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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Join Us in Henderson and See Some Great New Jewelry!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Americana Indian Shows thanks you all for your support in 2013. We look forward to seeing you in Henderson this month!

After a 4-week series tour on the snow-bound east coast in February, we are looking forward to our annual visit with you in warm and sunny Las Vegas! We’ve been busy restocking in preparation for this show. While we were in Flagstaff, several artists dropped by with their new jewelry creations. We also made trips to Gallup, Zuni, Winslow, and Albuquerque. This time we concentrated on the longer neckwear and winter fashions. 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.

Alton Bedonie, Kee Yazzie, Bruce Hodgins, Mary Tom, and Jack Tom all provided more of their competition-quality jewelry. Alton made several spectacular turquoise pieces and a nice selection of lapis rings, earrings, and bracelets, while Kee provided some beautiful bolo ties. We purchased some great pieces in Gallup and Zuni to include another very nice all-silver bracelet by Rebecca Begay in a modern on-trend contemporary style. While in 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. We also obtained two very nice bracelets by Monty Claw along with quite a few great new and very colorful Santo Domingo necklaces and earrings. 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.

Through a collection we picked up a great 1950s – early 1960s Zuni needlepoint bracelet, an Andres Quandelacy fetish necklace, and a three-piece set by Marry Marie Lincoln Yazzie featuring all Lone Mountain turquoise. Just in at this writing are some highly collectible pieces: a lovely ring by Lee Yazzie, work by Clarence Lee (d), a rare Ray Tracey bracelet, and a Tom Jim buckle and bolo set.

Some of the other top-notch artists whose work will be featured at this show are Carl and Irene Clark, Jessie Monongye, Howard Nelson, Vernon Haskie, Harrison Jim, Charlene Reano, Brian Clark, 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 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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New Paintings & Show Special Pricing

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.

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Weavings: Smaller is Bigger for 2014

The holiday shows went very well. We sold a number of very nice weavings as well as pillow sets.

We will be restocking our inventory with pieces from Bill Malone as well as the Winfield family. Weavings not much larger than 3 feet 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. In addition, we were able to obtain two sets of Navajo rug pillows as of this writing.

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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Pottery, Sculptures, & Katsinas — What’s New

Pottery. The new year has arrived and 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.

Sculptures / 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, as well as many others

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