There are some places that give you fond memories, and you carry them with you no matter where you go. Wright's Indian Art in
is one of those places. When I first moved to New Mexico, I popped in to have
a look at all the gorgeous Native American jewelry by Steve LaRance, Marian
Denipah, Roland Brady, Dylan Poblano, Steve Yellowhorse, Lyndon Tsosie, Althea Cajero and many
more. I was immediately charmed by
salespeople Albuquerque, New
and Joan, who warmly greeted me, made me feel welcome and suggested incredible things for
me to try on. I was also wonderully overwhelmed by
the number of larger pieces by Jemez artists Kathleen Wall, Joe Cajero, and Swirl Pots by Dominique Toya. Wright's is also a place to meet artists and develop a rapport with them. Some of my most treasured and lasting friendships with artists started at Wright's! Elizabeth
|Tufa cast and turquoise corn and spider web |
cuff by Dino Garcia (Kewa Pueblo)
Everything in shop is high-quality, and there is a variety that fits every budget--from fetishes to pots, to paintings and everything in between. Wright's makes collecting Native art fun and affordable, and they stay on the cutting edge of what's happening in the Native art world. After all, they has always offered the best in Native American art since it began as a trading post on the Navajo reservation over one-hundred years ago. Wright's Indian Art is an institution in the Southwest and has celebrated many milestones.
|Swirl pots by Dominique Toya of Jemez Pueblo|
Now, Mr. B and the gang--the people who love to sit down with you and talk art, life and jewelry--are marking a new milestone. Wright's Indian Art is celebrating its 106th Anniversary with a BIG move to a new location in
at Albuquerque 2677
Louisiana Blvd N.E. (View Map) as well as a BIG PARTY!
Stop by the new gallery for a Grand Opening Celebration on May 11 and 12 (Mother's Day Weekend...did someone say "I want jewelry?!) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be a who's who of Native artists coming out to show their dedication to and support of the gallery.
Wright's Indian Art, which is the oldest continuously operating Indian art gallery in Albuquerque, will carry the same art, represent the same artists and offer the same warm, wonderful customer service, but now in a more streamlined gallery with an even better online presence. It's reassuring to know I can still have that traditional Wright's Indian Art experience in-person and get my fix online when I'm not in town. Here's to another 100 years, Mr. B!!!
A "Here's What's Happening" for the Grand Opening Celebration:
INDIAN ARTIST MARKET
Meet and deal directly with a variety of award-winning Native artists. The event will be held outdoors all weekend long.
by a Native medicine man
Handmade pieces by award-winning artists, local products, gift cards, and more. All proceeds to benefit First Nations Community Healthsource, providing crucial health and social services to the urban Native community.
Everyone who makes a purchase will eligible to win valuable prizes.
Southwest Zuni Connection
Carl and Irene Clark will personally exhibit and discuss their world-renowned micro-mosaic jewelry
Maxine & Dominque Toya (Pottery)
Alice Yazzie (Pastel art)
Double Flute performed by Adrian Wall, and more.
Nakota LaRance, prize-winning hoop dancer and former Cirque du Soleil performer will dazzle us on Sunday.
Featuring designer Penny Singer and surprise guests.
For more information about the gallery or the Grand Opening call 505-266-0120 or visit Wright's Indian Art of Facebook or at www.wrightsgallery.com.