The beginning of 2019 brought an item by item inventory to our 48-year-old gallery and special jewelry finds abounded in this impressive and extensive collection – finds that, for collectors, will impress beyond measure! Our special “Native American Jewelry Showcase” opens 1st Friday with a reception from 5-8 p.m. to offer unexpected opportunities and courtesies that will make the acquiring of remarkable jewelry pieces by top jewelers more possible than ever. Masterful works by over twenty artists are featured including: Danny Romero, Kenny Aguilar, Vernon A. Begaye, Veronica Yellowhorse, Cody Hunter, Abraham Begay, Robert Taylor, Ric Charlie and Hank Whitethorne.
The rare inlay portrait belt buckle by Danny Romero is more art piece than wearable art – though for the right collector with the right special occasion, it may warrant being taken from its shadowbox. Romero was one of only five silversmiths invited to the Night of the First Americans at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and is exhibited in museums in the U.S., Germany, Japan and Canada. Unusual shapes define the inlay cuffs by Abraham Begay and Hank Whitethorne, the former with his geometric angles, the latter with undulating curves.
Rings, belt buckles and cuffs offer 14k gold as well as sterling silver. Traditional stories are revealed in storyteller cuffs, with designs on both the outside and secret designs on the interiors. Yes, a collector’s paradise for certain! All are invited to the 1st Friday opening reception to peruse the special opportunities in person. The exhibition runs throughout March.