EXHIBITIONS

Annual Opening Event 2013

Each summer Shiprock Santa Fe showcases some of our finest offerings during our Annual Opening Event. Enjoy browsing this selection, kindly contact the gallery for any information!

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August 2015: The Foutz Collection of Navajo Headstalls

An unprecedented collection of historic Navajo headstalls collected by Shiprock Santa Fe owner Jed Foutz and his father Ed Foutz.
Ranging in date from 1865 to 1940, these headstalls reflect the evolution of Navajo silver.

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August 2017 Showstoppers

Summer is opera season in Santa Fe, so we put together a few pieces that may not actually stop the show, but will definitely stop people in their tracks.
This collection features some of the foremost, desirable jewelers of the twentieth century, with some truly remarkable, early unsigned pieces thrown in for good measure.
Whether you are tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera, or attending a gala at the Metropolitan, one of these statement pieces is sure to make jaws drop and heart rates soar.

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August 2017: Pictorial Textiles

For this weeks' Of the Moment, we feature the exquisite Russ Lyon Realty Corporate Collection of Navajo Pictorial Weavings.
Painstakingly collected over a period of thirty years, these pieces are some of the earliest representations of Yei figures in Navajo weaving. The weavings in this collection date from between 1910-1935, and feature some truly monumental pieces.
Shiprock Santa Fe is honored to be able to present the Lyon collection for sale to the public for the first time.

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August 2017: Sonwai & Ken Williams Jr.

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August 31,2017: Of The Moment Zuni Inlay

One of the most iconic types of Southwestern jewelry is the exquisite inlay done by the artists of Zuni Pueblo.

Using an array of materials such as turquoise, jet, coral and a wide variety of shells, these artists made wearable art depicting life on the reservation.. its wildlife, its dances and ceremonies, and figures from mythology were all rendered in variety of styles like channel inlay, mosaic and stone to stone.

The fanciful creations in this collection were created by some of the most renowned lapidary artists of the twentieth century such as Leo Poblano, Lambert Homer, Virgil and Shirley Benn, and Eliot Qualo.

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Dec 14, 2017: Of The Moment Small and Unusual Things

In anticipation of this upcoming holiday season, we have put together a collection of small and unusual pieces which make perfect gifts. From serving ware to pill boxes, we all know that the best gifts come in small packages.
Looking for the consummate collector or the perfect hostess gift?
A silver spoon stocking stuffer or a Navajo candle snuffer for the menorah?
These vintage pieces are steeped in history, and are a welcome respite from the fast-paced, technological landscape in which most of us spend our days.
This holiday season, give the gift of handmade, vintage gifts that harken back to a quieter, simpler time.


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December 14th, 2017: Eveli

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May 2018 Of the Moment: Butterflies

Flowers and trees are in bloom, and the air is heavy with the scent of lilacs and irises. Spring in the high desert is a season of renewal and regeneration. More than any other creature, the butterfly is the perfect symbol of the season.
Is it any wonder that Native artists found inspiration in the world around them, and rendered representations of these creatures in precious stones and metals? Zuni artists created exquisite mosaics of inlaid stones and shells while Navajo smiths formed silver to fit their visions of butterflies.
This week, we give you a Spring collection for Of the Moment, where you can see the butterflies coming to rest their wings on your fingers, wrists and lapels.

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February 21st, Of the Moment: Southwestern Belt Buckles

We are thrilled to present a huge group of vintage belt buckles and ranger sets in our featured Of the Moment collection.

This selection draws from several different artistic traditions, ranging from early Navajo cast buckles, commemorative rodeo pieces and beautifully inlaid Zuni ranger sets. This group also reflects our continuing effort to represent the finest Southwestern artists of the 20th century, including Charles Loloma, Kenneth Begay and Julian Lovato.

With over a hundred pieces to choose from, and a variety of price points, we like to think that there is something for everyone, so please enjoy the collection!

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May 21st, 2019: Of the Moment Plains & Plateau Beadwork

We are pleased to announce a special group of Native American beaded objects from a Santa Fe collection. All of the pieces in this collection date from the late 19th and early 20th century, and mark a transitional period from items of personal use to beaded items made for sale.

Some items are ethnographic, such as the strike-a-light bag made to carry flint, but the stars of this collection are the handbags, which are completely beaded in intricate Central Plains beadwork. In a time of upheaval and uncertainty, Native artists of the Plains improvised with traditional techniques and innovative materials to create portable masterpieces that celebrated traditional arts as well as appealing to a wider audience.

This collection has examples of quillwork, Chippewa Ojibwe floral scrollwork, and traditional Lakota geometric as well as pictorial beadwork.

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Diego Romero, Indian Market Show 2019

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Phillip Vigil, Indian Market Show 2019

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Sonwai & Ken Williams Jr., Indian Market 2019

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Leekya Deyuse: Master Zuni Carver

Leekya Deyuse (1889-1966) is perhaps one of the most famous and sought after Zuni Fetishists of all time. His animal figures, necklaces and turquoise figurines that are still distinctive among fetish carvings and highly valued. He is shown in museums and collections throughout the nation because of his exquisite craftsmanship and artistry.

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Richard Chavez, Master Jeweler

We are pleased to offer you an incredible selection from master jeweler Richard Chavez.
Richard Chavez was born in 1949 and raised in San Felipe Pueblo, along the banks of the Rio Grande. His work, keeping with the belief system of his community, is non-representational, instead relying on his exquisite craftsmanship and lapidary work.
In the 1970s, Richard worked as an architectural draftsman for Harvey S. Hoshour, as well as attending UNM’s School of Architecture. These experiences greatly influenced his aesthetic as well his artistic process.To this day, every piece which he creates begins as a carefully drawn diagram, and Chavez continues to cite Bauhaus and Van der Rohe as inspirations for his jewelry.
Richard Chavez’s work uses innovative materials that are painstakingly selected, piecing stones of irregular lengths and widths to create practically seamless creations, which are distinctly contemporary but celebrate the beauty of organic materials.

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December 4th, 2019 Of the Moment, Blue Gem Turquoise

Blue Gem turquoise was discovered in 1934 in Nevada, and quickly became popular for its distinctive deep color, and gem quality stone. One of the most recognizable types of turquoise, it is prized by collectors and jewelers alike.

We are pleased to present this collection, which features early unidentified jewelers alongside known and collected masters of the mid 20th century.

The work in this group represents a variety of styles and techniques, from channel inlay to intricate silverwork and repousse, and serves to highlight the predominate fashions in Native silverwork of the mid 20th century.

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December 11th, 2019: A Group of Extraordinary Objects

As the year rounds to a close, and we are presented with best- of lists and curated gift guides, we reflected on pieces that have moved us and chose a group of personal favorites for this collection.

No single unifying theme, only that each piece is extraordinary.

From the buttery leather of a hundred year old bandolier bag to the burnished ochre of Diego Romero’s newest masterpiece, each object in this group is from a distinct moment in Southwestern history. A technicolor Childs blanket from the 1870’s, and a 1960’s lapis necklace which gently rests on the clavicle, this collection speaks to the ability of art to transcend trends as well as time, and show that true treasures are forever pieces.

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December 19th, Of the Moment: McKee Platero

We are pleased to offer a rare treat for the holiday season: a collection of jewelry by legendary Navajo silversmith Mckee Platero.

Mckee Platero is one of the most sought after contemporary Native silversmiths. Collectors prize his heavy gauge repoussé, original designs and exquisite stampwork.

This group is vintage Mckee, and came to us from a private collection where it has been treasured for many years.

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January 16th, 2020 - Germantown Textiles

Germantown, Pennsylvania was founded in 1683, and from its very beginning was a center of textile production, but it wasn’t until the Civil War that it became known for industrial wool mills. As textile mills proliferated, “Germantown” became synonymous with worsted weight 4 ply wool, and this high quality yarn began to be shipped around the country.
Although the Diné first began using machine milled yarn during their imprisonment at Bosque Redondo, it was the arrival of the railroad to the reservation in the 1880’s that spurred an explosion of Navajo Germantown weavings in the 1880-1890’s, and the vast majority of extant weavings date from this period.
One of the most lauded type of Navajo weavings, Germantown eye-dazzlers are characterized by intricate and colorful designs, often incorporating serrated diamonds as decorative elements. Having access to store bought wool meant that weavers didn’t have to prepare the wool, and were able to dedicate more energy to detailed and time intensive designs.

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January 31st, 2020: Of the Moment, High Desert Coral

We are pleased to present to you a spectacular collection of jewelry from some of our favorite artists. The uniting theme in this collection by Native jewelers is the use of coral. Coral, especially in its deep red form, traditionally has strong associations with love, wealth, fertility and as a protective charm.

While coral has been used for hundreds of years in the Southwest, first arriving with the Spanish, for this collection we have focused on the luminaries of 20th and early 21st century jewelry. From Lovato to Yazzie, and from Leekya to Loloma, this collection is Southwestern jewelry at its most refined.

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January 2019 OTM Navajo Spoons 1900-1950

In the last decade of the 19th century, a craze for collecting souvenir spoons began spreading across the US. Originally thought to have originated in Europe, the craze was helped along by the Chicago World Fair, and the crash of the silver market in 1893.

This moment in history coincided with the expansion of the railroads out west, and the first commercial tourism to the southwest. The Native silversmiths of the southwest, Pueblo and Navajo artists, capitalized on this trend, and began making embellished silver utensils for sale to tourists and collectors alike.

While some spoons from this time period are engraved with place names, it is much more common to see teaspoons adorned with typical “Indian” style stamps. One commonly occurring design was a swastika, known among southwestern people was a “whirling log.” Originally found in Navajo sandpainting, they began occurring in weavings and jewelry around the turn of the 20th century. Its use continued until 1940, when an accord was signed by Navajo, Papago, Apache and Hopi peoples to discontinue its use because it had been “desecrated recently by another nation of peoples.”

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