Virtual Friends Lecture: Emerald Tanner – “Creating through Covid”
November 12 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
The presentation hosted on Zoom.
Tanner’s Indian Art
Creating Through Covid
A Special Presentation for The Friends of the Wheelwright by Emerald Tanner (Tanner’s Indian Arts)
Gallup, New Mexico, is a central mercantile for thousands of Native American Artisans of the Great American Southwest. It has been our pleasure to work for and with local Native American talent to create one-of-a-kind, fine American Indian Art for generations. As a descendent of a long line of Southwest Traders and turquoise miners, we continue the tradition to provide artists of the great American Southwest with natural turquoise and choice materials to create pieces for the fine southwest jewelry market: art you can wear!
We have seen the devastating effects of COVID-19, both on our beloved Native American peoples’ health and creativity. In an attempt to fuel the creativity throughout this pandemic, we have been working with a select group of artisans to continue to create. At Tanner’s, we provide choice materials to the artists and aim to connect these pieces with collectors worldwide. In place of having silver supply stores open, we utilized unset, older pieces from our vaults by Preston Monongye, Kee Joe Benally, and others and gave them local Native American talent to quality materials.
I invite you to join me as I share some of these pieces and draw parallels to early pieces of the middle 20th century and earlier. The tradition continues today. I hope that these pieces will speak to you as they have with us. The need to continue to support working Native American Artists now is more apparent than ever. Following suit after Grandpa Joe, my father, and other traders before them, it has been an absolute pleasure to foster these relationships and bring fine Native American art to market.