Exhibitions featuring Native American art, antiquities begin Aug. 12

SANTA FE, N.M. – Shiprock Santa Fe will host a series of public exhibitions in August. The first opening is Aug. 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The event will feature a selection of historic Native American art, jewelry, and textiles. In addition, Pueblo pottery and a private collection of Navajo pictorial rugs will be on display.

Showcasing Native American Art From Two Collections

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Navajo split wire cuff with five turquoise cabochons, circa 1950’s, in the Santa Fe Gallery. (Photo courtesy Santa Fe Gallery)

Thursday, August 17, from 2 to 4 p.m., an exhibition titled “Indian Market Celebration” will be presented. This event marks the return of Verma Nequatewa/Sonwai (Hopi) and Ken Williams, Jr. (Arapaho/Seneca) to the gallery. Williams and Sonwai will present new Native American art and items from their respective collections. A collaborative handbag featuring the work of both artists is in the showcase.

“Showing at Shiprock Santa Fe is very exciting. It is a chance to show a small collection of what I have been creating…” says Ken Williams Jr. will present a mini-collection (five to six pieces) comprised of cohesive, colorful, fun necklaces, handbags, and a bracelet.

Sonwai is the artistic name used by Verma Nequatewa(Hopi) meaning beautiful. Nequatewa is a master jeweler who works primarily in 18 karat gold and gemstones. Using a variety of inlay and metal-working techniques, Sonwai creates elegant contemporary jewelry for private collectors and museums around the world.

Jewelry Adds to Exhibition Excitement

Yasutomo Kodera of Skystone Trading — a silversmith and renowned turquoise expert — will be at the gallery Aug. 18. with pieces from his Sky Blue Hawk Collection and will be available to identify turquoise stones. Kodera owns the Skystone gallery in Nagano, Japan, which specializes in Native American jewelry and gem-quality turquoise. Sky Blue Hawk is an affordable line of Kodera’s jewelry designs. The collection is carried by Barneys New York, Ginza Japan, and Shiprock Santa Fe.

For more information about the exhibitions of Native American art, antiquities, and jewelry at Shiprock Santa Fe, visit www.shiprocksantafe.com or call 505-983-7599.