AIS bids farewell to Myron Panteah

image001The Native American arts world lost one of its brightest stars in March (2016) with the passing of Navajo/Zuni artist Myron Panteah. Myron’s exquisite jewelry never failed to bring amazement to those saw it. The void left by his passing will be keenly felt. We were blessed to have known Myron and be counted among his friends; his personable and fun-loving nature was truly uplifting. We miss him so very much.

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Be sure to come by and see what’s new in southwest jewelry and art!

Holiday Greetings!

We’re on the road again, headed your way with a huge inventory stocked with lots of great items for your holiday shopping (and to treat yourself!). We will have a large variety of pins, pendants, rings, earrings, small necklace and earring sets, key rings, money clips, golf ball markers, buckles, bolos, bracelets and more. As we go to press, the buying continues and we’ll be on the lookout for some nice hat bands and a few pair of cuff links as well.

Our first trip out to buy jewelry for this show series was a great success! Among the many treasures found were an intricate Wilbert Manning raised inlay ring (stunning!), an Edith Tsabetsaye spectacular turquoise needle point ring, colorful and fun Santo Domingo necklaces and earrings as well as a beautiful purple spiny oyster shell necklace and several great turquoise and shell necklaces. Mary Coriz made a few new chokers and several of her beautiful multi strand shell necklaces. We have added to our great selection of Zuni inlayed pins with dragonflies, butterflies, birds, flowers and sun face designs. Other not-to-be missed inlay works include a pin/pendant and a bracelet from Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello with Avanyu (the water serpent) on them which we acquired on one of our trips to Zuni. Many artists have started adding a ring to the back of their pins so they can be worn as either a pin or a pendant. We love the versatility of these two-in-one pieces!

Before we returned home from the last show series, Tamara purchased two new necklaces from Mary Tom and an award-winning work from Nelson Begay (Mary Tom’s brother). Mary created a beautiful graduated bead necklace featuring her hammered beads alternating with her smooth, polished rondelle beads and a gorgeous onyx and silver necklace. Nelson’s impressive reversible squash blossom necklace took a 2nd place ribbon at Santa Fe Indian Market so we just had to have it! Eric later came across a magnificent inlay bolo by Ervin Tsosie that took a first place ribbon at Gallup Ceremonial in August. Be sure to come by and see these gorgeous works of art!

Alton Bedonie and Kee Yazzie have already been by and we picked up some great pieces from them, one of which is a beautiful multi-stone, multi color necklace by Alton (which we helped design). We still have many artists to see as we go to press, including Myron Panteah, Bruce Hodgins, Jack Tom, Steven Arviso, Sunshine Reeves and many more so we expect to add more stunning one-of-a-kind pieces to an already impressive inventory.

See you at the show!


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Michelle Sands: June 17, 1967 – September 10, 2015

Michelle SandsIt is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to a beautiful member of the Americana Indian Shows family. On September 10, 2015, Michelle Sands lost her 4 ½-year battle to cancer.

We will cherish the many memories we have of her and will miss her so much.

Her determined fight was an inspiration to those around her. That she could think of and give to others during those tough years is a lesson from which we can all learn about how we treat each other and how to better live our own lives.

Michelle was a genuine and loving person who took a special interest in everyone she met. When told last December that her cancer had returned, she went for a walk to clear her mind and when she didn’t return to the CTRC the medical staff became concerned and began searching for her; they found her comforting another patient who’d just received the same news. Unable to continue her job, she instead kept busy crocheting hats for patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Cancer Treatment and Research Center of San Antonio, TX. Michelle even continued traveling with AIS, helping as she could and inspiring us all with her positive attitude through it all. We were so blessed to have had her in our lives.

Rest in peace, Michelle. We love you and miss you.

Michelle requested that there be no flowers; instead contributions are welcome and may be made to:

Office of Development
MC 7835 UT Health Services Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900

Please note on memo line: In Memory of Michelle Sands – Cancer Research

A memorial service will be held at the Community Bible Church in Bulverde, TX, and is open to all:

Saturday, Oct 24, 2015
11:45 AM – 1:00 PM

Community Bible Church Spring Branch/Bulverde
7100 US-281
Spring Branch, TX 78070

We invite you to share your thoughts and memories of Michelle on her guestbook.

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Hopi carved pieces from award winning artists

We have a very nice selection of Hopi carved pieces, many from award winning artists. Recently I picked up a few mid-size kachinas from Raymond Chee to add to the remaining miniatures from our last cycle. On consignment is a great Ahola and Eototo set carved by Leon Dallas as well as a wonderful Sun Kachina. Jeremy Lanza has brought in a couple of mid sized pieces which are very reasonably priced for their size. We have many others, including work from Laurence Dallas, Sterling McRay, Duwayne Chee, Wayne Poleahla and many others.

Marvin Toya has carved up another batch of small alabaster pieces, giving us a splendid selection of stone sculptures from which to choose.

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Spectacular rugs from the Teec Nos Pos, Ship Rock, and Farmington areas

We picked up some spectacular rugs from the Teec Nos Pos, Ship Rock, and Farmington areas. We have another beautiful Teec Nos Pos rug by Sara George, several great colorful Burnt Water weavings and a very nice Chief pattern style weaving by multi award winning weaver Janice Van Winkle. Additionally, you’ll have a rare opportunity to add to your collection a very fine Della Woody Yei Bi Chei tapestry weaving we obtained recently from a close family friend. This tapestry has a weft count between 100 and 120 depending on the color of the wool that was used. It is a magnificent piece of work! As we go to press, I will also be picking up rugs from Bill Malone in Gallup before we head your way. In all, we will have a very nice selection rugs as well as some Navajo pillow sets by Sally Arviso.

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Things are looking very good for Native American jewelry in 2015

Spring fashions are out and things are looking very good for Native American jewelry this year. It seems people are catching on to the beauty of Native American handmade jewelry and are eager to support American-made products. Look around and you’ll notice the renaissance of turquoise jewelry in fashion magazines, on TV newscasters and in Hollywood. The March and April issues of Cowboys and Indians feature lots of great jewelry. Models were sporting multiple silver bead necklaces in combinations with strands of turquoise of other multi strand necklaces. Big, beautiful cluster style turquoise and spiny oyster shell necklaces as well as gorgeous concho belts were also featured. March’s issue showcased pieces by Daryl Dean Begay, Leon Martinez, Guy Hoskie, Sunshine Reeves, Aaron Anderson and Alton Bedonie — all artists whose work we carry! It was great to see their work featured in the magazine, although Alton’s spiny oyster shell and silver bracelet was mislabeled as “Anthony Bedonie.” Because of this typo, Cowboys and Indians promised to feature one of his pieces in another issue this year (and correctly identify him).

After a tough winter, we’re happy to herald the arrival of spring with necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more in a celebration of cheerful colors such as orange, red and purple spiny oyster shell, coral, sugilite charoite, lapis, white buffalo, onyx, gaspeite, boulder turquoise and more. Of course we will also have a vast array of all the beautiful shades of turquoise, from pale barely-there blue to bright, intense blue as well as varying shades of green!

In anticipation of warmer weather, there will be a great selection of shorter neckwear as well as an excellent selection of silver bead necklaces and multi strand necklaces. We have asked Alton Bedonie to make some choker length necklaces using lapis, spiny oyster shell and turquoise and are looking forward to seeing what he comes up with. We are hoping to have at least one of each color by the time we leave for this series. Gerald Lomaventema came by and we were thrilled to purchase two bracelets, a necklace, two pair of earrings and a buckle. Gerald won the Best of Jewelry award at the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market, and his work has been in demand. He uses a very difficult method of jewelry making by combining tufa cast with overlay work. As his work has been in short supply, we were happy to be able to secure some of his pieces this time around. During one of our buying trips to Gallup we met with Steven Arviso and purchased some of his super cool bracelets. He calls his heavy wide bracelet the “optical illusion style.” This bracelet actually looks like it is getting wider as you rotate it. A must see — it’s mesmerizing!

For this series, we also obtained some great Zuni jewelry, including a magnificent pair of earrings by Connie Seowtewa showcasing her exquisite petit-point work. In fact, we added lots of great new styles of Zuni jewelry this time! Navajo artists from Stone Weaver have also been very busy and we have a nice new selection of their jewelry as well as great new works from Bruce Hodgins, Mary Tom, Kee Yazzie, Nelson Begay, and Myron Panteah.

I think this is going to be a banner year for southwest jewelry!

See you at the show!


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Navajo rugs and sandpaintings for our 2014 holiday shows

Navajo Rugs

At the end of the summer, we picked up some spectacular rugs from the Teec Nos Pos trading post, so we have a great selection from this area for our holiday series. We will also be picking up rugs from Bill Malone in Gallup before we head your way and plan to have a nice selection of the smaller weavings as well, which are great to put on tables or use for display with pottery or kachinas. These smaller weavings also make great gifts. Another popular item is the Navajo pillow set made by Sally Arviso. We have requested more from her and are hoping to have at least two or three sets by show time.

Sand Paintings

On our buying trips to the Ship Rock area, we obtained several very nice and finely detailed sand paintings with excellent matting work. We also picked up a nice selection of smaller sand paintings, as well as some of the small boxes with sand-painted lids. These make great accent pieces and very nice gifts too.

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What’s new in katsinas and sculptures for the holidays

The Katsina are preparing to return to their home inside the San Francisco Peaks for the end of the year. The Hopi are focusing on keeping their homes warm and working on dance attire for the coming return ceremonies. Despite the resulting slowing of artwork, we have continued to purchase what pieces do trickle into Flagstaff. Not to worry — the quality is superb as always. Current pieces include new works from Raymond Chee, Laurence Dallas, Jeremy Lanza, and Silas Roy.

Alabaster sculptor Marvin Toya has crafted a few more stone pieces for us in a variety of sizes for whatever your holiday budget might be. We will also have some Navajo carved pieces to round out our sculpture and katsina inventory for the holiday season.

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More about our holiday inventory: Pottery

We have a very nice selection of pottery to fit into your holiday budget, from inexpensive yet beautiful horsehair pieces to hand-coiled pots crafted by award-winning artists.

There will be a large quantity of hand-etched ollas and vases on hand, as well as the popular lizard themed Zuni pots and some new pieces with shapes that are not commonly found. We have several pieces depicting bears, buffalo, hummingbirds and eagles, which are crafted by Navajo artists and make unique decorative gifts. Some of the artists represented in our inventory will be Glendora Daubs, Dennis and Patricia Daubs, Loretta Navasie, Mary Lucero, Maria Martinez, Franklin Peters, Diane Lewis, and many more.

As always, we have a great selection of impressive pottery for your home decorating, collecting or gift-giving. Whether you want a molded or hand-coiled piece, we have something that’s sure to please.

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Jewelry for the 2014 holiday season

Our 2014 holiday season show series begins with a new and fantastic selection of fall-inspired designs as well as a great selection of gift ideas. As we go to press, our buying continues with a focus on purchasing longer neckwear as well as a nice complement of long sterling silver chains and handmade silver beads.

In our quest for purple color, we have enlisted the skills of Alton Bedonie to create a charoite necklace and possibly a few pendants. He just completed a gorgeous pietersite necklace and a spectacular heavy silver bracelet and is currently working on a multi-stone necklace with lapis, larimar, pietersite and red, orange, and purple spiny oyster shell. Kee Yazzie is making us one of his beautiful 14kt gold and sterling silver bracelets like the one (his work) that is featured in the book Changing Hands — Contemporary Native American Art by Ellen Taubman and the Indian Market issue of Southwest Art magazine. Jack Tom stopped by and we purchased two of his great necklaces and one of his hard to get bolo ties. He doesn’t make bolo ties often, so we jumped at the chance for this rare piece. We also have a great selection of pendants, link bracelets and chains by Bruce Hodgins to include one pendant with a Turkish druzy stone.

We have some great new pieces from Mary Tom as well as her brother Nelson Begay (who we met at the Navajo show here in Flagstaff this past summer) that include a beautiful coral necklace, a bolo tie and several rings. Sunshine Reeves introduced us to his friend and fellow artist Steven Arviso, whose work is stunning. Sunshine sold us two of his heavy stamped bracelets and we are expecting to purchase more of his jewelry before we begin this show series. From Steven we acquired several buckles and bolos as well as seven or so bracelets, including one fascinating work that Steven calls his “optical illusion” bracelet. It defies description — you have to see this piece in person to understand it!

If you are looking for that special collector piece from Carl Clark, we just obtained one of his rare “ID” style bracelets. As would be expected, this is a stunning piece, and incorporates 1500–1800 stones in its Yei figure mosaic.

We acquired more pieces from a collection that is turning out to be very extensive. This time we were able to get some great amber pieces, including several necklaces and link bracelets from Poland (which are difficult to find these days). We also purchased some great Native American made amber rings and earrings.

We’ll have a nice selection of rhodochrosite jewelry by those wonderful and skilled Navajo artists at First American in Gallup. They have been very prolific with their rhodochrosite works, and we are amazed at the variety of unique designs they continue to come up with. We have also gathered a very nice array of Zuni made earrings, pendants and rings. These make great gifts and are sure to enhance any collection.

See you at the show!

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