Every year the Heard Museum Shop invites noted American Indian artists and art dealers to exhibit in the gallery. This year, the shop is excited to have a diverse group of accomplished artists and one dealer. The artists and dealer will be on hand through the entire Fair to talk with visitors and sell their work.
Featured Shop Artists and Dealers
Gail Bird (Santo Domingo) and Yazzie Johnson (Navajo)
Gail Bird and Yazzie Johnson are a husband and wife team as well as two of the top American Indian jewelers in the country. They are both mostly self-taught silversmiths and have been making jewelry together since 1972. They are mostly known for their beautifully crafted concha belts, but they also produce jewelry like necklaces and earrings.
Terry is a member of the Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association and is an expert in historic southwest and Californian basketry, as well as contemporary Tohono O'odham and Apache basketry. He is the author of The Papago Indians and their Basketry.
Oreland Joe (Navajo/Ute) and Bo Joe (Navajo/Ute)
Oreland Joe is world-renowned for his work in stone and bronze sculptures. He has also established a foundation of historical ledger works in the form of oil paintings. His works can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the United States and abroad. Oreland is a native New Mexican and is of Diné (Navajo) and Ute descent.
Bo Joe (Navajo/Ute), an accomplished jeweler, has been surrounded by tradition and art his entire life. During his early childhood he was exposed to sculpture, painting and music, influences that solidified the foundation for his creativity. His work represents his traditional Navajo and Ute culture, and circulates within museum and gallery markets across the United States.
Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee Creek/Seminole)
Johnson integrates state of the art CAD/CAM technology into his design process to continue his evolution as a Native metalsmith. His signature style of contemporary jewelry incorporates Southeastern motifs and the melding of old and new methods and techniques. His elaborate and ornate gorgets (multi-tiered crescent shaped necklaces) with ancient “Moundbuilder” symbols and 19th century Seminole patchwork designs overlaid with coins illustrate his propensity for complexity and detail.
Clark Tenakhongva (Hopi)
Tenakhongva is a Hopi kachina doll carver born in Keams Canyon, AZ and raised in the Third Mesa village of Hotevilla. He started off as a painter, but soon became interested in carving with inspiration from family members and other artists. He started carving old style kachina dolls particularly after seeing dolls by Manfred Susunkewa from the 80’s. He entered his first show in 1994 at the Heard Museum and won a first-place ribbon. From the Rabbit clan, Clark draws his distinctive signature, rabbit tracks.