Shiprock’s Annual Indian Market Opening Features Ken Williams Jr. and SONWAI

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The annual opening reception, featuring artists SONWAI and Ken Williams Jr., draws a large crowd of collectors— in town for Native Art Week and Indian Market.

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Shiprock Santa Fe is pleased to announce its Annual Indian Market Exhibition: presenting the third of four collaborations between artists Verma Nequatewa/Sonwai (Hopi) and Ken Williams, Jr. (Arapaho/Seneca) on August 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The annual opening reception draws a large crowd of collectors— in town for Native Art Week and Indian Market. Both Williams Jr. and Sonwai will present new work from their respective collections as well as a collaborative sculptural piece that includes pieces of wearable jewelry and a decorative box displaying William Jr’s meticulous beadwork.

The Indian Market opening is Shiprock Santa Fe’s opportunity to showcase Indian Market artists, previewing their work ahead of the actual market which occurs August 18 and 19 on the Plaza.

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.

Ken Williams Jr. is primarily self-taught, born into a family of master beadworkers on his mother’s side. He studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and developed an aesthetic that marries contemporary style with his traditional upbringing. “I am proud that my beadwork continues to evolve, just as the traditions before me have,” said Williams Jr.

Both artists will appear in person at the August 16th reception.

For press inquiries, please contact:
Audrey Rubinstein
The Metta Agency
505 490 5029

About Shiprock Santa Fe:
Shiprock Santa Fe gallery, located in Santa Fe, N.M., is one of the nation's foremost Native American art galleries—including a world-class collection of vintage and contemporary jewelry, historic textiles, pottery, basketry, and artifacts. Celebrating its eleventh year on Santa Fe's historic Plaza, the gallery was founded by fifth-generation expert Jed Foutz, who was raised on the Navajo Nation in a prominent family of Indian art traders. Foutz has a studied eye and an impeccable aesthetic, making him an important style resource for top fashion houses, designers, filmmakers and renowned art collectors. Foutz has expanded his family tradition by offering Mid-Century Modern furniture in his collection at Shiprock Santa Fe. Foutz's expertise in Southwestern style makes Shiprock Santa Fe gallery an unparalleled destination. The gallery's knowledgeable staff is versed in Native American fine art and provides acquisition and appraisal services. Shiprock Santa Fe assists clients who are acquiring a single object, building a corporate collection or expanding their personal collection. For additional information,

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