New Traditions Exhibit Opens at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery, Sedona Arizona
Sedona AZ: Turquoise Tortoise Gallery opens its first exhibition of the New Year, "New Traditions." A reception on 1st Friday, January 6th from 5-8 pm welcomes visitors for the opportunity to see new art celebrating age-old traditions of the Southwest and Native America.
Half a dozen artists and jewelers are spotlighted including acclaimed sculptor Larry Yazzie who just delivered “Prayers to the Great Spirit,” a bronze combining elegant Contemporary lines with Traditional detail. It is a spiritual rendition of a woman looking up to the sky in prayer; she wears an eagle feather on her chest.
“Her prayer is for water,” Larry Yazzie explains. “Water is our Mother. Water is also seen as medicine; it is honored during each of our ceremonies. In ceremony, medicine people talk to the water and whatever is said is carried through them when the water is consumed.” The artist reflects on the elemental importance of water given that it comes from the sky, feeds all living things through its rivers and streams, and evaporates back into our atmosphere.
Water is the very core of all life and the woman in “Prayers to the Great Spirit” seems to arise out of a wave in this Contemporary rendering. Her detailed turquoise beads and earrings echo the blue/greens of the evocative and elegant patina of the wave. Larry Yazzie is a true master of simultaneously representing both nature and thought.
Also just in is an elaborate 3”-wide filigree cuff of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and sterling silver by Alice Lister, who with husband David Lister heads up the well-known Lister family of Navajo jewelers. The cuff’s unusual open-weave filigree pattern was developed by Alice from the crocheting she did of sweaters for her children when they were young. She’s incorporated traditional Navajo “balls and roping” designs in the cuff’s sterling silver. Alice Lister has also created the same cuff design in multi-color stones of orange spiny oyster shell, green gaspeite, purple charoite, red coral and the pure blues of Sleeping Beauty turquoise.
Two new paintings at the gallery are by award-winning Navajo artist Redwing Nez. “Song of the Blue Jay” and “Navajo Apache Corn Song,” both of oil and acrylic on canvas, show echoes of the artist’s training as a traditional sand painter. Figures of birds and corn stalks, symbols of the four seasons, rainbows and lightening all fill these complex, visually striking paintings.
Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to see all that is new at this 45-year-old gallery.
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Above: “Prayers to the Great Spirit” by Larry Yazzie, bronze, Ed. 7/36, 27”h x 8”w x 11”d.
Below “Filigree Cuff,” by Alice Lister, Sleeping Beauty turquoise and sterling silver, 3” wide, size small.