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Nizhoni Ranch Gallery is Previewed in Native American Art Magazine

Nizhoni Ranch Gallery is Previewed in Native American Art Magazine 0

GALLERY PREVIEWS
THROUGH FEBRUARY 2020 | NIZHONI RANCH GALLERY | SONOITA, AZ

Transitions

On view now at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in Sonoita, Arizona, are approximately 50 transitional weavings that are available for purchase.

In the last part of the 19th century as trading posts began to open and lure consumers who were visiting the Western United States, there was a shift in the Native American art market from creating wearing blankets to weaving floor rugs. This period, which spanned approximately 40 years, from the 1880s to the 1910s, has become known as the transitional period with the textiles made by Navajo weavers reflecting the same name.Jellybean transitional blanket, ca. 1880s, handcrafted, hand-spun, Native wool, aniline dyes.

On view now at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in Sonoita, Arizona, are approximately 50 transitional weavings that are available for purchase. The appointment-only gallery will highlight the work that has become recognized for its beautiful wool, out of the box designs and having an ideal price point for collectors.Transitional pictorial of medicine bags, ca. 1900, positive/negative design, hand-carded, hand-spun, hand-dyed Merino wool, aniline dyes.

Optical art Crystal transitional blanket, ca. 1900, hand-carded, hand-spun, Merino wool with aniline red dye.

“In the late 1880s, a trader by the name of J.B. Moore arrived on the reservation. He recognized there was a demand for floor rugs. Moore began working closely with weavers, influencing them to ‘transition’ from weaving blankets to weaving rugs,” says the gallery’s owner Steve Getzwiller. Moore created a catalog that included a number of designs, known as plates, that the artists would replicate or create their own variations.A circa 1900 transitional J.B. Moore Navajo rug, plate #XII with native wool on view at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery.

Included in the exhibition are several of these examples, such as a circa 1900 textile featuring plate #XII and a transitional weaving from the Crystal area that is a variant of plate #V, also from around 1900.

“Transitional rugs do have specific attributes. The wool was made from Merino and Churro sheep and other native wool,” Getzwiller explains. “The wool was hand-carded, hand-dyed with a thick/heavy spin appropriate for use on the floor. In the transitional period Navajo had access to man-made dyes in bright colors. Weavers loved the new bright colors.”Transitional Navajo textile, ca. 1900, hand-carded, hand-spun Merino wool, aniline red dye with indigo blue.

One of the major highlights of the exhibition is a jellybean transitional blanket, circa 1880s. The piece, which Getzwiller says has “outrageous color and design,” features a zigzag style pattern in oranges, reds and greens. Also in the show is an optical art Crystal transitional blanket from circa 1900 and a transitional pictorial of medicine bags from around 1900. Churro sheep pictorial, ca. 1910, hand-carded, hand-spun all-natural Churro wool.

A circa 1910 Churro sheep pictorial is another textile of note in the show. According to Getzwiller, as the pictorial is of a two-toned sheep in natural wool, “This transitional was probably a memorial weaving to the ‘old sheep’ used for weaving classical blankets.”

The exhibition will remain on view in the gallery through February 2020. —

Nizhoni Ranch Gallery
Through February 2020
Sonoita, AZ 85637
(520) 455-5020 • www.navajorug.com

 

  • Beth Barth
Elvie's Hits the Gallery

Elvie's Hits the Gallery 0

As always it was great getting caught up with Elvie!  She has brought us a beautiful Moki style weaving.  Very tight weave - signature Elvie.  Aniline dyed wool along with some Indigo.  

 

  • Beth Barth
Elsie Bia and Family at the Gallery

Elsie Bia and Family at the Gallery 0

It is always special to have a weaver come to the gallery.  Elsie brought her latest weaving.  Beautiful Old Style Chinle.  It will be up for sale in the next few days!
  • Beth Barth
That Explains It!

That Explains It! 0

We haven't been able to figure out what has been happening to our roses...  Hey, who left the gate open?!
  • Beth Barth
We Wish You the Happiest of Holidays and Joy in the New Year!

We Wish You the Happiest of Holidays and Joy in the New Year! 0

  • Beth Barth
Thank You for Sharing H.D.!

Thank You for Sharing H.D.! 0

One of our newest customers was searching for a rug that would compliment his furniture collection from around the globe, his custom doors, tile floors and his father's original artwork. 

He chose a weaving from our Exclusive Churro Collection,  Cara Yazzie Gorman's Teec Nos Pos for his floor.

Just smashing!

Navajo weaving in interior design

  • Beth Barth
End of the Rainbow

End of the Rainbow 0

  • Beth Barth
Color Riot at the Heard Hits the Road

Color Riot at the Heard Hits the Road 0

Congratulations to Color Riot at the Heard!  This exhibit has been so well received it is has been requested by 3 other museums.  If you were not able to see the show, hopefully you are near one of the following museums:


Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida
September 5, 2020 - November 22, 2020


Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama
April 11, 2021 - August 8, 2021


Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey
September 10, 2021 - January 2, 2022


Nizhoni Ranch Gallery is proud 14 of our weavings are part of this excellent exhibit!

Heard Museum Color Riot exhibit American Indian Rugs and Blankets

 

Heard Museum Color Riot exhibit American Indian Rugs and Blankets

 

Heard Museum Color Riot exhibit American Indian Rugs and Blankets

 

Heard Museum Color Riot exhibit American Indian Rugs and Blankets

 

 

 

 

  • Beth Barth
Newest Addition!

Newest Addition! 0

Outrageous Jelly Bean 1870's Transitional has made it's way to the Gallery just in time for our Transitional Exhibit!

SOLD - GHT 2316,  Jelly Bean Transitional Blanket,  Circa 1870's, 55" x 87"

Antique Jelly Bean Optical Transitional Navajo blanket, beautiful variegation.  Prior to regional styles, this weaving was possibly woven in the Red Mesa/Teec Nos Pos area due to highlighting and Mountain Mahogany Root.  Hand Carded, hand dyed vibrant colors with a touch of Autumn, woven with Native wool. 

 

  • Beth Barth
In Transition - American Indian Transitional Rug Gallery Show

In Transition - American Indian Transitional Rug Gallery Show 1

 September 2019 to TBD...

Time changes life for everyone, and that’s especially true for the Navajo. During the last part of 19th century, trading posts opened up and traditional life for the Navajo began to evolve rapidly; especially when it came to Navajo weavers. It was with the changes to wool, newly available dyes, and the transition from wearing blankets to floor rugs; that gave way to this “transitional” period and thus, Transitional Rugs were born. 

History of Transitional Rugs and Blankets
It began in the late 1870s that “transitional” blankets began to overtake the “late classic”  blanket. And within a few decades, the Transitional Rug began to copy those elements and share in their colors and designs. Larger and heavier than their counterparts, bordered Transitional Rug weavings began to evolve and the old classic banded-style of wearing blankets were nearly phased out altogether by the early 1900s.

Currently at the Gallery
We have filled the walls with some of our favorite Native American Transitional rugs and blankets.  The variety of styles, size and colors make Transitionals really interesting.  Below are photos from the gallery and video in case you can't visit us while this exhibit is up.  Click on the photo or descriptions for more information on the piece and the pricing.



Crystal JB Moore Navajo Weaving Antique American Indian Rug
PC 115, Crystal JB Moore Navajo Weaving, Circa 1910's, 46" x 84"

 

American Indian Transitional Rug
PC 65, Transitional Pictorial Churro Sheep, Circa 1910-1920, 39" x 44"


 American Indian rug transitional vintage

GHT 2313, Transitional Crystal Navajo Rug, Circa 1910-1920, 57" x 79" 

 

Native American Rug Transitional Two Grey Hills
PC 70, Transitional Two Grey Hills, Circa 1910-1920's, 49" x 80"

 

Transitional-American-Indian-Blanket-Jelly-Bean

GHT 2316, Transitional, Jellybean, Circa 1870's, 55" x 87" - SOLD

 

 

Vintage Transitional American Indian Rug JB Moore Crystal
GHT 435, Crystal JB Moore, circa 1900, 40" x 74" - SOLD

 

 


Transitional Native American Blanket Crystal
GHT 519, Transitional Crystal, circa 1900, 50" x 79"

 

 

Transitional Antique Native American Rug Sampler
GHT 598, Transitional Sampler, circa 1890-1910, 67" x 104"



 

Transitional JB Moore Crystal American Indian Rug
GHT 874, Transitional JB Moore Crystal,  circa 1910,  51" x 100"

 



Vintage American Indian Rug Transitional JB Moore Crystal
GHT 1941, Transitional JB Moore Crystal, circa 1910, 50" x 76"

 

Vintage American Indian Rug Transitional
GHT 1950, Transitional, circa 1890's, 63" x 81" - SOLD!

 

 

 Vintage American Indian Double Saddle Blanket

GHT 1983, Transitional Saddle Blanket, circa 1900, 32"

 

 

 
Antique Native American Rug Transitional Two Grey Hills
GHT 2008, Transitional Two Grey Hills, circa 1910, 63" x 84"

 

Vintage Transitional Double Saddle American Indian Blanket
GHT 2152, Transitional Double Saddle Blanket, circa 1880, 33" x 54"

 

 Vintage American Indian Rug Transitional
GHT 2193, Transitional, circa 1910, 50" x 81"

 

Vintage Transitional Optical Native American Rug
GHT 2206, Transitional Optical, circa 1900's, 46" x 76"

 

 Vintage Transitional American Indian Rug

GHT 2209, Transitional, circa 1890, 45" x 85"


  Vintage Transitional Native American Rug

GHT 2210, Transitional, circa 1900, 33" x 65"  - SOLD


 

 Vintage Transitional American Indian Rug

GHT 2235, Ganado Transitional, circa 1890-1900, 92" x 74

 

 

Vintage Transitional American Indian Rug

GHT 2253, Transitional, circa 1890-1900, 40" x 64" - SOLD

 

 

Vintage Transitional American Indian Blanket Double Saddle
GHT 2254, Transitional Saddle Blanket, circa 1900, 34" x 60"

 

 

 Vintage Transitional American Indian blanket single saddle blanket Rug

 
Antique Transitional American Indian Double Saddle Blanket
PC 43, Transitional Double Saddle Blanket,  circa 1880, 48" x 31" - SOLD


Antique Transitional American Indian Rug
PC 107, Transitional, JB Moore, circa 1900,  54" x 94" - SOLD!


Vintage Late Classic Double Saddle American Indian Blanket
PC 201, Late Classic Double Saddle Blanket, circa 1870's, 29" x 52" - SOLD


Vintage Transitional Double Saddle American Indian Blanket
Vintage Transitional American Indian Rug
PC 260, Transitional, circa 1900's, 47" x 71" - SOLD


Transitional Double Saddle American Indian Blanket
GHT 710, Transitional Double Saddle Blanket, Circa 1910-1920, 32" x 66" - SOLD!

 

  • Beth Barth
Rock Stars at the Ranch!

Rock Stars at the Ranch! 1

Kevin Gover, Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, Robin Demyanovich, Steve and Gail Getzwiller and Anne Marie Gover

Well, rock stars in the museum world that is.

It was an honor having Kevin and Anne Marie Gover visit the gallery.  Kevin is the Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.  We enjoyed our time together and look forward to future visits!

Exciting times at the NMAI!  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian will establish a National Native American Veterans Memorial to honor the Military Service of Native Americans. Situated on the National Mall, a place that draws nearly 24 million visitors annually, the memorial will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans and symbolize the country’s respect for Native Americans’ service and patriotism.  Please visit their website and support the memorial. 

National Native American Veterans Memorial rendering

  • Beth Barth
Another Pleased Customer in Virginia

Another Pleased Customer in Virginia 1

We are so happy to see our weavings in our customers homes.  This weaving is part traditional Teec Nos Pos, but it incorporates Bistie curls and Red Mesa highlights.  It is just stunning.

Thanks for sharing G!

As you can see our weavings take on a whole new level of beauty when added to a home or office.  We believe the old adage "must see to appreciate" was coined by a person who collected a Navajo rug!

How this weavings looked like on our website:

Master Native American Weaver Cecelia Nez's Teec Nos Pos Navajo Rug

On a customers floor:

Master Navajo Rug weaver Cecelia Nez's Teec Nos Pos on the floor of an American Indian Rug collector's home

We LOVE it!

  • Beth Barth