June 7th, 2018 Of the Moment: Norbert Peshlakai
June 6, 2018
We are pleased to offer an exquisite collection of seed pots by Navajo silversmith Norbert Peshalakai. The pots in this collection date from the 1990’s, and were exhibited together at the Eerie Art Museum as part of the Kappmeyer collection of Native American art in 1997, and published in the exhibition catalogue “In the Spirit of the Ancestors.” Norbert Peshlakai comes from a long line of Navajo silversmiths, and is known for his entirely unique stamps and for innovating the silver seed pot form. His work is in numerous permanent collections, and is currently the subject of a one-man retrospective, curated by Ken Williams Jr., at the Wheelwright Museum of the Native American in Santa Fe, NM
May 2018 Of the Moment: Butterflies
May 15, 2018
Flowers and trees are in bloom, and the air is heavy with the scent of lilacs and irises. Spring in the high desert is a season of renewal and regeneration. More than any other creature, the butterfly is the perfect symbol of the season. Is it any wonder that Native artists found inspiration in the world around them, and rendered representations of these creatures in precious stones and metals? Zuni artists created exquisite mosaics of inlaid stones and shells while Navajo smiths formed silver to fit their visions of butterflies. This week, we give you a Spring collection for Of the Moment, where you can see the butterflies coming to rest their wings on your fingers, wrists and lapels.
New Mexican Altar Screens
May 9, 2018
Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to announce a public reception and talk by cultural historian, Will Wroth, and an exhibition of important 19th Century Chimayo reredos (altar screens) on May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the gallery.
April 20th, 2018: Of the Moment Native American Baskets
April 20, 2018
Woven from tender willow branches, wild bear grass, cornhusks, yucca fibers, sumac, devils claw, sedge and a variety of other materials, baskets are some of the oldest utilitarian art forms on the planet. Made by almost every North American indigenous tribe, baskets fulfill both practical and spiritual functions. We recently acquired three significant collections of baskets, with objects from the Nuu-chah-nulth tribes in Canada, cornhusk bags from the Nez Perce, California baskets, as well as a large selection from the Southwest including Apache, Hopi and Navajo made pieces. The baskets in these collections are either vintage or antique, and look at home in a contemporary setting. Strong geometric patterns combined with warm organic materials create beautiful objects, which meld with a variety of décor styles. We are honored to expand our purview beyond the Southwest for this collection and exhibit basketry from across the continent.
March 22nd, Of the Moment: Treasures from our Trading Post
March 22, 2018
March 8, 2018 Southwestern Adornment
March 8, 2018
Sometimes, after you have stacked your wrists with bracelets, hung earrings and slung necklaces, you start running out of room for jewelry… this is not a new problem, but is probably familiar to anyone who is a fan of serious ornamentation. The Navajo, being masters of personal adornment, came up with solutions to this problem very early on. You start sewing jewelry on to your clothing, greatly increasing your surface area. Elaborate buttons, blouse decorations and collar tabs are all traditional forms of Navajo silverwork that are often overlooked or unknown to outsiders. We celebrate these forms, as well as the more recent iterations of pins and hatbands as the most perfect example of Southwestern bling: pieces equally at home on a vintage velvet shirt or a new jean jacket.
Feb 22, 2018 Of the Moment
February 22, 2018
In the horse-savvy southwest, saddle blankets were practical, functional pieces of art used and prized by Diné, Anglo and Mexican riders, a necessary accessory for the health and wellbeing of your mount. Saddle blankets do not conform to regional styles, but rather are differentiated by technique or pattern. We have divided this collection into three distinct styles of double saddle blankets: Empty center, twill and double panel. The empty center design style, beginning around the1920’s, concentrates design elements on the visible part of the weaving, the borders that peek out from underneath the saddle. Double panel blankets feature two distinct patterns, allowing for two different designs depending on how the weaving is folded. Twill saddle blankets were perhaps the most widely used, prized by riders for durability and comfort, a perfect mix of functionality and beauty.
Feb 8, 2018 Of the Moment New Mexico Tin Work
February 7, 2018
For this week's “Of the Moment” offering, we focus on a small collection of New Mexico tin frames dating from the early Twentieth century. These pieces represent a moment in time, and are a wonderful example of the ingenuity of folk artists with access to limited materials. Tin cans, window glass and wallpaper were some of the materials brought west along the Santa Fe Trail, and were used to create frames to house European prints distributed by the local parish priests. These frames were made all over New Mexico, but certain styles, like the red and gold reverse painted glass of Isleta Pueblo, became associated with particular regions. We are honored to offer a selection of pieces that speak to a significant moment in New Mexico, and by association, American history.
Jan 25, 2018 Bolos of the Moment
January 25, 2018
Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present an exquisite collection of bolo ties from an important Albuquerque collection. This group was the result of 40 years of careful curating and has something for every type of collector. From fanciful Zuni inlay work to simple, sophisticated bolos, some of the most preeminent Native American artists of the twentieth century are represented in this collection.
Jan 25, 2018 Two Grey Hills of the Moment
January 25, 2018
Jan 11 2018 Tom Emerson of the Moment
January 11, 2018
Santa Fe artist Tom Emerson is known primarily for creating contemporary furniture from found metals, with chairs being his most recognized form. We are pleased to have a number of his original designs, as well as a collection of his found object figures. Emerson has been creating these whimsical miniatures for more than twenty years, using a vast array of found materials- ranging from beer cans to traffic cones to seed pods. Materials are of primary importance, a way to tell a story of place, and a source of inspiration for Emerson. "This furniture I make is meant to be a surprise. If I can surprise myself, I feel assured that surprise will continue in the viewer. First, I find the material. My eyes tell me of the surprise in this first instance. I see the unusual color or the patina or the shape. I follow the surprise of this discovery with a gentle coaxing of design. I "see" the finished piece; it always comes as a surprise ending. Suddenly it is there. The labor of execution is the last persistent interpreter of surprise. The structure has its own demands and usually offers the best method of expressing the minutiae of design. These little surprises of completion are the same as the first surprises of discovery. There is one thing manifesting. The mystery from beginning to end is the same."
Dec 28, 2017: Of The Moment Rio Grande Blankets
December 28, 2017
The Hispanic villages along the Rio Grande were some of the most isolated and remote parts of Mexico after her independence from Spain, and this isolation continued into the 20th century after the area became a United States territory. This remoteness led to an independence of spirit and the absence of trade led to the necessary creation of cottage industries, such as weaving. While Navajo weaving is the most known in the Southwest, the blankets produced by Spanish American settlers in this region have their own distinct beauty. Woven using the same types of wool as the Navajo, these utilitarian textiles were made using a treadle loom which produced two long pieces which were then stitched together, and would have been found draped over the beds of adobe homesteads up and down the Rio Grande. These blankets, often of the simplest, banded design, continued to be produced into the 1920s, and were the precursor to the Chimayo weaving tradition which continues to this day.
December 20th: New Work by Keri Ataumbi
December 20, 2017
Dec 14, 2017: Of The Moment Small and Unusual Things
December 14, 2017
In anticipation of this upcoming holiday season, we have put together a collection of small and unusual pieces which make perfect gifts. From serving ware to pill boxes, we all know that the best gifts come in small packages. Looking for the consummate collector or the perfect hostess gift? A silver spoon stocking stuffer or a Navajo candle snuffer for the menorah? These vintage pieces are steeped in history, and are a welcome respite from the fast-paced, technological landscape in which most of us spend our days. This holiday season, give the gift of handmade, vintage gifts that harken back to a quieter, simpler time.
December 14th, 2017: Eveli
December 14, 2017
November 2017: Kenneth Johnson
November 30, 2017
November 16th, 2017 Of the Moment: Navajo Naturals
November 16, 2017
The nights are longer, the temperatures are dropping, and a dusting of snow covers the Sangre de Cristo mountains. It is the time of year for chilly morning walks along arroyos, and for evenings spent staring at the flames licking pinon logs in the fireplace. The colors of the countryside have become more subdued and calmness prevails. For this weeks Of The Moment collection, we focus on Navajo naturals, the weavings woven using only natural wools. From soft, carded gray twills to striking black and white optical illusions, we consider these textiles to be some of the most versatile, and can pack a hefty, graphic punch for interiors. The weavings in this collection date from the 1890’s to the 1950’s, and styles range from Transitionals to Two Grey Hills.
November 2017 Keri Ataumbi
November 3, 2017
October 2017 Zuni Inlay
October 24, 2017
October 2017, Will Evans
October 19, 2017
Will Evans (1877-1954) was the owner of the trading post in Shiprock, New Mexico from 1917 to 1948, and from there it passed on to another family with a long history in the region, the Foutzes. Evans was fascinated with Navajo ceremonial art, attended countless ceremonies and sings and was allowed to sketch images from sand paintings, which served as the inspiration for his painted objects. He had a seemingly insatiable thirst to paint; he decorated the interior and exterior of the Shiprock Trading Post, chairs, tables, picture frames, whiskey bottles and coffee cans, and was even known to adorn the shells of his children’s pet turtles. A self taught artist, he worked as a coal miner and farmer in the Four Corners region before becoming an Indian trader. Over the course of his life, he also served as a state legislator, a recorder of oral histories, and as City Police Judge. His work has been the subject of a show at the Farmington Museum “Will Evans and the Navajo” and his interviews of neighbors and friends formed the backbone of the book “ Along Navajo Trails.” Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to present a collection of folk art by a true American original, whose colorfully painted objects are perfectly evocative of a bygone era.
Oct 5,2017 Coral in the Desert
October 5, 2017
While turquoise is the material that comes to mind when many people think of Native jewelry, many first time visitors to the southwest are surprised by the amount of red in Navajo and Pueblo jewelry. The reason for the disconnect is not hard to understand, as New Mexico is hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but there is a long tradition of coral and shell being used in southwestern jewelry. While different types of shell has a millennial tradition in the southwest, coral came to the region with the Spanish, and Mediterranean coral continues to be the most common type used. Maybe because it looks so stunning combined with turquoise, or because of its various luminous shades, coral is here to stay and used by Navajo, Pueblo, Hispanic and Anglo artists alike. While some artists sculpt and grind coral into smooth beads and oval cabochons, others let the natural shape of the coral influence their designs, with irregular branches and knobs stretching out to create organic designs. Equally beautiful set in gold or silver, traditional or modern, coral has found a lasting home in the desert.
Sept 21, 2017 Of the Moment
September 21, 2017
September is one of our favorite times of year with the smell of roasting green chile, chamisa in bursting school bus yellow along dusty road ways and arroyos and a crispness in the air. The aspens begin their annual ode to the sun and changing seasons, and for a few gorgeous weeks, the mountains above Santa Fe are crowded with residents and visitors alike marveling at a golden wonderland. We are celebrating this season with the acquisition of an astonishing collection of vintage Navajo textiles in fall colors, the rich oranges and yellows of changing leaves and desert sunsets.
August 31,2017: Of The Moment Zuni Inlay
August 31, 2017
One of the most iconic types of Southwestern jewelry is the exquisite inlay done by the artists of Zuni Pueblo. Using an array of materials such as turquoise, jet, coral and a wide variety of shells, these artists made wearable art depicting life on the reservation.. its wildlife, its dances and ceremonies, and figures from mythology were all rendered in variety of styles like channel inlay, mosaic and stone to stone. The fanciful creations in this collection were created by some of the most renowned lapidary artists of the twentieth century such as Leo Poblano, Lambert Homer, Virgil and Shirley Benn, and Eliot Qualo.
August 2017: Sonwai & Ken Williams Jr.
August 14, 2017
August 2017: Pictorial Textiles
August 8, 2017
For this weeks' Of the Moment, we feature the exquisite Russ Lyon Realty Corporate Collection of Navajo Pictorial Weavings. Painstakingly collected over a period of thirty years, these pieces are some of the earliest representations of Yei figures in Navajo weaving. The weavings in this collection date from between 1910-1935, and feature some truly monumental pieces. Shiprock Santa Fe is honored to be able to present the Lyon collection for sale to the public for the first time.
August 2017 Showstoppers
August 3, 2017
Summer is opera season in Santa Fe, so we put together a few pieces that may not actually stop the show, but will definitely stop people in their tracks. This collection features some of the foremost, desirable jewelers of the twentieth century, with some truly remarkable, early unsigned pieces thrown in for good measure. Whether you are tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera, or attending a gala at the Metropolitan, one of these statement pieces is sure to make jaws drop and heart rates soar.
July 27 2017 Of the moment Monsoons
July 27, 2017
Monsoon Textiles Our current display in the gallery features a wildly exuberant group of weavings dating from the 1880’s-1890s’. All of the textiles in this exhibit are characterized by strong graphics and the powerful use of chevrons as a primary design element. These textiles hail from the Transitional Period, and a number of them are true wedge weaves, also known as pulled warp weavings, where the weft of the weaving would be pulled aside, resulting in slanted weft stripes. This process is repeated, creating a zigzag pattern and often accompanied by scalloped edges. It is impossible to know what the unnamed weavers who made these exquisite textiles were thinking as they wove these patterns. However, for anyone who has spent time looking at the desert sky during a thunderstorm, its easy to believe that the these weavings were inspired by bolts of zigzagging lightning . Let the rains continue.
July 2017: Shell Jewelry
July 20, 2017
Summertime Shell Jewelry For this weeks Of the Moment, we celebrate mid-summer vibes with Pueblo shell jewelry. While it might seem incongruent, desert-dwelling Pueblo people have used sea shells in their jewelry for thousands of years. Some of the earliest pieces of ancient Puebloan jewelry have shell beads brought from the Pacific or the Gulf of Mexico, traded countless times and carried thousands of miles to reach their destination. This collection features pieces dating from the early to the middle of the 20th century, with a variety of shells used imaginatively by Pueblo artisans. These pieces looks equally appropriate worn at the beach, or in the high desert
July 2017 Keri Ataumbi
July 13, 2017
For her newest collection “From my studio: Feathers to Diamonds”, jeweler Keri Ataumbi draws inspiration from traditional Kiowa adornment. Ataumbi uses materials time-honored by Native peoples, such as porcupine hairs, feathers, seeds and brain-tanned hide. She combines these with gold, pearls and rubies along with other materials historically found in western jewelry. By combining these mediums, she is creating a narrative which challenges culturally held notions of value.
July 2017: Robert Lee Morris
July 6, 2017
June 2017: Teaspoons
June 29, 2017
The clink of ice in the glass, condensation cascading down the sides, freshened with lemon and just a hint of sugar; is there anything more refreshing than an iced tea on a hot summer day? In celebration of summer refreshments, this week’s Of the Moment places summers’ favorite drink in the limelight with vintage Navajo iced teaspoons, a perfect accompaniment to a perfectly appointed table. Navajo silversmiths made a plethora of different items to market to tourists sojourning their way through the Southwest. Bracelets, pill boxes, salt shakers and souvenir spoons (not to mention jewelry), were just some of the items produced. Nothing, however, feels more appropriate for the long hot days of summer than a graceful, long handled iced teaspoon.
June 2017 Itsy Bitsy
June 22, 2017
June 2017: Heishi
June 14, 2017
Heishi means “shell bead” in Keres, the language spoken at Santo Domingo Pueblo, but the word has come to mean any drilled and rolled bead, be it brown pen shell, white clam shell, turquoise or coral. Traditionally hand-rolled against a hard surface to shape them, the smaller the bead, the more patience and skill required. One of the best makers of heishi was Charles Lovato (1937-1987), who has been credited with revolutionizing bead making at Santo Domingo Pueblo. Lovato, an accomplished painter, poet and jeweler, was also instrumental in incorporating non-traditional materials such as gold and lapis into Santo Domingo jewelry. His skill at jewelry making was recognized with a posthumous show at the Wheelwright Museum in 1991, honoring him and Charles Loloma as innovators in jewelry making. Lovato was the first artist to use a combination of different materials to create an ombre effect, an exquisite and subtle gradation of color in his heishi necklaces. This labor intensive style was later adopted by other artists, and can be seen in other necklaces in this collection. When worn, heishi moves wonderfully against the body, and looks best against sun kissed, summer warmed skin.
June 2017: Fritz Scholder
June 8, 2017
Fritz Scholder is one of the most sought after Native American artists of the late twentieth Century, and was a study in contrasts and controversies. Althougha registered member of the Luiseno tribe of California, he didn’t often identify as Native American. His subject matter covered a range of themes, but it is his pieces, which explored the intersection of mainstream American culture and Native peoples, that remains most strongly associated with his name and which stirred up the most controversy. His bold use of color and his fluid expressionist lines make his work instantly recognizable, whether it is a painting, a bronze or a print. For this weeks Of the Moment, we celebrate Fritz Scholder. His work, although made in the end of the last century, remains impactful and relevant to this day.
May 2017 - Jesse Monongya
June 1, 2017
Norbert Peshlakai - May 2017
May 25, 2017
Norbert has been creating silver pots, bracelets, buckles, and pendants since the 1970's. Many of his pieces tell stories in original imagery, and he is credited with creating a new form, silver pots and jars shaped like pottery. He describes his more current work as sort of bumpy and rough, not a high polished look, but something more unfinished and earthy. Peshlakai is the Navajo word for silversmith.
Nathan Hart - May 2017
May 25, 2017
Nathan Hart is a contemporary Cheyenne artist from Oklahoma. His primary artistic focus is creating wood vessels. The vessels are hollow-form pieces that beautifully highlight the natural elegance of the wood. Hart uses different types of wood including (but not limited to) Maple, Ash, Walnut, Birch, and Pine. He is especially drawn to burls, which is a highly figured and twisted wood. These pieces of wood are notoriously difficult to work with because of their high tendency to split and break. Some of Hart’s pieces take months to complete.
May 16, 2017 of the moment
May 17, 2017
This week’s inspiration comes on a breeze of spring air, filled with the scent of irises. Our favorite “new neutral," faded pink, found in this small collection of handmade textiles. Like Momo Coral, found only in the Sea of Japan, this hue can only be achieved from minimal exposure to just the right light. Well loved weavings, soft to the hand and easy on the eyes, vintage and handwoven, so very Of The Moment.
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.
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.