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by Helen Ford Wallace Published: September 5, 2013

Ann Sutherland and Jim Vallion were honored at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts in Taos. (Photo by Josh Glass).

 Ann and Burns Hargis were hosts at a special dedication ceremony at the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, Taos, New Mexico. The celebration and memorial ceremony honored the late Martha Reed, Jim Vallion, Ann and David Sutherland, Linda and Jim Parker and Lerri and Rick Cooper and other donors to the project. The Center houses Oklahoma State University’s Art Program in Taos which is another location for interdisciplinary teaching and research, much (though not all) of which will focus on the arts. It will greatly benefit OSU students, faculty, alumni and friends in New Mexico. It offers credit courses and life-long learner courses as well as seminars.

“Casa Sutherland”, the adobe home serving as the Center of the DRCA, and “Vallion Gathering Place,” a covered courtyard area, were dedicated during the evening. The Center is the first of three buildings to be renovated. There will be small gatherings, seminars, talks and alumni events at Casa Sutherland. The second adobe home will be named” Casa Cooper” and “Doel Reed’s Studio,” which will not be renamed, will honor the Parkers’ contributions.

 Edward Walkiewicz, Director of the Doel Reed Center for the Arts, gave the welcome and Albert Archuleta from the Taos Pueblo gave the blessing of the property. Kent Young, longtime Reed family friend, gave a memorial talk about Martha Reed. Burns Hargis gave the dedication and introduced the special honorees.

A plaque marks the Vallion Gathering Place. (Photo by Josh Glass).

Mac and Carol Troy, Jan and Kirk Jewell were at the event. (Photo provided by Jacob Longan, OSU).

Maggie Barrett and Donna Watson celebrate at the dedication and dinner. (Photo by Josh Glass).

Vicki Gourley, Burns Hargis and Leland Gourley were at the dedication. (Photo by Josh Glass).

Josh Glass and Jim Vallion at the event. (Photo provided).

 OSU President Burns Hargis, Ann Sutherland, Jim Vallion, Ann Hargis. (Photo by Jacob Longan, OSU).

Mac and Carol Troy and Jan and Kirk Jewell attended the event in Taos. (Photo by  Jacob Longan, OSU).








by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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