TURQUOISE TORTOISE GALLERY CELEBRATES
1st Friday Gallery Tour
Navajo Folk Art & Hopi Pottery
March 7, 2014, Opening Reception Friday, 5-8 pm.
Nona Naha Seedpots. Click on images for details.
During Sedona’s “1st Friday Gallery Tour” this month, Turquoise Tortoise Gallery highlights a unique Navajo artist along with the gallery’s collection of Hopi pottery by several gifted artists. “Navajo Folk Art & Hopi Pottery” opens with a reception March 7, from 5-8pm as the new exhibition begins.
Anthony Chee Emerson’s style has evolved to express both contemporary and traditional Navajo Folk Art themes. In his thoroughly charming paintings he captures the unique spirit and lifestyle of the Navajo. Family and general stores, pick-up trucks and traditional woven rugs figure in his paintings. It is the beauty of everyday living that is celebrated in his art.
Emerson began his path as an artist in the manner of many children: by coloring on his bedroom wall. His interest in art only grew throughout his childhood, leading him to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he studied printmaking. His professional art career began in 1982 and success followed. He participated in, and won awards at, the Santa Fe (NM) Indian Market, Gallup (NM) Intertribal Ceremonials, Heard Museum Indian Art Market (Phoenix, AZ), Autry Museum (Los Angeles, CA), and more.
Emerson shared his skills and artistic knowledge as an Art Instructor at Navajo Academy in Farmington, NM and featured his paintings at his own gallery for ten years. He also illustrated children's books including, "How the Rattlesnake Got its Rattle," "Songs of Shiprock Fair," "First Fire" and "My Horse." In 2002, Emerson was commissioned by Johns Hopkins University to illustrate its Native American Health Studies for Teenage Depression Series. He has been an Artist in Residence at both the Lawrence Arts Center (KS) and the Muckenthaler Museum (Fullerton, CA). His work is in numerous private, corporate and public collections and his murals grace the walls of schools, hospitals and office buildings.
The new exhibition also includes pottery by several impressive Hopi artists. Included are beautiful and traditional seed pots by Nona Naha as well as seed pots and vase forms by Fawn Navasie. Exhibition through March 16th.
Visit the gallery’s Facebook page for plenty of interesting gallery info and lots of photos: Facebook.com/TurquoiseTortoiseGallerySedona. And remember to leave your comments; we love to hear from you!
"The Last Bluebird Flour" by Anthony Chee Emerson
"Star Chasers" by Anthony Chee Emerson
On the first
Friday of each month, from 5 - 8 p.m., members
of the Sedona
Gallery Association offer a unique monthly
showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits,
and art events.
special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors
alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments
while beginning their weekends with an exploration
of Sedona's exciting art scene.
Tortoise Gallery is proud to present "Navajo Folk Art & Hopi Pottery" as
its featured artist for SGA First Friday in the
Galleries event on March 7, 2014 with
a reception from 5
to 8 p.m. You are invited!