FEATURED ARTISTS IN THE HEARD MUSEUM SHOP
These artists were featured in the Heard Museum Shop during the 63rd Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, March 5-7, 2021.
Victoria Adams (Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho of Oklahoma)
Jewelry and Accessories
Victoria is an American jeweler and designer; her creations feature unique combinations of color, texture and materials. Juxtaposing precious metal, gemstones and fossils with plant, animal and human forms, Victoria expresses her own heritage, values and experiences in life. “Artistic and creative processes are born of diverse mothers, some steeped in Eurocentric academic ideals. Mine are not. Rather they are of earth, water, fire, blood and bone."
Darryl Dean and Rebecca Begay (Navajo)
Darryl Dean and Rebecca Begay collaborate on jewelry designs and fabrication using traditional techniques inspired by contemporary life. Their Navajo culture has a powerful influence on their jewelry, telling stories that allow ancient ceremonies and chants to live on. Darryl Dean is adept at stonework and is a master at tufa casting. Rebecca applies her design sense and delicate hand to floral carving, incorporating the natural tufa stone texture into their work. They work chiefly with high-grade turquoise and silver, though also use coral and other gemstones, and work in 18-karat gold as well. Working together or separately, Darryl Dean and Rebecca have won many awards, including the Best in Show at the 2009 Santa Fe Indian Market.
Edison Cummings (Navajo)
Edison Cummings is an award-winning Navajo jewelry artist. He is known for his exquisitely detailed silver and turquoise jewelry and unique mix of tradition and innovation. He initially trained as a painter. By the time he studied metalsmithing, he was well-equipped to apply his painterly techniques towards jewelry making. Edison’s original jewelry designs combine materials and textures much like a painter would blend colors to compose a picture. The result is a visually stimulating piece of wearable artwork. He uses a great variety of processes. From repousse to chiseling to inlaying, stamping, and tufa casting. Besides jewelry and painting, Edison has also ingeniously crafted silver in other incredible forms including flatware, teapots, coffee pots, purses, and boxes.
Jesse Monongye (Navajo/Hopi)
Jesse Monongya is an award-winning jeweler who creates custom pieces with a contemporary Native American Indian design. His work has ranged from the use of silver and simply cut turquoise and coral to the highly technical and intricate designs of the galaxies and heavens in lapis, jade, malachite, and diamonds set in 18k gold. While his work has evolved over the years, the superb color combination and balance of design are consistently present. Monongya's jewelry has been featured in a number of group and private exhibitions and is represented in both corporate and private collections, including collections of many other artists. He has won many awards at the major American Indian art shows throughout the Southwest.
Tim Blueflint Ramel (Bad River Chippewa/Comanche)
Flutemaker and Silversmith
Tim Blueflint is the owner and creative talent behind Shades of Rez Studio which he founded in 2005. He is highly respected internationally and in the Native American flute community, as well as the Native American art community for the high standards of quality, beauty and tuning of his traditional and contemporary Native American Fine Art Flutes. He personally selects each of the woods for beauty and tonality, which he collects worldwide, by hand and incorporates some with inlays of semi-precious stones. He also offers a line of jewelry that reflects the same exquisite craftsmanship, utilizing the finest materials available. He has won many awards from the Santa Fe Indian Market, Eiteljorg Museum, Briscoe Museum, Autry Museum, Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market.
Denise Wallace (Chugach Sugpiaq)
Technically astounding, aesthetically beautiful and culturally important. These are just some of the ways in which Denise Wallace’s jewelry can be described. Inspired by the stories of her Chugach Aleut ancestors, the content of her pieces remains firmly planted in the rich stories and customs of the Native people of arctic Alaska, stories that deal with themes of healing, growth, nature and transformation. In addition to complex mechanical components like the tiny, working lockets that open to reveal hidden subject matter, Wallace utilizes materials like silver, gold, semiprecious stones and scrimshawed, fossilized ivory to join old traditions and stories with her newly envisioned interpretations. Figures and faces dance and come alive in dazzling belts, earrings, pendants and more.