Charlie Daniels. Yes. That Charlie Daniels

Friday, January 12, 2018 11:08 AM

Charlie Daniels. Yes. That Charlie Daniels

We are proud to host Charlie Daniels for a book signing of his memoir, Never Look at the Empty Seats, on Saturday January 20th at 2pm.


Charlie--in case you live on some other planet--is a country music legend. He is a man who is respected for his music, his dedication to his principles and his honest, straightforward and kind manner. This is a man everyone in Country Music looks up to. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016.

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In 1938 Sallie Lippincott Moved to the Navajo Reservation. She Left her Mark!

And she left a small collection of Indian Jewelry you might like!

Sallie was from Wheeling, West Virginia and was part of a steel mill family. She was a debutante and was raised with every advantage. She attended the University of Chicago, unusual for a woman in that day, and when she graduated, she moved to the Wide Ruins Trading Post in Arizona with her husband Bill Wagner.

This is a wonderful tale and, during this year, we will be telling many stories about Sallie and Bill in this newsletter. We also have the privilege of offering some of the many things that she collected during those years.

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Works by Fritz Scholder, American Artist (1937 - 2005)

Thursday, November 9, 2017 4:31 PM

Works by Fritz Scholder, American Artist (1937 - 2005)

Fritz Scholder occupies a unique spot in Native American Art. Many times during his career, he claimed that he was not an Indian, but the works that initially brought him to fame were a series on Native Americans.


He basically shocked the Native American art market with his paintings of Indians with beer cans, American Flags and some other wild stuff. He really was part Indian, a one-quarter Luseino, which is a California Mission tribe.I can’t pretend to do him justice in the length of this email, but his biography is fascinating. I strongly recommend that you check it out.

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Peter Ray James Returns to Painting

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:47 AM

Peter Ray James Returns to Painting

We met Peter Ray James nearly thirty years ago. Not only is he an incredibly talented artist, he is an amazing human being, always reaching out to help other people.


We had our first show in the gallery for this Navajo artist back in 1990. He is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and also attended the Parson School of Design in New York. At the time, he painted large, colorful canvas paintings that dominated a space. He was a successful artist at Indian Market and the Heard Museum show. Peter had the world in front of him.

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You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 8:58 AM

You Can't Make This Stuff Up!

In 1973, I was driving our company vehicle, a Dodge Maxi-Van, on a trip through Colorado to sell jewelry and rugs to some of the stores in the Estes Part and Denver areas. This was several years before we opened an actual gallery in Durango. 

We were doing business out of the front of my Dad’s Pepsi plant in Durango. At the time, you could never have called us an “upscale” establishment, but we had great rugs and jewelry and people seemed to find us. Sometimes they had to find their way around the semi-trucks in the lot, but the artists and customers enjoyed the special “rug room” that doubled as Jackson Sr.’s office.

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Some People Don’t Like Snakes, but they have made this woman famous!

Effie Calavaza is a Zuni Silversmith whose work has captured the hearts of many collectors. She was born in 1928 and started making jewelry in the 1950’s. She is still doing some silver work although she has passed her designs down to her daughters.


Several times each year, someone will come into the gallery and ask, “Do you have any of Effie’s work?” She is one of the few Zuni silversmiths that everyone in the business seems to know. She learned from her husband, Juan, and for many years they both signed their work “JUAN C. ZUNI. Juan died in 1970 and she began signing her work EFFIE C. ZUNI.

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Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:03 PM

Laverne Barber is Back, Better than Ever!

I was trying to remember how I met Laverne Barber. She is the daughter of Anna Mae Barber who was the oldest sister of the five Burnham area weavers. When their mother died, Anna Mae basically raised Marie. Alice, Helen and Sandy. They are all world class Navajo weavers.


Back in the 1970's, I was a working in my father's rug room when Helen brought a weaving in. Not long after, the other family members started to bring their pieces into the showroom. They were very different from the weavings that you normally saw, combining elements from all of the weaving areas, using all hand spun wool and breaking most of the rules about Navajo design.

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This Silversmith Does It All!

Friday, September 8, 2017 3:24 PM

This Silversmith Does It All!

The Fall Gallery Walk has been Durango’s major art event since it was founded in 1983 by the four original members of the Durango Gallery Association. Toh-Atin Gallery is the last one standing of the original group and we are happy that the Gallery Association continues to grow in both numbers and quality.

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Rocks, Gems, Fossils, Jewelry and more in Denver this weekend!

Many of our customers have been to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show during the winter. It's a huge show that takes up the entire city. It's become so big and so spread out that it is really overwhelming.


An alternative that has every bit the selection and excitement of the Tucson event will be in Denver from September 9-17 at the Denver Coliseum Mineral, Fossil, and Gem Show.

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Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!

Monday, August 14, 2017 8:12 AM

Old Rugs (Almost) Never Die!

Those of you know me or read this blog regularly, know that I never met a Navajo Rug that I didn't like. Sure, some are more favorite than others, but there is always something to find in a rug that you can like and admire.


So what happens when a weaving is damaged or suffers a color run? What if your dog chews off the corner or your best friend (because you would never) drops a glass of red wine or coffee on your favorite weaving?

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New for Indian Market at Toh-Atin Gallery’s show this Week!

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.

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Santa Fe's Indian Market Week and What We Bring to the Party!

You can spin it anyway you want, but there is nothing like the third week in August in Santa Fe! The town is bustling with energy, and shows featuring the finest in Native American and tribal art are all over town. Every gallery, shop and museum is featuring their best and you get to rub shoulders with the nicest artists and friendliest people in the world!

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