“Frank Fowler, Jr.: The Desert Was My Teacher” opens with a 1st Friday Artist’s Reception May 3rd, from 5-8 p.m. and features an Artist Talk at 6:15 p.m. that evening; the exhibition unveils the newest paintings of this accomplished Navajo artist. Fowler learned to mix colors as a child, working with a watercolor kit his mother brought him from a gas station. Now an accomplished Contemporary artist, Fowler's acrylic paintings represent the Navajo culture and land he's been immersed in his whole life. “Right now,” he notes, “I'm painting Navajo culture, local landscape back home - northwestern Arizona. And I do realism, impressionist and abstracts. Modern and contemporary.” A diverse artist, Fowler has nevertheless always stayed with his own way of mixing colors and with his own application methods. He rarely uses any photo references: “My works come from my own visions, what I have seen or witnessed,” he notes. “I'm still approaching [canvases] my own way and every canvas I work on teaches me more [about] mixing my own colors.”
His was a very traditional upbringing and this energy feeds into each canvas by Frank Fowler, Jr. “I'm just grateful that my Dad used to take me to the winter Yei Bi Chei ceremonies as a child. I remember the Yei, Water Sprinkler, came over to us by the bonfire; we were covered in blankets to keep warm, snow gently falling. Water Sprinkler, whooping, doing his antics, sprinkled snow on me with the fox tail. I remember the snowflake crystals coming down on me - I was blessed.”
The first year Frank Fowler, Jr. exhibited, in 2006, he won a Best of Show and 1st place ribbon from The Gathering, an invitation-only showcase for top Native American artists in Litchfield Park, AZ. That same year he won Best in Division and 1st place at the Heard Museum Indian Market in Phoenix. He has since accumulated "a box full of ribbons" at all the top Indian markets and Southwest museums.
The exhibition runs through May 19th.
Our exciting spring exhibition introduces new gallery artist Dolores Purdy who brings bright colors and a contemporary style to her ledger paintings. A member of the Caddo Nation, Purdy, with a career Air Force father, spent much of her childhood relocating often. It was her time spent with family in Oklahoma listening to stories passed down for generations that inspired her art. Trained as a watercolorist, Purdy spent years researching the history and art of her tribe including the presence of their warriors at Florida’s Ft. Marion in 1875. Fascinated with ledger art Purdy brings the traditional two-dimensional style an entirely new look. Bright colors and as many female subjects as men draws her works into a broader look at Indian life. Her favored medium for these is colored pencils with India ink highlights. She presents each piece with cotton rag acid-free matting under conservation glass with hand-made frames of such lovely materials as
Brazilian Tiger wood. Dolores Purdy has enjoyed a number of museum exhibitions including at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where, years before she had been a visiting artist and demonstrator. She has been featured at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market and is in collections that range from the NMAI to the White House, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, and the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
The exhibition opens with a 1st Friday opening reception April 5th, from 5-8 p.m. and features an Artist Talk at 6:15 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 21st.
The beginning of 2019 brought an item by item inventory to our 48-year-old gallery and special jewelry finds abounded in this impressive and extensive collection – finds that, for collectors, will impress beyond measure! Our special “Native American Jewelry Showcase” opens 1st Friday with a reception from 5-8 p.m. to offer unexpected opportunities and courtesies that will make the acquiring of remarkable jewelry pieces by top jewelers more possible than ever. Masterful works by over twenty artists are featured including: Danny Romero, Kenny Aguilar, Vernon A. Begaye, Veronica Yellowhorse, Cody Hunter, Abraham Begay, Robert Taylor, Ric Charlie and Hank Whitethorne.
The rare inlay portrait belt buckle by Danny Romero is more art piece than wearable art – though for the right collector with the right special occasion, it may warrant being taken from its shadowbox. Romero was one of only five silversmiths invited to the Night of the First Americans at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and is exhibited in museums in the U.S., Germany, Japan and Canada. Unusual shapes define the inlay cuffs by Abraham Begay and Hank Whitethorne, the former with his geometric angles, the latter with undulating curves.
Rings, belt buckles and cuffs offer 14k gold as well as sterling silver. Traditional stories are revealed in storyteller cuffs, with designs on both the outside and secret designs on the interiors. Yes, a collector’s paradise for certain! All are invited to the 1st Friday opening reception to peruse the special opportunities in person. The exhibition runs throughout March.
2019 begins with a two-month winter showcase for many of the Southwest’s top Native American and Southwest fine artists and fine jewelers featured right here at our 48-year-old gallery! A 1st Friday reception on February 1st, from 5-8 PM, highlights the works of more than fifty artists and jewelers. Featured artists include Tony Abeyta, Stan Natchez, Alvin Yellowhorse, the Lister Family of jewelers, Baje Whitethorne Sr., Robert Martinez, Larry Yazzie and many, many more.
All are welcome to join us!
This exhibition runs through February 15th.