Introduction to The Navajo People
Their Beliefs, Lifestyle and Traditions
Larry Bell: Astonishing Artist of Innovation
Sheldon Parsons (1866-1943), Painter of Land and Sky
A Renaissance in Ranchos de Taos
Origins Of Mata Ortiz Pottery
Two New Painters Featured at Chimayo Trading Gallery
The Strong Hands of Taos Pueblo Drum Maker, Lee Lujan
Chimayo Trading just received a large collection of drums made by one of the most known and respected drum makers in all of the Southwest, Lee Lujan from Taos Pueblo.
Since spotlighting the work of Claudia Peina, we have received requests for more information about her and how she creates such rarified and singularly beautiful sculptures from Elk horn.
She Who Shines Brightly
Claudia Peina is a Zuni fetish carver who carries forward the creative and original legacy of her family of artists who carve elk antler.
Angie Yazzie, Master of Micaceous Clay
Angie Yazzie’s micaceous clay pieces will stop you in your tracks. You will wonder, what human being could have created a clay vessel with such precision, grace and resonance?
J. Chris Morel
On the cover of January’s Plein Air Magazine, Chris Morel represents the best of New Mexico’s painters and speaks to his mindset while painting in the article about him.
Tribal Quillwork of the Great Plains
Before the traders brought glass beads from Europe, there were porcupine quills. In an art form unique to Native Americans, the plains women became experts in the use of this renewable, durable natural resource.
A New Vision in Jemez Pueblo Pottery
Acoma Pottery and the Four Matriarchs
Acoma Pueblo, also called “Sky City” comprises a quarter of a million acres of beautiful mesas, deep valleys and rolling hills, homeland to deer, elk, antelope, bears, mountain lions, coyotes, rabbits, prairie dogs and hundreds of species birds.
Wayne Muskett, Contemporary Silversmith
The colorful inlaid jewelry of Wayne Muskett are artful mosaics, set with the jewels of the earth: green malachite, blood red coral, deep blue lapis, dustily denim lapis, and of course, high grade turquoise.
The Church in Ranchos and the Art of Religion
Chimayo Trading Del Norte is on the north edge of the plaza in Ranchos, in the morning shadow of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. The Adobe architecture is a feat of large scale sculpture in itself, magnificent and humble at the same time.
The Many Facets of Sheldon Harvey
Sheldon Harvey, (Navajo) has been making art since the early days of his youth. He burst on to the art scene as an emerging artist in both painting and sculpture, and began taking home prizes and awards in the Santa Fe Indian Market including the most coveted award, “Best Of Show” in 2008.
Any discussion or study of Pueblo Pottery will inevitably lead to one name: Maria Martinez.
Collectors claim that they have “a Maria” and her fine black on black pieces are legend. If you have ever dreamed that you might add one of Maria’s pieces to your collection, now you have that opportunity.
A Woman with Many Talents and Interests
Painter, muralist, illustrator and author, Illa McAfee moved to Taos with her artist husband in 1928 to become part of the burgeoning art movement.
Opening Saturday, September 25th, 2021 . 4:00-7:00
The ELEVEN show is a kaleidoscope of creativity. Each person has a distinct point of view, recognizable and divergent. This show will anoint the expanded space at Chimayo Trading with the energy of newness, a frisson created by showing a body of work that has truly never been seen or felt before.
by Walt Gonske
Opening Friday, September 24th, 2021 . 5:00-7:00
We at the expanded Chimayo Trading Gallery are currently showing newer works by Walt Gonske. He comes to our gallery with a cadre of collectors, a legion of fans and a sphere of influence that precedes him and emanates out in all directions.
Minimalist Navajo Potter
Samuel Manymules is known for his modern take on the long tradition of Native American pottery. Collectors of his work find the high polish of his surfaces and the “fire clouds” from the traditional firing methods combine to create his own unique aesthetic.
Carl Redin 1892-1944
Carl Redin was born in Sweden and as a youngster, he was fascinated with the American west. His talent was recognized at 14 he began his study of art in Stockholm. Drafted into the Swedish Navy, he left Navy life and immigrated to the US and settled in Chicago.
Who is Rudolph Carl Gorman?
Better known as R.C. Gorman, (1931-2005) he was a Native American artist of the Navajo Nation. Referred to as “the Picasso of American Indian artists” by the New York Times, his paintings are primarily Native American women, characterized by fluid forms and simple lines, with touches of brilliant color.
Ralph Meyers, a Taos Character
At the center of the vibrant cultural mix of the Taos Art Colony, in what may have been its most vibrant phase, there stood one man who would become famous for his role in Taos’s diverse history. Indians, Spanish, Anglos and Europeans alike sought out Ralph Meyers (1885-1948).
“Every brushstroke brings me closer to my quest to discover old instincts and how I relate to the world around me. As I capture the spirit of my models on canvas, they bring life to me as well. It is a union of mutual respect and gives me the courage to fly.”
For four decades, landscape impressionist painter Walt Gonske has braved the snow and the sun, scaled rocks and rivers and sought out the obscure evocative locations that inspire him to paint. His expressive brush captures the felt experience of a place in time using texture and stunning color combinations.
Born in New Iberia, Louisiana, where Tabasco sauce is made, Alyce refers to her own birth as her first artistic experience. She had a solid education and was admitted into the University of Chicago when she was only a sophomore in High School.
The Laughing Family of Navajo Weavers
A very traditional Navajo woman, Mona Laughing learned weaving from her mother Elsie Mark. Mona raised 6 children in Crystal, NM and remarkably put all of them through college by selling her weavings.
A visit to Ranchos de Taos is like stepping back to a time when life was slower
At the center of the plaza stands the historic San Francisco de Assís Church which has been the subject of work by Ansel Adams and Georgia OKeefe.
Hopi Kachina Carver
Born in 1955, Glenn Fred comes from a tiny Hopi village of Bacavi, where his father was governor. He has 5 brothers who also carve the Kachina dolls that are at the root of Hopi tradition and education.
An American Printmaker
Alice Geneva Glasier became known as Gene Kloss, one of America’s finest printmakers. Born in Oakland, California in 1903, she died a loved and respected artist in Taos, New Mexico in 1996.
Jewelry That Makes A Statement
Extraordinary necklaces from the boldest to the most delicate are on display in our Chimayo Trading Del Norte Gallery.
Painting the Navajo Way of Life, Harrison Begay
Harrison Begay, also known as Haskay Yahne Yah (meaning “Warrior Who Walked Up to His Enemy”), 1914-2012 is a renowned Diné (Navajo) painter, printmaker and illustrator specializing in watercolors, gouache and silkscreen prints.
A Different Drum made by Lee Lujan of Taos Pueblo
Lee Lujan continues the long tradition of making drums that he learned from his Pueblo family.
Making the Case for Baskets
A collection of baskets is a collection of time: the time it took for the grasses and reeds and bark to grow, the time to gather and the time to weave..
Chimayo Trading is featured in Taos News, Tempo
by Tamra Testerman
Photos by Morgan Timms
Chimayo Trading Del Norte is nestled in the Ranchos Plaza in the shadow of the iconic Saint Francis church in Ranchos de Taos.
Our Mata Ortiz/Casas Grandes Pottery Collection is now online!
A young Mexican boy looking for firewood finds a pottery shard from a Pre-Hispanic culture. So began a creative and artistic explosion in the little town of Mata Ortiz in Chihuahua.
At Chimayo Trading del Norte we’ve been busy adding hundreds of beautiful pieces of pottery to our new website..
We carry a wide variety of different contemporary or historic styles from all the native pueblos of New Mexico.
Hopi Kachinas by Chester Poleyestewa
The Kachina doll was and is made for Native use by Hope fathers and uncles to give to their daughters or nieces; primarily the doll is hung on the wall or from the rafters of the house so that it may be seen at all times. The purpose is to teach their children about the different Kachina masks, their outfits, and body painting. Therefore, the doll has to be as perfect as possible, and certainly so in mask features. This may explain in part why the earlier dolls were accurate and detailed outline, often with more suggestions of arms and legs. Read more…