Current Past

May 16, 2017 of the moment

May 17, 2017

May 2017 Mckee Platero

May 11, 2017

May 2017: New Acquisitions

May 4, 2017

May 2017 Gallery Interior with Nakashima

May 4, 2017

February 2017: Private Santa Fe, NM Collection

February 8, 2017

We are pleased to offer diverse works from a private Santa Fe, NM, collector. The collector used her artist's eye to curate an extensive selection of Native American art incorporating both historical and ethnographic pieces as well as works by important modern and contemporary artists. The collected formed over the past thirty plus years reflects a deep passion for the cultures and artistic traditions of the tribal peoples of the American Southwest.

February 2017: Private Colorado Collection

February 7, 2017

These pieces come from a private Colorado collection spanning the historic narrative of collectible souvenirs from the Tesuque Pueblo to notable modern works by Cheyenne wood turning artist Nathan Hart, and famed Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshlakai.

January 2017: Vintage Bracelets From An Eminent Santa Fe Collector

January 6, 2017

We are pleased to present an exquisite collection of vintage Navajo and Zuni bracelets, recently acquired from the estate of a renowned Santa Fe collector. All of the pieces date from the first half of the 20th century and display a variety of styles and techniques. Please contact the gallery for inquiries or to purchase.

December 2016 Frank Patania Jewelry

December 20, 2016

This collection was offered exclusively to Shiprock Santa Fe by from a private Beverly Hills, CA, collection. We are honored to offer some of the finest works we have come across in many years by a true Santa Fe icon. Frank Patania Sr. (1899-1964) was born in Sicily and immigrated to the United States at an early age. He began working as a jeweler at age 6, first apprenticing in Italy, and later with a goldsmith in New York. He moved out to the West after contracting tuberculosis and settled in Santa Fe. Frank had always worked in gold, but was profoundly inspired by Native American jewelry. In 1927, he opened the Thunderbird Shop in Santa Fe, and employed local Native American silversmiths. "After my first sight of the West, I never wanted to return east again. And when I saw what the Indians were doing with silver and turquoise I knew I had found the medium in which I wanted to design." These materials were new to him, but he quickly became one of the most innovative and skilled jewelers of his time. His style grew more refined and his fame grew, attracting important patrons such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Mable Dodge Lujan. Several of his assistants became renowned silversmiths in their own right, most notably his son Frank Jr. and Santo Domingo jeweler Julian Lovato.

December 2016: Navajo Twill Double Saddle Blankets

December 19, 2016

Please enjoy this special selection of Navajo Twill Double Saddle Blankets. The most colorful of the group are currently gracing the main gallery for the holiday display. The heavy use that saddle blankets endure calls for a more robust textile on the part of the Navajo weaver. Twill techniques incorporate more weft material than in traditional flat weavings. Normally they have two or three weft yarns which are packed in the same space as one yarn in a flat weaving, thus make a thicker and more durable textile. There are a number of twill patterns including diagonal, diamond, and their infinite combinations.

November 2016: Vintage Child's Bracelets

November 16, 2016

A wonderful selection of historic Native American child's bracelets. The perfect heritage gift for future generations.

November 2016: Ben Rouzie

November 15, 2016

Ben Rouzie (1922-2016) Ben Rouzie was an American self taught sculptor who specialized in woodworking. After serving in the Air Force in WWII, he worked as a reporter and later as a city planner, all the while studying art in his free time. It was only after he retired in the 1970's that he devoted himself full-time to scultpture.

October 2016: Collectible Spoons

October 11, 2016

Souvenir spoons became popular with the birth of leisure tourism in Europe. Originally collected to display the many landmarks and cities a person traveled to, the trend soon came to the United States and a phenomenon was launched. We are pleased to present a selection of Navajo handmade tourist collectible spoons. Show your affinity for the Southwest and historic Native American art by purchasing your favorite today.

July 2016: Leekya Offerings

July 5, 2016

Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) is the most famous and sought after Zuni fetish carvers of all time.

June: Contemporary Jewelry Selections from a Private Collection:

June 15, 2016

From a private Santa Fe, NM. collection.

June 2016: POTTERY COLLECTION

June 15, 2016

From a prominent private Kansas City/Santa Fe collection. Each pot in this collection was lovingly selected and purchased for a Santa Fe residence. The couple had relationships with many Native American artists and art dealers in the community.

June 2016: ZUNI INLAY JEWERLY

June 15, 2016

From a private Santa Fe, NM. collection.

May 2016: Ketohs

May 16, 2016

Ketohs (pronounced gato) are Navajo bracers or bow guards originally crafted from hide. The first ketohs with silver were made as early as the mid to late 1800’s during the first phase of Navajo silversmithing. The silver for these pieces was generally made from melted coins and would be cast in a two-piece mold. They would then be taken from the mold, hammered into shape, and sanded until smooth. A cold chisel and stamps were used for the earliest designs, and after the 1880’s, ketohs saw the addition of bezels with turquoise and other stones. The turquoise pieces for ketohs were sometimes taken from earlier tab necklaces or earrings. Later ketohs developed more complex design motifs and techniques.Vintage ketohs were made as functioning bow guards, they were meant to protect the wearer from the pull of the bow string and arrow. They were also taken out at ceremonial dances and were considered to be important pieces of art. Today, ketohs are worn by collectors and fashion icons alike.

May 2016: House of Kiva New

May 16, 2016

In a wonderful instance of serendipity, Shiprock Santa Fe was offered a collection of clothing and accessories created by renowned Cherokee designer Lloyd Kiva New just as three museums honored him in yearlong shows. The Museum of Contemporary Native Art MOCNA, the Museum of Indian Art and Culture and the New Mexico Fine Art Museum in Santa Fe are all celebrating his important contributions to fashion, art and education, both as designer and artist as well as co-founder and president of the Institute of American Indian Art. In additional to the collection of vintage clothing and accessories on offer, The House of Kiva New is showcasing four unique textile collages made from remnants of Lloyd Kiva New’s hand printed textiles. A collector purchased the remnants at auction and worked with local textile artist Ilona Pachler to create four separate collages that showcase the exuberance of Lloyd Kiva News’ designs. The House of Kiva new is also honoring local fashion icon Jeri Ah-be Hill, a Kiowa-Comanche elder and leader and treasured resident of Santa Fe, who was known for her tireless work in promoting the arts associated with Native fashion. Always impeccably dressed, she was the chairwoman for SWAIA’s Traditional Native American Clothing Contest for 17 years. Shiprock Santa Fe has been honored to work directly with both of Ah-be-hill’s daughters, Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi, and we are pleased to be showcasing one of Jeri’s iconic outfits in our upcoming show. We will be contributing to “The Jeri Ah-be Hill Scholarship Fund” at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

March 2016: Joclas

March 14, 2016

Turquoise has powerful associations among the cultures of the southwest. It was an important object of trade and symbol of prestige. As a means of personal adornment, its history in the southwest stretches back millennia. Turquoise is connected with the Sky as well as the Earth. Among the Navajo, turquoise is the color of the south and of Mount Taylor. The jocla is one of the earlier forms of earrings found in the southwest, and used by Navajo and Pueblo peoples alike. Joclas are pendant-like earrings of disc-shaped turquoise beads with a large center bead at the bottom. The were originally made without the luxury of metal tools. Worn by both men and women, upon marriage, women would often tie the earrings to their tab necklaces as additional ornamentation. Contemporary jewelers continue to experiment with this ancestral form by using old jaclas and incorporating into them into new bracelets, making longer and highly wearable necklaces, or rolling high quality stone into exquisitely delicate earrings.

Feburary 2016: The Klopfer Collection

February 16, 2016

The Klopfer family were among the earliest settlers of the Las Campanas development just north of Santa Fe. Mrs. Klopfer's passion for Native Art began in the mid 1980's when she volunteered at the Wheelright Museum's Case Trading Post. In the following years, the Klopfers built an impressive collection, making great selections from some of the most prominent and long standing Santa Fe galleries. Now, three decades later, we are pleased to present one of the many facets of that collection, a selection of historic Hopi Kachina dolls which include rare Zuni examples and works by well known early carvers like Otto Pentewa and Jimmy Koots.

February 2016: Figural Pueblo Pottery

February 16, 2016

In the late 19th century anthropologists, ethnographers, and self made explorers had a keen interest in collecting all sorts of Native cultural material, however, anthropomorphic figures interested them above all else. Whether it was in clay, wood, stone, or any other material, the collections of many of the prominent museums and institutions are loaded with dolls, pottery figurines, and stone idols. The Trading Post owners who had long before established themselves within tribal lands were eager to guide these voracious collectors and supplied many of them with a myriad of figural objects. By the 1880's the traders in Santa Fe were selling large free standing clay figures from Cochiti Pueblo, Rain Gods from Tesuque Pueblo, and many animal inspired forms from as far away as Zuni Pueblo. Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to offer a variety of human and animal forms that span the late 19th century to modern day and represent many of the Pueblos including Zuni, Cochiti, Santa Clara, and Tesuque from this curated collection.

January 2016: Ring in the New Year

January 6, 2016

Let Shiprock Santa Fe help you ring in the New Year with a selection of fantastic rings, all available for the month of January for 10% off!

October 2015: Vintage Bracelets

October 26, 2015

We are excited to present our Fall 2015 selection of vintage cuffs and bracelets. I think there is a little something for everyone in this group, from the serious collector to the person who just wants a fantastic fashion turquoise piece. Happy browsing!

September 2015: Vintage Jimmy King Jr. Jewelry from the Foutz Collection

September 16, 2015

Navajo jeweler Jimmy King, Jr. has a unique perspective and is a lapidary inlay genius. His designs bring to mind the cosmos and blend tradition and innovation. No longer active as a jeweler, he worked directly with Ed and Jed Foutz and was one of the premier artists they promoted and sold at the Shiprock Trading Post from the 1970's - 1990's.

September 2015: The Foutz Collection of Historic Native American Jewelry

September 16, 2015

Legendary trader Ed Foutz, father of Jed Foutz, has personally collected and put away thousands of Native American jewelry items. Many of these pieces, seeing the light of day for the first time since the 1960's, are now available for purchase exclusively through Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

September 2015: Kenneth Begay jewelry from the Foutz Collection

September 16, 2015

Legendary Navajo jeweler Kenneth Begay not only taught technique to other jewelers at the White Hogan in Phoenix, AZ, he also innovated some of the most elegant and modern designs still adapted to this day by artists such as the split wire cuff. Shiprock Trading Post owner Ed Foutz, father of Jed Foutz, worked directly with Kenneth and purchased hundreds of his works over the years. This collection is the available works from Ed's personal collection offered for the first time since the 1960's exclusively through Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

September 2015: Textiles from the Foutz Collection

September 16, 2015

As a prominent dealer on the Navajo reservation at Shiprock Trading Post, 4th generation trader Ed Foutz personally collected thousands of Navajo weavings. Now in his 70's, Ed is offering the entire collection for sale exclusively through Shiprock Santa Fe gallery.

August 2015: The Foutz Collection of Navajo Headstalls

August 18, 2015

An unprecedented collection of historic Navajo headstalls collected by Shiprock Santa Fe owner Jed Foutz and his father Ed Foutz. Ranging in date from 1865 to 1940, these headstalls reflect the evolution of Navajo silver.

June 2015: Fred Peshlakai

June 2, 2015

We are pleased to present a collection of the work of renowned Navajo silversmith Fred Peshlakai.

May 2015: Fantastic Cuffs

May 14, 2015

We are pleased to present some of the best of the best of our bracelet selections.

April 2015: Navajo Runners

April 2, 2015

Navajo runners are hard to find, and we are pleased to have a fantastic collection of vintage runners which are representative of various trading posts on the Navajo reservation.

April 2015: Single Stone Bracelets

April 2, 2015

January 2015: New Collection by Jennifer Curtis

January 7, 2015

We are pleased to present a new collection by renowned Navajo silversmith Jennifer Curtis. Born and raised on the Navajo reservation near Winslow, Arizona, Curtis learned to work metal from her father, Thomas Curtis, Sr., himself an award-winning silversmith. Today, she lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is the most respected Navajo female silversmith working in a traditional style. “My work is an extension of my history, my family,” she says. “My biggest influence is my master, my teacher, my father. His recent passing has brought special meaning to each swing of the hammer, each design I create. My family is the center of my existence; I make work that is balanced and proportionate always with a physical center that mirrors the spiritual.

November 2014: Small but Sublime

November 24, 2014

Pins and pendants are tiny expressions of a Native American silversmith's skill. Just in time for the holiday season, the selections in the exhibition will make the perfect stocking stuffer for someone extra special.

November 2014: Into the Woods by Keri Ataumbi

November 24, 2014

"There is a primal connection between the sport of archery and reverence for our ancestors." Keri's new found love of archery has inspired her "In the Woods" jewelry series. Practicing archery on a range outside her studio, she found the concentration required by the sport lifted her outside of herself to a place where she found beauty. We hope you enjoy her latest collection designed exclusively for Shiprock Santa Fe.

November 2014: Important Early Collection by Charles Loloma

November 24, 2014

This group of work comes from an important collection representing one of Loloma's most productive and creative periods. Made in the late 1960's to early 1970's, these pieces mirror the exuberance of the time while drawing inspiration from ancestral jewelry. Combining hand-drilled turquoise, shell and stone beads with classic fabrication and casting techniques, they are emblematic of the innovation that made Loloma one of the most respected and sought after artists of the twentieth century.

November 2014: Early Banded Indigo Blankets

November 24, 2014

Revered for millennia, indigo is one of the oldest known natural dyes and is still in use today in many ethnographic and fashion traditions. In the Southwest indigo was a highly valued trade item and was used to enhance the designs that graced the finest Navajo, Rio Grande, and Pueblo textiles. After the 1880's when the Rail Road and trading posts were well established, a cheaper synthetic dye became widely available and native weavers discontinued their use of indigo. This historical change in the use of materials is one of the many characteristics that help establish dating of 19th century textiles. This collection features early banded blankets from the three weaving cultures native to New Mexico with with indigo dyed wool that is both saturated and luminous.

August 2014: EARLY NATIVE AMERICAN SILVER

September 9, 2014

Our finest selection from our August exhibition and sale!

August 2014: GLITTERING WORLD AND JULIAN LOVATO

September 9, 2014

Works by Lee Yazzie and Julian Lovato from a private collection.

August 2014, LINEAR MOVEMENT II

September 9, 2014

Shiprock Santa Fe's annual August exhibition for 2014 features a selection of Navajo weaving featuring Wedge Weave or Pulled Warp techniques. Also, a selection of fine Classic and Late Classic examples were included with this show mainly for their vibrant hues and dazzling patterns. Enjoy, and contact the gallery for pricing information!

August 2014, SONWAI: Meet the Artist

August 21, 2014

Incredible jeweler SONWAI Verma Nequatewa's latest offerings. Included for sale special works inspired by gem quality #8 turquoise from the Foutz Collection.

New Works by Josedgardo Granados

July 1, 2014

My art practice focuses on large-scale labor-intensive drawings that investigate the material qualities of graphite and color pencil whilst creating a dialogue between geometric and gestural abstraction. Pushing the drawings to a point of fluidity similar to painting, the works naturally develop through experimentation via mark-making and intuitive compositional choices without any preconceived notion as to what the final outcome will be. Pencil marks load the paper with layers of graphite creating a visual-dialectic surface between the two-dimensional abstract compositions and the reflective play of light that occurs as one moves about the artwork. The accreted rhythmic strokes visible on the surface give the drawings a palpable almost sculptural mass and energy played out by gestural and linear elements throughout the compositions. Shapes and gestures evoke forms in the Southwestern terrain; lines and colors subconsciously find their way into each piece, reminiscent of patterns in Navajo and Pueblo weavings. Josedgardo Granados

Pueblo Textiles, 2014

June 23, 2014

Textile arts of the Southwest are most often focused on the vivid and bold work of the Navajo but the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona have been producing a wide range of traditional and ceremonial textiles for as much as two thousand years. Native people made these textiles, not for trade to tourists or the market at large, but rather for use in their daily lives and especially ceremonies. The designs have remained relatively unchanged since the beginning of recorded history in the region and are almost always associated with rain and the fertility and the life giving sustenance it brings. Stylized clouds both in embroidered designs and physical form (large tassles) are common motifs on the simplest and most complex textiles. Shiprock Santa Fe presents Pueblo textiles from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century including banded blankets, embroidered wedding mantas, maiden shawls, rain sashes, early indigo dyed mantas, and other traditional forms. We encourage you to explore this centuries old art of the Pueblos!

Rick Dillingham Early Pottery Selection

March 31, 2014

We are pleased to present a selection of early works by American ceramicist Rick Dillingham. Rick's dedication to Native arts is applauded to this day as he cataloged many Pueblo artists in his well known book "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery." Many of his works were directly inspired by Native American pottery, though it wasn't a limiting factor in his creative career.

Special Collection of Fritz Scholder Lithographs and Monotypes

February 18, 2014

Robert Sweitzer became acquainted with Fritz Scholder during his time in Scottsdale and was introduced by his former girlfriend Lynn Andrews. At the time of their meeting, Fritz’s work was becoming increasingly abstract. Most of the pieces in this collection are landscape oriented and rendered on handmade paper. Sweitzer says of his collection and former relationship to Fritz: “Fritz had a special place in American art and was an American original, never succumbing to the labels attached to him and his work. I feel fortunate to have his art in my collection and to have known him in his later years.” We are pleased to represent this rare collection of monotypes and lithographs by Fritz Scholder (1937-2005).

Ring in the New Year with Shiprock Santa Fe!

December 1, 2013

Fantastic selection of vintage Native American rings

Naughty or Nice, What's Your Fetish?

November 20, 2013

We are proud to offer a selection of fetishes from the collection of Teal McKibben

Autumn Selection of Bangles, Bracelets, and Cuffs

October 1, 2013

Take a look at our incredible selection of bangles, bracelets, and cuffs!

TEXTILES INDIGENES DE MAYO

August 10, 2013

Opening reception August 10th from 5-7pm Save the date for our Indian Market artist reception August 15th from 1-3pm

From the Collection of Teal McKibben

August 10, 2013

This August featured a special collection of drawings and fetishes from the collection of Teal McKibben. Gallery owner Teal McKibben (1928–2006) was vital to establishing the careers of many Native American artists including McKee Platero, Cippy Crazy Horse, and Cody Sanderson. She had a deep knowledge and appreciate for earlier works as well, and one of the foremost collections of Native American jewelry.

Jeff Kahm: Instinct

August 10, 2013

Artist Reception Featuring JEFF KAHM: INSTINCT

Annual Opening Event 2013

August 1, 2013

Each summer Shiprock Santa Fe showcases some of our finest offerings during our Annual Opening Event. Enjoy browsing this selection, kindly contact the gallery for any information!

The Foutz Collection

August 1, 2013

In 2007 Shiprock Santa Fe opened the "Visionary Weavers of Teec Nos Pos" exhibition. Starring many favorites from the Foutz collection, as well as special inventory from Shiprock Santa Fe's collection, this landmark opening brought exceptional examples from this trading post to the public, and sold out immediately. Today we are pleased to present items from the Foutz collection for sale through Shiprock Santa Fe. Neighboring gallery owner James Reid has kindly shared his beautiful space so we can once again present this special works. Enjoy viewing them through our online exhibition or stop by James Reid during your next visit to Santa Fe!

FERAL AT HEART

July 1, 2013

SHIPROCK SANTA FE IS PLEASED TO INVITE YOU TO AN EXHIBITION OF NEW WORK BY PATRICK MEHAFFY FERAL AT HEART OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, JULY 11, 5-7 PM INSTALLED JULY 1-31, 2013

FROM THE MESAS: Arts and Crafts of the Hopi Pueblos

May 22, 2013

A Shiprock Santa Fe online exhibition in celebration of Georgia O'Keeffe Museum exhibition Georgia O'Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land May 17 - September 11, 2013 Currently showing at the O'Keeffe Museum, this beautiful exhibition tells the little-known story of how the New Mexico landscape, and O'Keeffe's introduction to Hispanic and Indigenous art and architecture, inspired a significant shift in her painting. In addition to O'Keeffe's iconic landscapes, it includes newly discovered paintings, and the work of Hopi artists Ramona Sakiestewa and Dan Namingha.

CELEBRATING THE SQUASH BLOSSOM

March 11, 2013

Navajo Silversmiths adapted the naja from the Spanish who brought the Moorish design to the New World in the 1600's. The naja is often featured on Navajo squash blossom necklaces and is a ubiquitous symbol associated with Southwest jewelry design. The meaning behind the naja transcends history for the Navajo and Pueblo artisans and has become a symbol of their celebrations, ceremonies and culture. Shiprock Santa Fe has a variety offerings from the collectible museum quality to affordable fashion design.

Pictorial Weavings

February 13, 2013

NAVAJO PICTORIAL TEXTILES In this exhibition we are featuring a very collectible class of Navajo textiles all with pictorial design elements. The first noted pictorial was created in the 1870’s and was a representation of the American flag. With the establishment of the railroads and numerous Trading Posts weavers were exposed to many new inspirations for their textile designs. Navajo weavers had drawn design ideas from other cultures in the past and with the technology of packaged dye’s weavers were able to produce a unlimited variety of elaborate representational images. These images included cattle brands, animals, letters and numbers, trains, and later, depictions of the Navajo deities as well as elaborate landscapes. We are proud to have such an interesting and diverse collection of pictorials to share with our collectors. Please contact the gallery for further information.

Dyani White Hawk and Phillip Vigil Holiday Event Christmas 2012

December 24, 2012

New works by Lakota artist Dyani Whitehawk. Dyani is a classically trained artist with works in major museum and private collections. Her use of traditional three dimensional materials such as beads and porcupine quills lend a delicacy to her inspired canvases. Phillip Vigil is a self-taught Pueblo artist that brings a modern edge to his colorful works!

August Show Highlights 2012

September 4, 2012

Every August it is our pleasure to highlight our finest gallery offerings with an annual opening. These are some of our favorite pieces from August 2012. We were so fortunate this year to be able to represent such exceptional works of art.

Leather Legacy: Aaron Lopez

July 12, 2012

FEATURING UNIQUE ONE OF A KIND DESIGNS BY MIXTEC ARTISAN AARON LOPEZ BAUTISTA WORN BY LOCALS AND CELEBRITIES ALIKE STOP IN TO BROWSE AND TRY ON AARON'S SPECIAL CREATIONS!

Spring 2012 BELT BUCKLES

May 15, 2012

Our ever changing selection of jewelry and accessories is at it's prime with these amazing offerings. Please contact the gallery to purchase anything you see in this exhibition!

Annual Opening Event, August 2011

August 13, 2011

The highlight of our gallery exhibitions, we are pleased to present our finest offerings for sale during the month of August. 2011 was notable for an alluring display of Child's Blankets and a collection of Vintage Child's Bracelets.

Both Man and Bird and Beast, Summer 2011

July 1, 2011

New works by Santa Fe artist Patrick Mehaffy.

Revolt, Summer 2010

August 1, 2010

New works by Cochiti Pueblo potter Virgil Ortiz.

Vagabond, Summer 2009

August 1, 2009

New works by Cochiti Pueblo potter Virgil Ortiz.

Equus Antiquus, Spring 2009

May 1, 2009

New works by Santa Fe artist Patrick Mehaffy.

Legendary Loloma, Summer 2007

August 1, 2007

An exhibition featuring over 60 works by legendary Hopi Pueblo jeweler Charles Loloma. Shiprock Santa Fe collaborated with three additional art dealers to present this landmark show and sale.

The Visionary Weavers of Teec Nos Pos

August 1, 2007

Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present our Second Annual Exhibition and sale of extraordinary Native American textiles. This showing represents pieces from the Foutz Family collection as well as recent acquisitions to Shiprock Santa Fe. The weavers at Teec Nos Pos were influenced by Oriental textiles, and have translated the Eastern influences into weavings with complex patterns surrounded by intricate, and some times multiple borders. The design fields are comprised of elaborate geometric patterns that could only be accomplished by some of the best technicians and artists. We hope you enjoy the rarity and exquisite beauty of the textiles in this exhibition.

Ben Rouzie

May 23, 2017