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Friends Lecture: Shane Hendren (Register)

February 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Shane R Hendren (Navajo), Lecture, Tuesday, February 14, 2:30pm


Shane R. Hendren is an award-winning Navajo metal and silversmith known for his quality contemporary jewelry. Shane said, “I don’t just create jewelry.  I create heirlooms that will outlive me and become my legacy.”

Shane was born in Gallup, New Mexico, 30 miles south of his hometown of Tohatchi on the Navajo Reservation.  Shane grew up drawing, painting and expressing his creativity by any means he had at hand.  Many of his subjects were horses, cattle, cowboys and people.  He was aware of the equipment that the cowboys used and was fascinated by it, learning that the quality of personal equipment reflected a dedication to their vocation.

Shane received his degree from the University of New Mexico and attended IAIA (Institute of American Indian Arts) where he expanded his knowledge of metal and silver-smithing. Shane’s jewelry has always been rooted in his Navajo heritage, incorporating traditional iconography and symbolism.  Viewing his jewelry as “sculpture with a context”, his work has transformed over the years using a variety of styles and techniques, especially mokume-gane, cuttlefish and tufa casting.

Shane has received numerous major show awards including from the Heard Museum and Santa Fe Indian Market.  He has been named three times Artist of the Year by the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.  His work may be found in private and public collections around the world such as the British Museum in London, England.

There will be work for sale after the lecture.

All attendees should register. If you are not a member, please pay for your admission here first before registering.


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February 14
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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Wheelwright Library
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, 87505
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