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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New pottery, kachinas, and paintings for fall

Pottery

With the ever-changing weather of the southwest’s monsoons, firing of ceramics can be tricky. Nevertheless, we have been able to acquire some very nice new pieces as artists forge ahead and prepare for the years peak in competition at Indian Market. We have a nice selection of pieces from Pauline Estevan, Franklin Peters, Wilfred Garcia, Emma and Marcella Yepa, Patricia Daubs, Sandra Victorino, Diane Lewis, Marilyn Ray, Carolyn Lucero, and Mary Lucero, as well as a piece each by Maria Martinez, Tonita Roybal, Joy Navasie (2nd Frog Woman) and Helen Naha (Feather Woman). 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.

Kachinas

Summertime holds some of the most festive of Hopi dances. It is a time of celebration and happiness, crops are coming in, monsoon rains are falling, the new crop of livestock is reaching maturity and there are family homecomings. We will have several different Kachinas that are associated with the season and its events. For example, the marsh kachina, who represents the newly formed ponds created by the monsoon rains, fishing Mudheads, dancing Mudheads, animal Kachinas plus others are all inspired by this most prosperous time of year and the weather that brings it. In addition to the Hopi Kachinas, Raymond Chee has carved for us some dancers associated with Apache and Navajo culture such as the Yei-Be-Chei and mountain spirit dancers as well as a very nice Hunting Owl. Marvin Toya also carved a couple of new alabaster sculptures for us — a corn spirit and an eagle.

Sand Paintings

This summer presented us with a nice opportunity to meet some new artists and pick up some great pieces from them. On a recent buying trip to the Ship Rock area we obtained several very nice fine detailed sand paintings with excellent matting work as well as a nice selection of the smaller sand paintings which make great accent pieces and very nice gifts. We also made a stop at the famed Teec Nos Pos trading post to select some of their Navajo rugs for this show series. As well, earlier this summer we were able to purchase another set of much soughtafter Navajo rug pillows, five finely detailed tiny Navajo rugs (3”by 5”) and a very nice Two Grey Hills eye dazzler by Verna Begay. In addition, Bill Malone has once again promised to provide us with a great selection of his Navajo rugs for this show series. A new acquaintance, Nelson Begay’s wife Mary Lou, showed us some photos of a gorgeous rug she was currently working on, which she was trying to have completed in time for the Museum of Northern Arizona Navajo show. As we go to press the show has not yet taken place, but we’re hoping to be able to purchase it from her afterwards.

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Summer / fall jewelry inventory — what’s new

Our summer buying season was off to a great start, with eight fantastic new necklaces by Mary Tom, four of which include various colors of spiny oyster shell, two in all sterling silver and two with coral cabochons. Alton Bedonie has been by many times with new jewelry. He continued his adventurous foray into the world of exotic stones with a masterpiece Larimar bolo tie, several pietersite rings and a gorgeous wide larimar bracelet. Upon showing Alton a bracelet that his nephew Tom, Jim had created back in the late 1990s, Alton was very impressed and asked if I would like him to create an all-silver bracelet. The answer was “yes — two would be nice”! He returned a couple of weeks later with an incredibly beautiful, very heavy (6.9oz), wide (1 & 3/16”) — super cool bracelet. He said the second bracelet will be slightly smaller, almost as wide and just as “super cool.” Alton is also working on a pietersite necklace as well and possibly a charoite necklace, and a unique multi-stone, multicolored necklace.

Bruce Hodgins also came by with some of his beautiful, contemporary jewelry. We purchased several pendants, one of which has a Turkish druzy quartz stone. The other pendants are silver with pietersite and lapis and Montana agate with peridot. We picked up some more of his handmade chains as well as two of his heavy chain-mail style bracelets. Bruce also made us some of his silver Hopi overlay band rings along with two pietersite rings. I saw Myron Panteah at the beginning of the summer and he had just come up with a new style of wide bracelet, so we bought four. Now that he has started working again we hope to have more of his wonderful jewelry by the start of our show series.

We dug deep and purchased another beautiful bracelet by Vernon Haskie and a bolo tie that can only be described as “spectacular.” We also purchased another bracelet by Rebecca Begay with Lone Mtn. turquoise. We are expecting she will win quite a few awards at the Santa Fe Indian market, so this is your chance to own her exquisite work before prices potentially go up.

On another of our buying trips, we picked up some very nice Santo Domingo necklaces including several by Daniel Coriz. Also acquired were several multi strand nugget necklaces made with Mojave green turquoise (dyed Kingman turquoise), which is an affordable alternative to Gaspésie. We also obtained a beautiful Harlen Coonsis knife wing dancer necklace with multi colored stones. Nelson Begay (Mary Tom’s and Steven Begay’s brother) stopped by and we bought several of his pieces. We hope to have more jewelry from him after the Navajo show in Flagstaff. Given what we’ve already acquired, you are sure to be wowed by the spectacular selection of jewelry we will have in our showroom this fall.

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Farewell to Bart Leggett

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to a dear member of the AIS family.  On July 7, 2014, Bart Leggett passed away unexpectedly.  Bart became a member of our family in the late 70’s when he began working with Lee, Arvid, and Wayne, and quickly became a close friend who could always be relied upon for a helping hand.  Whether working a show, or hanging out with the guys during “off” time, his spirit and fun-loving nature made him a joy to be around.  Bart was a genuine guy who was never afraid to give his opinion or “tell it like it is” — a trait that endeared him to us.  We will miss him so much.

Services will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home (9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA, 22032) on Thursday July 24, 2014, open to all who wish to pay their respects. 12:00–1:00 PM visitation, followed by service at 1:00 PM.

Link to Bart’s obituary

Bart with a jackalope

Bart with a jackalope

Bart and Lee in Montana, May 1987

Bart and Lee in Montana, May 1987

Bart and Lee in Montana, May 1987

Bart and Lee in Montana, May 1987

Bart with AIS

Bart with AIS

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Pottery, Katsinas, Rugs, & More at Our Denver Show

Pottery

Recently we acquired a few older Hopi polychrome pieces. These include a Helen Naha (Feather Woman) vase, a Joy Navasie (Second Frog Woman) bowl, and a seed pot by Maynard and Veronica Navasie (Frog Woman family). Also available are an Acoma seed pot with Mimbres-style animals by Rachel Concho and Acoma seed pots by Dianne Lewis. There will also be a nice selection of Navajo horsehair pottery as well as etched pieces for sale. As some of the colorful Mata Ortiz pots become available, we will be hand-selecting several unique shapes and decorated pieces. As always, we have a great selection of impressive pottery for your home decorating. Whether you want a molded or hand coiled piece, we have something that’s sure to please.

Sculpture & Katsinas

With the arrival of spring, the kachinas have returned from their mountain home to once again live among the Hopi. Carvers have already begun calling us with new pieces for sale. Expect to see sun, butterfly, dust devil, rain-bringing, and other kachinas related to the spring ceremonies. Despite working 60 hour weeks at a power plant for the last two months, Raymond Chee created a few sculptures for us (for which we are very grateful!), including some Navajo Yei-Be-Chei, and Laurence Dallas is once again carving after the passing away of his gentle and kind father. We will have some of his new work on hand. At this writing, we are working hard to gather as many fetish critters as possible and are looking for pieces in new and different materials.

Sand Paintings & Art

During the holiday shows, the new work by Sammy Myerson was once again a big hit. Sammy’s ability to present true traditional Navajo themes in such a contemporary form is second to none. If you have yet to see his new work, you are missing out! We will be looking to add new work by Joe Ben Jr., Baatsoslanii Joe and Bilson Kee, to name a few. We will also be offering a few select pieces for SHOW SPECIAL pricing. This is your opportunity to acquire competition quality pieces at prices WELL BELLOW retail (LOOK FOR THE SPECIAL TAGS). Carol Lee Thompson stole the show when it came to framed originals. We sold six of her fine pieces during our holiday shows as well as framed prints. Currently we have two of her impressive originals so, if you are a fan, don’t miss out!

Rugs

Weavings not much larger than 3 feet by 5 feet are in demand, so we will continue to focus our attention on these sizes. Two such weavings in stock include a beautiful 26” x 36” Tree of Life by Vanna Benally and a 36” x 44” Two Grey Hills color eye dazzler by Verna Begay. If you are looking for small accent pieces for tabletops and the like, we have been finding some very nice small weavings for this. They look great on a table under a piece of pottery or alabaster / bronze sculpture. We are usually able to have 10 to 12 of these pieces in inventory. Additional accent pieces include two Navajo rug pillow sets by Sally Arviso that will brighten up your favorite furniture. Thank you all again for a great 2013 and your continued support of the fine art and weavings that we bring you!

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Great New Jewelry at Our Upcoming Denver Show

Spring is finally here and with it new jewelry collections to complement your spring fashions!

Americana Indian Shows thanks you all for your support in 2013 — we look forward to seeing you in Highlands Ranch this month! Upon returning to Flagstaff after a wintry tour of the east coast, we visited with several artists who dropped by to see us with their new creations. Jack Tom came by with four of his shorter style necklaces, one of which he set with a lovely piece of Bisbee turquoise we provided him. He titled this gorgeous necklace “Turquoise Woman.”

Bruce Hodgins stopped by with his wonderful creations as well from which we purchased several pendants, two rings, and five beautiful link bracelets with exotic stones such as Montana agate, lapis, and carnelian. He promised to be back with some of his handmade silver chains, which will add to the nice selection of Italian chains we have built up for this show. Premier gold smith Brian Clark made two 14kt gold rings — one a heavy mans ring (over 1 oz) with gem-grade Bisbee turquoise and the other a stunning creation in 14kt gold, black Australian opal and diamonds. On our buying trips to Gallup and Zuni, we met with Vernon Haskie and were lucky enough to obtain two more of his incredible works of art, one of which is a wide multi-stone inlay bracelet and the other a drop-dead gorgeous belt buckle. For you purple lovers, we also have a stunning Vernon Haskie gel-sugilite-inlay bracelet. Another great find includes a must-see belt buckle by Santa Fe Indian Market award-winner Darrel Dean Begay as well as a bolo and bracelet by his brother Lee Begay. Our selection of Zuni inlay work is extensive and includes many nice bird inlay designs. Also included in the Zuni collection is a gorgeous needlepoint coral necklace by Brant Waatsa Jr., which took an honorable mention ribbon at the 2013 Gallup Ceremonial.

In our down time, we made some stone bead necklaces of Argentinean agate, tiger eye, Amazonite, carnelian, and green garnet, which are nicely accented with silver beads and finished with nice big sterling silver hook and eyes. Great worn alone or to give a unique accent to a favorite pendant!

At last year’s November and December show series we saw a healthy demand for the blue cluster style and multi stone style jewelry as well as for Larimar and light blue Dry Creek turquoise pieces. We hope to have a nice selection of these styles from which to choose.

From several collections we picked up a great 1950s–early 1960s Zuni needlepoint bracelet, an Andres Quandelacy fetish necklace, a three-piece set by Mary Marie Lincoln Yazzie featuring all Lone Mountain turquoise, a lovely ring by Lee Yazzie, earrings by Howard Nelson, a Dan Jackson bracelet, two rings by Kee Nez, a 1980s all-silver rainbow Yei squash blossom necklace by Francis Jones, a sterling silver bolo by Thomas Byrd with 14kt gold accents, and a rare Ray Tracey bracelet of hefty weight in sterling silver.

Other top-notch artists whose work will be featured at this show are Carl and Irene Clark, Jessie Monongye, Howard Nelson, Harrison Jim, Charlene Reano, Richard Tsosie, Sunshine Reeves, Derrick and Delbert Gordon, Andy and Darrell Cadman, Darryl Becenti, Albert Jake, Sunshine Reeves, La Rose Ganadonegro, Geneva Apachito, Harlen Coonsis, William Vandever, Wilbert Manning, Fadrian Bowannie, Leon Martinez, Ruddell and Nancy Laconsello, Johnathan Nez, James Bahe, and many more.

We’ll have a fantastic selection of gifts (Mother’s Day is right around the corner!) and very collectible pieces to fit any budget so be sure to stop by and see us! See you at the show!

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More Exciting Artists & Great Deals at Our March Shows: Pottery, Sculptures, Sandpaintings, Rugs, & More!

Pottery

As always, we have a great selection of impressive pottery for your home decorating. Whether you want a molded or hand-coiled piece, we have something for your budget. We have pieces from award-winning artists like Maria Martinez, Wilfred Garcia, Glendora Daubs, Diane Lewis, Tom Tapia, Red Starr, Dennis Daubs and Emma Yepa.

Sculpture & Katsinas

We have a nice selection of large alabaster pieces carved by Marvin Toya as well as several of his smaller pieces. For the Hopi, the Katsinas have returned to their spiritual home but the carvers are still producing detailed representations. We have 60-plus pieces from Lawrence Dallas, Watson Namoki, Wayne Poleahla, Sterling McRae, Henry Fred, Raymond Chee, and many others.

Sandpaintings & Art

During the holiday shows, the new work by Sammy Myerson was once again a big hit. Sammy’s ability to present true traditional Navajo themes in such a contemporary form is second to none. If you have yet to see his new work, you are missing out! We will also be looking to add new work by Joe Ben Jr., Baatsoslanii Joe and Bilson Kee, to name a few. We will also be offering a few select pieces for SHOW SPECIAL pricing. This is your opportunity to acquire competition quality pieces at prices WELL BELLOW retail (LOOK FOR THE SPECIAL TAGS).

Carol Lee Thompson stole the show when it came to framed originals. We sold six of her fine pieces during our holiday shows as well as framed prints. At this writing, Carol is working on several originals for us and I am sure that as always, they will be impressive. If you are a Howard Terpning fan, we will have a custom framed print of the “Healing Power of the Raven Bundle” in inventory. This piece has come from Carol Lee Thompson’s private collection.

Rugs

The holiday shows went very well. We sold a number of very nice weavings as well as pillow sets. We restocked our inventory with pieces from Bill Malone as well as the Winfield family. Weavings not much larger than 3 by 5 feet seem to be the winners so we will continue to focus our attention on these sizes. If you are looking for small accent pieces for tabletops and the like, we have been finding some very nice small weavings for this. They look great on a table under a piece of pottery or alabaster/bronze sculpture. We are usually able to have 10 to 12 of these pieces in inventory. Thank you all again for a great 2013 and your continued support of the fine art and weavings that we bring you!

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