We are loading the vans, packing the rugs and getting ready
to take off for Santa Fe in a few days and we have some great Navajo weavings
to share with you.
We just acquired a collection of contemporary First, Second
and Third Phase blanket design weavings that are as sharp and beautiful as any
we’ve ever had in the Gallery! And, several weavers have created pieces based
on the old blankets with their own interpretations or the traditional designs.
is one of the things that makes Navajo weaving so wonderful! These artists have
had a way since the beginning of the art form of taking a basic design and
giving it a beautiful new look!
First Phase Chief Blanket by Nellie Shorty: $3,000
Contemporary Chief Design by Imo Succo: $5,000
And, speaking of creative, we have new Burnham
weavings by Marie, Alice, Sandy, Ursula and Bernal Begay that will knock you
out. For over forty years, these women have paved a path of innovation in
weaving with their roots firmly planted in tradition!
Burnham Weaving by Alice Begay: $5,400
Burnham Weaving by Sandy Begay: $7,200
We will also be showing a
six minute film of Marie Begay and her family with all of the steps in weaving
a rug, from shearing sheep to taking it off of the loom. This is just a teaser
for a full length film that our good friend Howard Rowe has been working on for
a couple of years. You are going to really enjoy it!
Tradition? You want
tradition? We have one of the best selections of LARGE, I’m talking BIG Navajo
weavings that will be traveling with us to Santa Fe! These are beautiful
traditional pieces that came off of looms that you just don’t see on the
reservation any more. It takes a long time and an amazing amount of skill to
weave a big rug. If you are looking for something special for the floor, this
is the time!
This year we also have a collection of wonderful old, real, vegetal
dye weavings from the Wide Ruins and Chinle areas. These are amazing pieces
that are seldom done today. This was back when weavers actually picked plants
and made their own dyes! This is good stuff!
New pieces by Anthony Tallboy,
Louise Yazzie, Bertha Harvey, old classic transitional weavings, JB Moore’s and
lots of wonderful Regional weavings are all going to be available.
Burntwater Area Vegetal Dye by Belinda Six: $4,500
Yei Weaving from the 1930s: #1,800
showing at the Inn at Loretto in the Zuni Ballroom from Tuesday through Sunday, 10
am until 6 pm. We are also hosting a special series of talks and book signings
during the week.
Here is the schedule:
Ganado Red by Louise Yazzie: $1,500
Please feel free
to make the Zuni Room in the Inn at Loretto your “go to” headquarters this
week. We share the room with the Waddell Trading Company, showing the finest in
Native American jewelry, and it is the perfect place to meet and plan your next
adventure, rest your feet and make new friends!
I can’t share how excited I am
about this coming week. My son Ed is coming with his family and his 44 foot
travel trailer, my sister Antonia is giving up hiking, biking and river running
for the week, Kris is bringing her Swedish relatives (I call them the Vikings)
and even my mom, Mary Jane, is coming (her real reason for being in Santa Fe is
Opera!). She has promised to help out for part of each day! Come and see us!
Thanks for following our blog!
Jackson Clark II