Noel Night and Artisan Showcase

Thursday, December 6, 2018 6:54 AM

Noel Night and Artisan Showcase

Two of our most popular Holiday events are this weekend. On Friday, December 7, from 5 until 9 pm, join us for Noel Night, a Durango tradition with 10% discount on everything in the gallery and a special Sales Room with 20% to 70% discounts. 

Noel night is always special with Darryl Kuntz, legendary keyboard master, playing your favorite Christmas Carols. Leather artist and jeweler Eric Hodges will be showing his work along with pottery artist Norman Lansing! 

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33rd Annual Navajo Weaving and Indian Jewelry Silent Auction and Sale

On November 3 in Denver, we will be holding the 33rd Annual Benefit Silent Auction and Sale of Navajo Weavings (and we have now added Indian Jewelry) to benefit the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. It is a small, beautiful, underfunded museum staffed with dedicated people and the home to one of the finest collections of Navajo Weaving in the world. 

34 years ago, Dr. Joe Ben Wheat, the curator of the collection, was sharing a bourbon with Jackson Clark Sr.  Wheat was concerned that he did not have the money to properly preserve and restore this important collection. Dad volunteered to run an auction for the benefit of the Museum. The first year we sold five rugs. 

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Who Doesn't Love a Buffalo?

Thursday, October 11, 2018 8:00 AM

Who Doesn't Love a Buffalo?

The American Bison or as we call it, the Buffalo, roamed the plains of the American West virtually unchallenged by natural predators. They were an essential part of life for the Indians of the plains. The Buffalo provided food, hides for teepees, clothing and robes for winter. The leather was used for bridles, shields, bows and many other things.

Until the coming of the railroad and the fur trade, these magnificent animals covered the plains. Today, small herds exist and there is a growing market for the healthy, lean meat of the Buffalo.

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Tracing the Trail of our Grandfather

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 7:45 AM

Tracing the Trail of our Grandfather

The years between 1915 and 1918 were busy ones in the San Juan Mountains. The mining camps were being brought together by rail, roads and telephone lines.

A young man, working for AT&T and its subsidiary, Mountain Bell, was sent to Durango to supervise, inspect and photograph the lines being installed in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. 

Fred Clark was an accomplished photographer and mountaineer. He had joined the Colorado Mountain Club at its inception when he was working in Denver.

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The Other Half of Maria Martinez

Thursday, September 20, 2018 10:46 AM

The Other Half of Maria Martinez

Maria is deservedly considered the “Potter of San Ildefonso” because of her long and illustrious career and her part in creating the black on black pottery that made her famous. Her polishing technique created the first “gun metal” finish and her legacy is etched in clay. 

 Not much is said about Julian, her husband, who was also key in created the beautiful pottery that he signed with his wife. He worked with anthropologist Edgar Lee Hewett researching traditional designs. He later modified these designs to create unique patterns that he used to paint the mat black finish designs on Maria’s pottery. 

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Modern Classic Navajo Chief Designs

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 11:11 AM

Modern Classic Navajo Chief Designs

The Chief Blanket, woven by the Navajo Women of the 1800’s, was one of the most prestigious possessions a Southwest American Indian could possess. The blankets were simple and elegant in their design, beautifully woven and accented the body of the weaver. 

At first, they were simple striped designs. Later they were accented with rectangles and diamonds. These blankets were made for the woman’s family and, when that need was met, they were made to be sold and traded. The name, Chief’s Blanket, came from the fact that the Chiefs of the Plains tribes commonly wore the blankets. They were the only ones who could afford them with a fine Chief’s blanket selling for as many as 20 horses!

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Denver Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:48 AM

Denver Mineral, Fossil, Gem and Jewelry Show

If you have never been to a Gem and Mineral show, don’t pass this one up! It is worth your time with over 500 dealers and some of the most unique things you have seen in your life. 

This show is becoming the largest show of its kind in the United States. It bridges both side of I-70 at the Denver Coliseum and is open from 10 until 6 pm daily. Our booth, # R12, is located inside the Main Coliseum Building near the food court and main entrance.

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A Nacimiento made by Legendary Potter Helen Cordero

Sunday, August 12, 2018 12:00 PM

A Nacimiento made by Legendary Potter Helen Cordero

In New Mexico, Nativity Sets, Creche or manger scenes made by Pueblo Indians depicting the birth of Christ, are commonly known as Nacimientos. That is because of the predominantly Hispanic culture in the area and the fact that the Christianization of the Pueblo people was a result of the Spanish settlers. It’s not a real pretty story, but as times evolved, the Catholic faith has become intermingled with the lives of the Pueblo people.

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A Contemporary Master Weaver Breaking and Honoring Tradition

In 2000, a couple from Scottsdale, Arizona walked into Garland’s Navajo Rugs in Sedona, Arizona, one of the most respected dealers in Navajo Textiles in the country. As they were coming through the front door, a Navajo weaver was making her way out. 

“I stopped and held the door for her,” the man said. “She had a big smile on her face and said thank you. She seemed to be floating on air. My wife was taken with her smile and commented on how happy she was. It was great to see someone enjoying life that much.”

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The Chimayo Side of Indian Market

Thursday, August 9, 2018 7:08 PM

The Chimayo Side of Indian Market

After 13 years Sallie Wagner Lippincott and her husband Bill left the Wide Ruins Trading Post, which they purchased in 1938. They were art collectors and their trips took them to diverse parts of the world, from post-war Japan to Santa Fe. While Toh-Atin specializes in American Indian art from the Southwest, our family has always had a link and draw to the Hispanic arts of Northwest New Mexico.

 And so did Sallie. After moving to Santa Fe, she made many Hispanic friends and supported their work. Coming from her textile background as a trader at Wide Ruins, she was intrigued with the Northern New Mexico weaving traditions and became good friends with David Ortega in Chimayo. David was the owner of the Ortega Weaving, a landmark shop opened in 1900 and now run by his son, Robert. 

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Mesa Verde National Park - our National Treasure

Monday, July 30, 2018 7:55 AM

Mesa Verde National Park - our National Treasure

Did you realize that Mesa Verde National Park, between Cortez and Durango, Colorado is the only National Park in the United Stated dedicated to the works of man rather than the works of Nature?

It also requires a lot of upkeep. Cliff Dwellings were not designed to last forever. They aren’t like Old Faithful! This park, one of 12 original UNESCO World Heritage Sites, needs love and care to be around for future generations.

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Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:40 AM

Dan Simplicio's Ageless Jewelry Creations

What does it mean to be the “first” to do something? It takes the ability to put your ego on the line and to take a chance with the confidence that it will work out.

Zuni Silversmith Dan Simplicio was one of those people. He lived a short life of 52 years, passing away in 1969. He was the first to use coral in its natural form, the first to set rough cut coral in rings and he introduced the common use of leaf work in Zuni jewelry.

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