Lane Coulter has served as a consultant to wide-ranging museums as an expert on Native American jewelry and weaving and the arts of Spanish New Mexico. Coulter-Brooks has provided fine examples of New Mexican regional objects to a variety of museum collections including the High Museum in Atlanta and the Autry Museum in Los Angeles.
Lane is available to lecture on historic and contemporary Navajo and Pueblo jewelry, New Mexican retablos, bultos and tinwork and to teach appraisal seminars to the profession on these subjects. Coulter-Brooks is available to consult in the design and furnishing of historic homes and may supply custom historic reproductions when historic pieces are unavailable.
We can advise collectors in developing their collection based on their goals, be it investment, furnishing a home or focusing on a single subject of their interest. This would include advice on purchases whether from our gallery or from other reputable galleries. In this process we would be able to identify how an object might fit into or add to their collection. For institutions, we can design and implement a significant traveling exhibition either from using the in-house holdings or by borrowing from other private or public sources. We have curated exhibitions for the Metal Museum in Memphis, the Museum of International Folk Art and traveling exhibitions for the Museum of New Mexico. Jan has curated numerous exhibitions in North Carolina over the years. We have supplied objects to the Museum of International Folk Art, The High Museum, The Autry Museum as well as The Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. We have written a White Paper identifying retablos and bultos in the New Mexican collection of The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.
HISTORIC ARCHITECTURAL RESTORATION & STAGING
Coulter-Brooks can supply, locate or have constructed appropriate New Mexican Tinwork light fixtures and furniture for 19th and early 20th century buildings. We can also offer or locate accent pieces for your project and can supply appropriate furniture and Navajo and Pueblo objects to enhance or “stage” an historic home for sale.
CONSERVATION & REPAIR
The gallery can connect you to a conservator or craftsmen suitable to you specific needs. The areas served are: Santos and Tinwork, Southwestern jewelry, pottery and textiles, both for cleaning or restoration. We have conserved or restored for The Heard Museum, The Museum of International Folk Art, the Gallery of Art at New Mexico State University and Casa San Ysidro of the Albuquerque Museum.
We can produce catalog entries and exhibition reviews, as well as to provide significant chapters. Lane has written articles for The Magazine Antiques, Metalsmith, El Palacio, Artes de Mexico and American Indian Art, among others. Jan has written numerous museum exhibition catalog entries and for American Craft magazine. (see Publications)
WORKSHOPS & LECTURES
We are prepared to travel and lecture about Navajo Saddle blankets and historic and contemporary Navajo and Pueblo jewelry. We have lectured to numerous Museum groups and for University audiences in as many as fifteen or more states.
Whether you may need valuation for insurance purposes or for wills or dispersal, we offer verbal or written appraisals of value and identifications for: historic Native American jewelry, pottery, textiles, and the unusual. For IRS donation appraisals we can recommend qualified appraisers for that purpose. We also can appraise and identify objects from Spanish New Mexico including santos, furniture, Rio Grande blankets and jergas. Lane has performed specific collection appraisals for the Taylor Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Art Center and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.