Throughout July, Turquoise Tortoise features a gallery-wide salute to the Native American and Southwest artists who keep this 47-year-old gallery the popular destination gallery it’s become in Northern Arizona. Guests can enjoy wine and appetizers at a 1st Friday reception July 6th, from 5-8 p.m.
Featured is a preview of works by new gallery artist Frank Fowler, Jr. who learned to paint as a child on the Navajo reservation, working with a watercolor kit his mom brought him from a gas station. Now an accomplished Contemporary artist, Fowler's acrylic paintings represent the Navajo culture and land he's been immersed in his whole life.
Showcased also are close to fifty fine artists and jewelers working in a variety of media at the gallery. Highlights include a highly collectible ceremonial warshirt reproduction by the masterful Chuck “Winter Heart” Reddick (1949-2011) which is based on an 1870s Lakota shirt held at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian and is constructed of traditional materials with the meticulous traditional stitching techniques that made Reddick such an extraordinary artist.
Also showcased is the showstopping southwest jewelry by Mummy’s Bundle. A wealth of traditional and contemporary pieces by top Navajo jewelers and silversmiths, as well as those with other tribal affiliations, are also featured, such as: Cody Hunter, Valerie Yellowhorse, Vernon Begaye, Danny Romero, Alice and David Lister, Kenny Aguilar, Michael Horse, and more. Along with prominent painters, sculptors and glass workers.