The Rancho Milagro Collection is a unique Taos gallery filled with new and vintage fine art and furnishings from the collection of Ed and Trudy Healy. The Healy's are exhibiting many pieces from their encyclopedic collection of Jim Wagner's paintings, both classic and recent, along with this protean artist's furniture, sculpture and jewelry. Also on display is a room filled with paintings by famed Taos Pueblo artist Jonathan Warm Day Coming, who was recently honored with a solo exhibition at the Harwood Museum. In addition, the gallery contains a treasure trove of furnishings, textiles, fine and folk art of the region.
"We've created a gallery that really reflects what is so great and distinctive about northern New Mexico," says gallery owner Trudy Valerio Healy who, with her husband Ed, have for decades been generous patrons of Taos arts culture. "There's an authentic and original style of living here, a sense of history, a culture that combines Indians and Hispanics, cowboys and artists, saints and sinners. When you step into the gallery, you'll see and feel all of that, the material that I've loved and lived with my whole life."
"This is like a family project," said Stephen Parks who oversaw the operation. "Trudy has known Jim since she was a teenager playing guitar at the old El Patio restaurant. Jim and I have been friends since the mid-1970s. The Healy's hired me to write the book they published some years ago, Jim Wagner: An American Artist, and I represented Jim for nearly 20 years in Parks Gallery. Now we're all joining forces in this new project."
The Rancho Milagro Collection is currently directed by Alicia Waltz, a long-time friend of the Healy Family and is a native Taoseña.