen, and Bunny Terry & Toby Anderson

Value: $5,250

Board the train and party on down the line – your private charter on the Acoma Car of the Sky Railway awaits! Enjoy the same luxury as some of the previous passengers – Judy Garland, Clark Gable, and Jack Benny! Your party will ride in the air-conditioned Acoma with its curved couches and original art deco furnishings along with a private bar for mixing and mingling. The excursion will include some of Santa Fe’s most beautiful scenery south of town, including a stop to see the sunset! Plus, there will be entertainment by award-winning pan-Latin-style singer Nacha Mendez, delicious snack boxes by Open Kitchen, and two rounds of drinks per guest. Invite 23 of your friends to enjoy the scenery with you! Subject to availability. Expires 12/31/23.

Item #04

“Beacon of Light”, Healing with Heart Oil and Encaustic Wood-Panel Painting by Andrea Bonfils and Marcia Shaffer

Donated by Andrea Bonfils

Value: $7,900

Healing with Heart is a new initiative of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, which pairs an artist with a cancer patient or survivor to create a work of art that tells a story of determination, hope, and inspiration about the journey through cancer.

The title of this piece describes the late Marcia Shaffer and captures the energy generated by her hope and positivity.  It reflects the moments of dark, light, pain, and pleasure that she and the artist agreed lead to a true balance.  As Marcia said, “We all want to be important in our lives, leave a legacy, or make an impact.” 

Andrea Bonfils is an artist with a master’s degree in clinical social work.  She uses a wide range of materials including found objects, photography, and encaustic wax to create works that investigate the convergence of nature and humanity.

“Beacon of Light” is 36.5” h x 80.5” w x 1.75” d framed (floater frame).

Item #05

Two-Night Stay for Two at the Beautiful Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Tesuque

Donated by Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado

Value: $4,300 (excluding alcohol and gratuities)

Luxuriate in a two-night stay for two at one of Santa Fe’s premier resorts, the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado.  Enjoy daily breakfast, dinner for two at the marvelous Terra Restaurant, and a 50-minute spa treatment for two.  Expires 2/11/24.  Advance reservations required and must be Sunday-Thursday only.

Item #06

Napa Valley Wine Tasting Trip for Two

Donated by Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection, Frank Family Vineyards, Pride Mountain Vineyards, The Duckhorn Portfolio, and Bunny Terry & Toby Anderson

Value: $6,365

This is the ultimate package for wine lovers!  Stay for three nights in a king studio at the luxurious Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection in Calistoga, CA.  Enjoy a complimentary daily breakfast and be sure to make time for your couples signature Mudslide Treatment in the resort’s spa.  Then you have VIP wine tasting tours at the Frank Family Vineyards and Pride Mountain Vineyards, and an Elevated Tasting at Duckhorn’s four family vineyards (Duckhorn, Goldeneye, Paraduxx, and Migration).  The package includes round-trip coach airfare for two on Southwest Airlines to Oakland, CA.  The Solage, Auberge Resorts Collection expires 12/31/23, advance reservations are required and must be Sunday-Thursday only.  Air travel must be arranged 14 days in advance.  Other restrictions may apply.

Item #07

“The Occasion”, Bronze by Roxanne Swentzell

Donated by Valerie & Bud Hamilton

Value: $11,500

Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Tewa) is an award-winning sculptor, ceramic artist, Indigenous food activist, and gallerist.  She creates figures that represent a full range of emotions and irrepressible moods.  Much of her focus is on interpretative female portraits that attempt to bring back the balance of power between the male and female, as recognized in her culture. 

“The Occasion” is from a sold-out edition of 20 and is 23” h x 10.5” w x 14.5” d.

Item #08

Super-fun Party for Ten in The Compound Bar

Donated by The Compound Restaurant

Value: $3,000 (gratuity and tax not included)

Invite nine of your very best friends to the ultra-hip, way-cool Compound bar.  The evening includes The Compound’s delicious food, beverages of your choice, lively conversation, and lots of fun.  Must be Monday through Thursday.  Expires 2/11/24.

Item #09

Private Movie Night at the Violet Crown Cinema

Donated by Violet Crown Santa Fe

Value: $4,000

How much fun to invite 58 of your closest friends to movie night at Santa Fe’s coolest theatre, the Violet Crown Cinema!  Start with a one-hour private reception in the event space with complimentary wine and/or beer and light appetizers.  Then proceed to screen a film of your choice: either a title available at that time or a Blu Ray that you provide.  Yay, it’s super-movie night!  Expires 2/12/24, must be Monday through Thursday.

Item #10

Unique Culinary and Celebrity Experience for Six at Bishop’s Lodge!

Donated by Bishop’s Lodge, Auberge Resorts Collection, Cheryl Alters Jamison, former Governor Bill Richardson, and Santa Fe Magazine

Value: Priceless

Bishop’s Lodge, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Resort in the West for 2022, will host an incredible evening at the Skyfire restaurant in a dramatic fireside space.  Join former Governor Bill Richardson and Barbara Richardson and four-time James Beard Award-winning cookbook author Chery Alters Jamison in a specially-crafted dinner that emphasizes live-fire cooking and includes wines matched to each course.  The dinner will be presented by Chef Pablo Peňalosa of Skyfire.  Stay the night at Bishop’s Lodge in a king room and enjoy a leisurely breakfast the next day.  Then you get to take home a copy of Cheryl Jamison’s Perini Ranch Steakhouse cookbook.  Finally, pictures of the evening will be included in a photo gallery in Santa Fe Magazine, along with a one-year subscription and a hand-numbered limited edition copy of Sam Shepard’s Tales of New Mexico.  Best of all, you get to take home memories of a truly remarkable, only-in-New-Mexico evening!  Expires 2/29/24.  The Richardsons are not available from 6/1/23-11/1/23.  Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends.

Item #11

“Solo”, Bronze Sculpture by Star Liana York

Donated by Star Liana York

Value: $11,500

This stunning bronze of a soaring eagle on a rotating wooden base is a new piece by Star Liana York, named one of Southwest Art Magazine’s 30 most influential artists.  York’s body of work reflects her interest in the people, animals, environment, and history of the Southwest, which she has studied and interpreted since moving here in 1985.  The piece measures 40” h x 16” w x 13” d.

Item #12

Personalized Painting and Lunch for Ten with Artist Beverly McIver at CONTAINER Turner Carroll Contemporary Art

Donated by: Beverly McIver, Turner Carroll Gallery, and Prull Custom Builders

Value: $25,000

Artist Beverly McIver, who grew up in the projects of Greensboro, NC, and witnessed a shooting by the KKK of a man outside her home, has become one of the most celebrated Black women artists of our century. Her paintings are the subject of a retrospective exhibition currently touring museums across the country; this exhibition features works from the artist’s “Dear God” series. The Smithsonian acquired one of her paintings for its permanent collection in 2022. She currently teaches painting at Duke University.

You will receive a personalized, custom-created “Dear God” oil sketch and have the opportunity to inscribe it with a prayer.  Then enjoy a lunch with the artist at CONTAINER for ten people, including yourself. 

The preferred date for the lunch and sketch is Sunday, 2/12/23 (from 11 am – 3 pm!) but it can also be arranged on a mutually agreed date later in the year. 

Item #13

“Woman at the Window”, Color Woodblock Print, Artist Proof, by T. C. Cannon

Donated by the Zaplin Lampert Gallery

Value: $10,000

T. C. Cannon (Kiowa/Caddo), 1946-1978, was a revolutionary artist, creating a new movement in Native art which focused on the art and politics of the era. He is undoubtedly one of the most important Native American artists of all time. His works are rare, highly sought after, and very collectible.

He began studying at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe in 1964, under the tutelage of Fritz Scholder.  By 1978, Cannon was scheduled to have a one-man show in New York City but, months before, he was killed in an automobile accident.  The show was held in 1979 and traveled to the Heard Museum and the Museum of New Mexico.  Cannon’s work can be found in MOMA in New York, Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, and the Crystal Bridges Museum, among many others. 

This piece is the artist proof in a series of 200 and measures 30” h x 25” w.

Item #14

A Brilliant Pianist Paired with Brilliant Wines: An Evening with Doug Montgomery

Donated by Doug Montgomery, Brad & Belinda Karp, and Adobo Catering

Value: Priceless

Host 24 people to enjoy the fabulous and fun music of pianist and vocalist Doug Montgomery in the beautiful home of Brad and Belinda Karp.  The Karps will pair wines from their private collection with a buffet dinner by Adobo Catering.  This will be a musical evening to cherish.  Must be held March 30, 2023, May 11, 2023, or July 13, 2023.

Item #15

Extraordinary 15-day, 14-night Safari for Two to Zambia with Africa Calls

Donated by Africa Calls Ltd., Mfuwe Lodge and Bushcamps, Sausage Tree Camp, and Green Safaris

Value: $39,450

Africa Calls, a Santa Fe-based boutique safari company, has designed an extraordinary 15-day, 14-night photographic safari for two to Zambia.  This exciting adventure includes visits to some of Africa’s last remaining unspoiled wilderness areas.  Experience the world of big and small game: stay in remote hidden corners of magnificent national parks; take on-foot safaris with highly experienced naturalists and guides; ride in open vehicles during the day and at night; and ride a boat on the mighty Zambezi River.  Camps are small and intimate and located in unforgettable settings of great scenic beauty.

Included are: three nights on the Zambezi River at Sausage Tree Camp; seven nights in South Luangwa National Park at Mfuwe Lodge and Bushcamps; two nights near Victoria Falls at Green Safaris Tongabezi; and two nights in the vast Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park at Green Safaris Chisa Busanga Camp.  This safari includes all meals; national park fees (except Victoria Falls); taxes and tourism levies; game viewing and guide services; local flights within Zambia; and airport transfers.  Airfare to and from Africa is not included.  Comprehensive trip cancellation, interruption, and medical/evacuation insurance (purchased separately) is required.  Due to the seasonal operation of camps, this trip is available April-May or October-November.