In August, Santa Fe welcomes over 100,000 visitors from around the world for Indian Market, an incredible event featuring approximately 900 artists. If you have a moment during this exciting week of events, please visit the gallery to enjoy work by Native artists in the quiet of the garden.
Hopi Maidens, a sculpture by Doug Hyde, arrived recently. The maidens are wearing the traditional hairstyle of unwed Hopi girls, called squash blossom or butterfly whorls. Carved in pink Tennessee marble, they sit quietly amid the Aspen trees beside the water, evoking another time. Born in Oregon of Nez Perce and Assiniboine background, Doug Hyde is considered a leader in Native American art.
Nearby, Little Cloud, a bronze sculpture by Michael Naranjo, evokes Native traditions as well — a woman carrying water on her head. She stands tall, content with her mission; simple, strong and beautiful, like much of Naranjo’s work. Blinded during the Vietnam War, Naranjo's remarkable talent is evident in his bronze sculptures, which often celebrate his Santa Clara Pueblo heritage. This month, The United States Veterans' Artists Alliance has selected Naranjo as their Colleague of the month for August; please visit USVAA.org for further information regarding this honor.