Curator Cheri Falkenstien-Doyle’s article, “Eveli Sabatie: Between Worlds and Time,” just came out for Ornament Magazine!
This coming June, the Wheelwright Museum will present a show in the Schultz gallery of the Center of the Study of Southwestern jewelry on the work of Eveli Sabatie, protégé and collaborator of the great Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma. The exhibition aims to celebrate the multicultural story of jewelry in the Southwest.
“Jewelry in the American Southwest evolved through a series of unlikely collaborations that resulted in a distinct regional style, combining Native American, European and North African elements. When colonists from Spain arrived in the Americas in the sixteenth century, they brought with them metalworking traditions grounded in seven centuries of Muslim occupation. These remain visible today in familiar forms of Navajo and Pueblo Indian silverwork. In 1969 North Africa returned to the Southwest in the person of a talented young artist named Evelyn Sabatie. Known today as Eveli—the Hopi pronunciation of her given name—she is one of only two jewelers acknowledged as protégés by the great Charles Loloma (the other is his niece Verma Nequatewa). Between about 1970 and 1996, Eveli created a body of work of marked originality, and one that fits well into the collaborative history of jewelrymaking in the Southwest.”
— Cheri Falkenstien-Doyle, Marcia Docter Curator of Native American Jewelry at the Wheelwright Museum, in her article “Eveli Sabatie: Between Worlds and Time” for Ornament Magazine.