The Mixed Media Magic of Fernando Padilla, Jr. January 12 2017, 1 Comment

Bringing creative visions to life has always come naturally to Fernando Padilla, Jr. (San Felipe, Navajo), who carved his first wooden animals in elementary school using his mother’s kitchen knives.

Talking Turquoise with Joe Dan Lowry July 08 2015, 10 Comments

The Shumakolowa Native Arts team recently visited Joe Dan Lowry at the Turquoise Museum.  Joe Dan’s family has been involved in the turquoise industry for five generations and he is also the developer and curator of Albuquerque’s Turquoise Museum.


A Symbolic Southwestern Gift Meaningful of Love May 28 2015, 0 Comments

File this under wedding gifts that you haven't thought of! Here in the Southwest we're surrounded by nature's gifts and get to experience the art of many cultures every day. The Pueblo Indian people have been making pottery by hand for hundreds of years, and one of their most meaningful and popular forms is the wedding vase.

Color on the Cutting Edge: The Jewelry of Michael Kirk January 14 2015, 3 Comments

Michael Kirk Bold Red Sterling Silver Feather Cuff Bracelet
Elizabeth Kirk tells us about her father’s signature feather designs and how his award-winning jewelry is evolving with innovative color technology. 

Turquoise is Only Part of the Story August 20 2014, 0 Comments

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Native American jewelry? Is it something like concho belts, turquoise cluster rings and squash blossom necklaces? Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re happy in turquoise and silver any day of the year, and we’re thrilled to see how these jewelry styles have made their way into the imagination and lore, not just of the Southwest, but of our entire country.