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Woven Holy People Shows Continues to draw interest. Featured Sandpainting Weaving Awes Visitors! 0
Navajo Rug by Helene Nez is one of the "Woven Holy People" SHOW STOPPERS!!
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Woven Holy People Walk Through 0
Join us Tomorrow, March 29th at 1:00 pm Arizona time For a Walk-Through of the Woven Holy People Exhibit at Nizhoni Ranch Gallery.
Call to RESERVE A SPOT or VIEW us on Facebook!!! We're doing a live feed. Nizhoni Ranch Gallery 520-455-5020 Sonoita AZhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw7AW7WiseY
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Woven Holy People Opening Wows Collectors! Hanging until May 28, 2016 0Pictured above are 3 of the more important weavigs in the Show: left is Chei "Grandfather of the gods" circa 1920 extremely rare; center is another rare 1930s Sandpainting weaving Night Skies Sandpainting from the Shooting Way Chant made with Germantown Yarns; and far right is the super fine Arrow People Sandpainting textile by Master Weaver Helene Nez! THE OPENING OF WOVEN HOLY PEOPLE was a huge success. Everyone was thrilled with the Exhibition as well as the demonstration by Elsie Bia. A good time was had by all. An unprecedented 10% of the show sold before it opened and within 3 days of opening another 10% has sold. The great response is directly related to the caliber of the weavings in the show some taking over 2 years to weave and others from well over 100 years ago. Many collectors said, "This much sacred imagery in one place at one time can be overwhelming. It does take a while to soak it all in." We welcome your visit - and if not in person, you can see the catalog of the weavings on our website, just click here - "Woven Holy People" for the link to the catalog.
Elsie Bia weaving at "Woven Holy People" Opening Reception !
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ELSIE BIA MASTER NAVAJO WEAVER TO DEMONSTRATE FEB 28TH "Woven Holy People" 0Reac about Elsie Bia in the Western Art Collector Magazine. She will be at the Nizhoni Ranch Gallery February 28th demonstrating on this new Yei weaving. We are excited to see how far she is up on the rug! We are very excited that one of our Churro Collection Master Weavers was featured as a Focus Artist in the March 2015 edition of Western Art Collector Magazine.
Congratulations to Elsie Bia !!!
Below is Elsie at Canyon de Chelly and Spider Rock featured in our latest advertisement in Western Art Collector Magazine
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NAVAJO YEI WEAVINGS CREATE A STIR 0The news is spreading about the show. The Navajo Yeis and Yei Be Cheis are dancing in the Gallery.
Southeastern Arizona gallery announces major show
It’s one of America’s oldest art forms, and now one special facet is being honored with its own show. Admirers of the textile art created by Navajo weavers marvel at the complexity and sheer beauty of these pieces, which take months, sometimes even years to painstakingly create by hand.
It takes the best of the best of these artisans to weave their spirituality into a rug or blanket. This is what the show, “Whoven Holy People” is all about.
From Feb. 28 to May 28, the Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in Sonoita is presenting more than 60 woven pieces with yeis, yei be cheis and sandpainting designs. Gallery owner and widely recognized Navajo weaving expert Steve Getzwiller considers this one of the most important single-subject showings in his 40-plus year career.
“These are from my own personal collection,” he said. “There are several examples that we have that were clearly woven by the same weaver, which is pretty unique.”
Sandpaintings are considered an integral part of blessing or healing ceremonies to cure a person’s physical or spiritual ills.
While sandpaintings themselves are temporary, a weaving like this is permanent, which is why sandpainting rugs or blankets can be controversial as it depicts certain features considered so revered by the Dine, the Navajos.
The yeis and yei be cheis are isolated elements of the ceremonies themselves, but are still considered holy people by the Navajos. It’s a subject Getzwiller says less than 1 percent of weavers have the talent and knowledge to tackle.
“That’s because it is sensitive and sacred imagery,” said Getzwiller. “A weaver has to have gone through the ceremonies and received clearance so to speak from the medicine man and the spirits of the Dine. The design will then flow through them to the loom.”
The show is kicking off a day early, Feb. 27, with a private showing for invited guests. On that day, as well as Sunday, Feb. 28, when the exhibit officially opens, Master Weaver Elsie Bia will be demonstrating her craft. This award-winning artist from Chinle, who learned her art from her grandmother, is the last in her family to weave these truly incredible pieces.
As this is a small gallery, its recommended attendees call ahead, to 455-5020 to reserve a time.
Nizhoni Ranch Gallery is located less than an hour southeast of Tucson. More information can be found on the gallery’s website, www.navajorug.com.
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New Arrival Two Navajo Corn Yeis Dominate their Wall 0
It is difficult to see, but the two Corn Stalk Yeis are surrounded by birds and of course Spider Woman Crosses. Our latest piece to hang as we get ready for the "Woven Holy People Show" Opening February 28th with Elsie Bia, Master Weaver, demonstrating at her loom.
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Navajo Rug Show & Sale Preparations 0
Navajo Rug Show & Sale Preparations - The walls are dancing!! Show extended by Popular Demand!! Don't miss it! Here is a sneak preview of a small portion of the Nizhoni Ranch House Gallery! The Holy People are dancing around the gallery!!
“Woven Holy People” February 28 – May 28, 2016 Now over 60 weavings that will date from the 1900’s to the present. Yei, Yei Be Chei and Sandpainting textiles. Our first in Gallery Show!!!During the Opening February 28th, Master Navajo Weaver Elsie Bia will be demonstrating her weaving expertise. She has a Yei weaving on the loom! Elsie Bia click here to see her weavings. A Catalog of the weavings will be available at the show! May be the biggest Navajo Weaving Show of the Year with many rare and extremely fine examples on display!! Sales have already started - some good friends will be finding new homes. We love this collection and are excited to share it with you! Steve and Gail Getzwiller
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Navajo Yei Weaving Show 0
UPCOMING SHOW Mark Your Calendar!! FEB 28 – May 28 - Extended through May by popular demand!
Holy Girl Yei Navajo Pictorial Weaving. She is over 8' Tall!
click here for more info on the upcoming show presents ” WOVEN HOLY PEOPLE” Show and Sale OPENING Sunday February 28, 2016 Reserve your space for the Opening Day with Steve Getzwiller.
“Woven Holy People” February 28 – May 28, 2016 Over 50 weavings will date from the 1900’s to the present. Yeis, Yei Be Chei and Sandpainting textiles. Our first in Gallery Show!!!I get more excited about the "Holy Woven People" show every day. As we hang the weavings and put together the history and information about each piece, it brings us so much closer to the Navajo spirit and origin. For example -this just makes me feel the peace and sacred heart of the Navajo : Gary Whiterspoon writes a Navajo saying which describes best the Navajo Hozho- ideal of beauty and the Navajo placement within. shil hozho with me there is beauty shii hozho in me there is beauty shaa hozho from me beauty radiates In the Navajo Creation Story, there exists numerous persona identified as Holy People or Yeibichai who exemplify the concepts of hozho. Yet these same Holy People also have the potential to create their dynamic opposites as seen in such qualities as chaos, foolishness and ugliness. This duality of beauty and harmony co-existing with chaos and disorder is indeed the central theme of the traditional Navajo culture and of weaving as well. CLICK HERE FOR A LINK TO THE CATALOG A few more examples below… Steve & Gail Getzwiller
Helene Nez working at the loom of one of the few Navajo Sandpainting weavings she has finished. I say few because each one takes 2 years to complete. This is an image of the Arrow People Yei.
Yei Be Chei - circa 1940 - 5' high by 8' wide. A monumental piece!!!
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UPCOMING SHOW Mark Your Calendar!! FEB 28 - APRIL 2 0
NIZHONI RANCH GALLERY presents " WOVEN HOLY PEOPLE" Show and Sale OPENING Sunday February 28, 2016 Reserve your space for the Opening Day with Steve Getzwiller.
"Woven Holy People" February 28 - extended by popular demand to May 28,2016 Over 60 weavings will date from the 1900’s to the present. Yeis, Yei Be Chei and Sandpainting textiles. Our first in Gallery Show!!!
This is one of the strongest single focus shows assembled by Steve since the "Treasures of the Navajo Horsemen" at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg Arizona. The gems are emerging from our shelves, closets, and vault. As we get reacquainted with the Navajo Holy People we feel something special, as we are sure you will, when you have the chance to view them in person. We are honored to be able to present them to you at The Nizhoni Ranch Gallery.
Up close and personal! All of the weavings are on display - touchable - no loop required! We have also installed new gallery lighting so you won't miss a thing, in detail or design!
We look forward to sharing these artful masterpieces with you! Some will enthrall you, some will give you a window into the past, and others will amaze you at the Navajo weavers talent and stamina.
A few examples below... Steve & Gail Getzwiller
GHT 2168 "Male & Female Yeis"
3215 : Christine Chischilly : 2nd Place 2015 Gallup Inter-Tribal Ceremonial
GHT 2074 YEI BE CHEI DANCERS
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