Shiprock Santa Fe Gallery Kicks off Indian Market with Arias, Artist’s Reception & Lectures

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Shiprock Santa Fe organizes extraordinary Indian Market Reception with live performances from Santa Fe Opera singers.

Sky Blue Hawk turquoise jewelry by Yasumoto Kodera

The apprentices are honored to sing at Shiprock Santa Fe, said David Holloway Director of Apprentice Singers Program, Santa Fe Opera, and are truly looking forward to the event.

Shiprock Santa Fe gallery is pleased to announce their annual Indian Market reception on Thursday, August 20th from 2-4 p.m. This year’s reception will celebrate Hopi fine jeweler Sonwai (Verma Nequatewa) and Sicangu Lakota contemporary artist Dyani WhiteHawk’s exhibitions at the gallery.

Apprentices from the Santa Fe Opera will perform arias during the reception from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. “The apprentices are honored to sing at Shiprock Santa Fe,” said David Holloway Director of Apprentice Singers Program, Santa Fe Opera “and are truly looking forward to the event.”

Artist Dyani WhiteHawk received her M.F.A in Studio Arts from University of Wisconsin Madison and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2014 she was the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant and is a consecutive ‘Best of Show’ winner at Santa Fe Indian Market. WhiteHawk will exhibit a new series of paintings at the gallery on view through September 30, 2015. On Friday, August 21 White Hawk will lecture at 11 a.m. in the gallery.

Hopi jeweler Sonwai is quoted as saying, "My life and my jewelry have been greatly influenced by two things. The first is by my good fortune to have grown up and to continue to live on the Hopi Reservation. This enables me to witness the grandeur of the landscape on a daily basis and to be involved constantly in the ceremonial activities that are constantly taking place here. The second major influence is that of my uncle, Charles Loloma.” Sonwai has followed in her uncle’s footsteps as a master of stone inlay, using semiprecious stones, gold and silver.

Turquoise expert and silversmith Yasumoto Kodera of Japan will join the reception with a trunk show presenting pieces from his Sky Blue Hawk jewelry line. Kodera is also one of the world’s foremost experts on the identification of turquoise and will present a lecture and identify turquoise pieces on Friday, July 21 at 1 p.m. at the gallery. The lecture is by RSVP only and is limited to 50 participants. Registered participants are invited to bring one piece of turquoise for Yasumoto to identify.

Shiprock Santa Fe Events:

Thursday, August 20th

  •     2-4 p.m. Indian Market Opening Reception with artists Sonwai, Dyani WhiteHawk & Yasumoto Kodera
  •     2:30-3:30 p.m. Live performances by Santa Fe Opera Apprentices

Friday, August 21st

  •     The Shiprock Lecture Series:
  •     11:00 a.m. Artist Dyani WhiteHawk
  •     1:00 p.m. Turquoise expert Yasumoto Kodera
  •     Lectures are by RSVP only and limited to 50 participants

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About Shiprock Santa Fe Gallery:
Founded in 2006, Shiprock Santa Fe gallery is the capstone creation for fifth generation trading post owner Jed Foutz. Raised on the Navajo Reservation, Foutz has a studied eye and impeccable aesthetic that gives Shiprock Santa Fe both a vintage and modern appeal that attracts top fashion buyers, designers, filmmakers, and renowned art collectors. Mixing Mid Century Modern design with antique and contemporary Native art, Shiprock Santa Fe gallery has become a resource for internationally known artists and designers. The gallery features a considerable inventory of historic Navajo textiles and turn of the century silver and turquoise jewelry, as well as the work of some of the most well known artists in contemporary Native art. Foutz has carefully cultivated a collection of pieces ranging from vintage furnishings by George Nakashima, vintage and contemporary pottery, basketry, fine art, and eclectic finds from Jed’s world travels. Shiprock Santa Fe’s knowledgeable staff is well versed in the material and provides both acquisition and appraisal services, working with clients looking to acquire a single collectible or build corporate or personal collections. For more information, please visit

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