Victoria Adams Arrives at Sorrel Sky

Family ties draw esteemed jeweler to Santa Fe gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery is honored to offer the exquisite traditional jewelry of renowned artist Victoria Adams at its Santa Fe location.

Victoria is one of the premier jewelry artists in the Southwest and is a favorite exhibitor each year at the Santa Fe Indian Market. She has not shown her work in a gallery for nearly five years, when she exhibited at Blue Rain Gallery.

Pathway Pendant“I stayed very busy with the Indian Market and decided to lay low for a while. Then, the next thing I knew Shanan opened up a gallery in Santa Fe,” Victoria said.

Shanan is Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells, and though the two are not blood relatives there are family ties. Wells’ father, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, also an internationally famous jewelry artist, has a longtime friendship and working relationship with Victoria’s aunt, Ann Strange Owl Raven, from their days on the Northern Cheyenne reservation. Although she has been aware of Nighthorse’s reputation for her entire life, Victoria didn’t meet Ben and his wife, Linda, until this year.

“Cody Sanderson and Ray Tracey kept telling Shanan she should get her hands on me,” Victoria laughed. “A couple of months ago I went to an opening for Ray and Ben and Linda were there – it was like old home week and I hadn’t even met them before.”Victoria Adams

Victoria’s designs feature unique combinations of color, texture and materials. Juxtaposing precious metals, gemstones and fossils with plant, animal and human forms, she expresses her own heritage, experiences and values in life. She believes Sorrel Sky is the perfect showcase for her art.

“I had been through a lot of changes and the stars sort of lined up,” Victoria said. “I think Shanan’s vision for the gallery is something I really am in line with. It’s not just focused on American Indian artists, and it has a beautiful, clean professional feel; it’s inviting to go into and is just a lovely atmosphere.”

Victoria Adams’ is now available at Sorrel Sky in Santa Fe and she will be a featured artist during the Indian Market in August. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Shane Hendren Joins Sorrel Sky Gallery

Jeweler brings diverse background to Santa Fe galleryShane Hendren

Sorrel Sky Gallery is proud to announce that it will now feature the handcrafted jewelry of New Mexico artist Shane Hendren at the gallery’s Santa Fe location.

“Shane’s doesn’t typically show his beautiful work in galleries so we’re extremely happy he chose us to represent him and his craft,” said Sorrel Sky owner Shanan Campbell Wells.

t58WY50213121537Hendren comes from a ranching family with roots in Arizona and New Mexico and began making jewelry when he was 19 years old in college at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He began his professional career working at the prestigious Museum of the American Indian in New York City before returning to the West where he enrolled at the University of New Mexico where he completed his Bachelor’s degree with a rare multi-disciplinary finish – he’s proficient in painting, sculpture, film, dance, metal arts, pottery and ceramics. “I did it all and I did it all well,” Shane said.

Although he’s been an independent jewelry artist for more than 15 years, Shane still doesn’t pigeonhole himself into any singular description or genre. His roots are deep and varied, tracing his ancestry to early Irish immigrants as well as Choctaw and Navajo bloodlines. To him, art is art and it’s a big part of why he chose Sorrel Sky to represent his work.

“I never did and to this day I don’t self identify as an Indian artist, I never saw myself that way. I’m a genuine American,” Shane said. “I was pleased with Shanan’s presentation of the art. With my museum background I cringe to see things piled on top of each other. I like to see a painting or a piece of jewelry stand on its own merits, so I have these standards how I think a gallery should present art. I only want to be represented by galleries that show a diversity of art and aren’t constrained by all of the idioms that exist – I don’t want to be in an Indian Art Gallery, or a modern art gallery. Sorrel Sky is representative of the community I grew out of and there are very few who do that successfully and I feel like Sorrel Sky is there.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and or Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Cody Sanderson is a shining star at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Santa Fe gallery to host one-man show with top silversmith

Sorrel Sky Gallery of Santa Fe will host a one-man show with Cody Sanderson, one of the top jewelry artists working today, on Fathers Day weekend. Cody will display many new pieces from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 19 at Sorrel Sky Gallery, 125 W. Palace Ave. in Santa Fe.

"Death Star Ring" by Cody Sanderson

“Death Star Ring” by Cody Sanderson

The renowned and award-winning Navajo jeweler is known for his imaginative and even playful style, and yet he is very serious when it comes to his finished work. Such talent and an eye for detail is why Cody’s list of accolades reads like a “Best Of” list for the awards circuit. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Santa Fe Indian Market in 2002, Cody has been honored by countless organizations including the Smithsonian Institution and the Southwest Association for Indian Arts. One of his most famous pieces, a sterling silver Rubik’s cube, won Best in Show at the prestigious Heard Museum collection. It is no wonder why Cody is considered a superstar in the world of Navajo jewelry. Sorrel Sky owner Shanan Campbell Wells goes even further in her praise for Sanderson and his work.

“Cody is one of the most sought after artists working today and it’s an event every time he shows his new pieces,” Wells said. “His work is so cutting edge and we can’t wait to see what he’s been working on.”

It’s hard to say what Cody does best, because his talent is revealed at every step in the creative process. His unique designs are a result of hours of experimentation, and his hands-on craftsmanship shows itself through the not-so-exciting techniques of stamping, forging, casting and bending. No detail is overlooked from conception to completion and it’s what sets Cody Sanderson apart from any of the artists in his field.

Cody Sanderson

Cody Sanderson

“I really enjoy waking up to know I’m going to create something,” Cody said. “A new day is a new piece.” His one-man show is a must-see event for all who appreciate the fine art of jewelry making.

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents more than 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and Ben Nighthorse, among others.

See Western painter Carrie Fell in action at Sorrel Sky Gallery

Popular contemporary artist will give in-gallery demo for First Friday Art Walk

Sorrel Sky Gallery of Santa Fe will host an evening with Colorado artist Carrie Fell, whose work is unique among painters of the American West. Fell will present an in-studio art demonstration to introduce her latest series, “Unbridled Souls: Portrait of the American Horse.” This special event will be held during the First Friday Art Walk from 5-7:30 p.m. on June 5. Sorrel Sky is located at 125 W. Palace Ave.

"Grand Passion" by Carrie Passion

“Grand Passion” by Carrie Passion

Since 1988, Fell’s self-discovered technique has continually led her to choose cowboys and cowgirls as her favorite subject, with watercolors, acrylic and oil. She is a dynamic and entertaining personality who tailors each public appearance to connect the audience to her works and processes.

A Colorado native, Carrie Fell’s style depicts the traditional icons of the Old West with a thoroughly modern twist using vibrant colors, appropriate use of negative space and fluid forms. This is the New West—the west as a “state of mind”—a place of change with an attitude of boldness and energy. “I want my art to play a personal role in people’s lives. If a painting moves you at some deeper level, then I have reached my goal.”

Carrie dedicates her life to her paintings and all who know her look with anticipation to the next glimpse of the Wild West through her perceptive eye.

Stock Show by Carrie Fell

“Stock Show” by Carrie Fell

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Presents Artist Workshop with Edward Aldrich

Students Focus on Painting Animals

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host a workshop with artist, Edward Aldrich on Painting Animals in Durango, Colorado on Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26. Edward Aldrich is known worldwide for his captivating images of wildlife in their natural environs. Aldrich will help students depict fur, feathers and musculature in his 3-day workshop.

Fight Or Flight

Fight Or Flight

Edward Aldrich’s deep and sophisticated portrayals of animals are collected around the world. Aldrich is dedicated to reaching beyond the realistic rendering of wildlife and the natural world, conveying the inherent being of an animal.

His style invokes the thrill of witnessing a cougar or wolf in the wild. “My goal as an artist is to keep exploring the idea of putting life into my paintings,” Aldrich says.

Aldrich was juried into the Society of Animal Artists soon after graduating from art school. He is now frequently included in their annual exhibition – “Art and the Animal.” Aldrich is also in the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum and is regularly featured into their prestigious “Birds in Art.” His paintings have been included in many national shows, as well as twelve one man shows in various galleries, including Sorrel Sky.

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s 3rd Annual Artists Workshop Series is scheduled over weekends to encourage artists to come and stay to the location and enjoy the experience of learning with a master and getting to know the arts community in both Durango and Santa Fe. For more information and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555. A complete listing of workshops is available at http://www.sorrelsky.com. Hotel accommodation packages are also available to those traveling.

Edward Aldrich

Edward Aldrich

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky welcomes Darryl Dean Begay

Award-winning jeweler now showing in Santa Fe

Sorrel Sky Gallery of Santa Fe is pleased to announce the addition of Darryl Dean Begay to the gallery’s roster of esteemed artists. Darryl is a Navajo artist who has been making jewelry, often working with his wife, Rebecca, for 17 years.

“I don’t mass produce,” Darryl says of his meticulous methods. “The thing with me is that making jewelry is more of an art form.”

Turtle Bracelet

Turtle Bracelet

Darryl shows at several of the top Native American galleries nationwide and Sorrel Sky Gallery owner Shanan Campbell Wells said she’s honored to have him join one of Santa Fe’s up and coming galleries.

“I was aware of Darryl’s work and we finally met through one of our top artists, Ray Tracey,” Wells said. “I couldn’t be happier to have such an incredible talent in our cadre of artists.”

In 2009, Darryl and Rebecca won the coveted Best of Show award at the 88th Santa Fe Indian Market. Darryl is one of the few true masters of the tufa casting process, and unlike many of his peers he has the ability to solely create each piece from start to finish. He works chiefly with high-grade turquoise and silver, but also uses coral and other gemstones and works in 18-karat gold as well. He learned the craft from his uncle, Bobby Begay, and his mentor, Raymond C. Yazzie.

“The niche I have in the art world is that I carve and inlay as well as work with the high-grade stones so I can do the majority of the work myself,” Darryl said. “What I’ve done to establish my name is to be unique and take it to the highest level I can. I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve gotten into really good galleries like Sorrel Sky.”

Darryl’s Navajo culture has a powerful influence on his jewelry, telling a story that allows ancient ceremonies and chants to live on.

“I would like people to know that as an Indigenous people, we are still holding on to our language and culture,” he said. “I know my calling and it is to create beautiful jewelry and bring joy to people. I thank God for the talent he has blessed me with.”

Darryl Dean Begay

Darryl Dean Begay

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Welcomes Beau L’Amour to Santa Fe

Son of renowned author puts his own signature on father’s early work

Sorrel Sky Gallery of Santa Fe is pleased to announce a very special event with Beau L’Amour, the son of legendary Western writer Louis L’Amour. Beau will speak and sign copies of his graphic novel “Law of the Desert Born” from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Sorrel Sky is located at 125 W. Palace Ave.

The book, which Beau co-wrote with his friend Katherine Nolan, is a re-imagining of a Louis L’Amour short story from 1946 about double-crossing gunfighters and bad blood in the Old West. The story was one of the first Westerns Louis wrote after coming home from World War II and Beau has dusted it off with a beautiful hardbound edition brought to life on the pages with striking illustrations by Thomas Yeates, We are especially proud to host Beau for this event at our Santa Fe location, as the story is set in New Mexico in the 1880s and Yeates’ images celebrate the vast landscape that has inspired so many other artists.

As the son of such a luminary as Louis L’Amour, Beau learned the art of storytelling before he could walk. The family still owns a ranch near Durango, Colorado and Beau came to appreciate the splendor of the American West at an early age as well. He branched out from the literary world of his father into all aspects of the entertainment industry, working in radio, magazines, television and film as an artist, writer and director. His collaborators on “Law of the Desert Born” travel in the same circles, and the book’s dramatic storytelling style is a reflection of their filmmaking influences.

Beau L’Amour is an engaging and dynamic speaker and this should be an entertaining and informative evening for fans of the classic Western. More information about the book project and Beau L’Amour is available at www.lawofthedesertborn.com.

Painting Western and Southwestern Landscapes with a Master Artist

By Sorrel Sky Gallery

Sorrel Sky Gallery will host a workshop with artist, Stephen Day on The Basics of Landscape Painting in Durango, Colorado on Friday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1. Participants will learn the basics of painting the western and southwestern landscapes with Day doing daily demonstrations.

Day - Sunlight on Evening Clouds

Day is a full-time artist in New Mexico and primarily paints in oil. He is known for the big skies in his paintings and appreciates the embers of light that send a certain glow to these partly cloudy scenes. He captures a specific moment in time and enjoys portraying how this time of day is reflected on the landscape below. Day’s subjects are from life but the landscape is his first love. He says, “This work philosophy forces me to paint quickly to get a spontaneous and fresh response, because everything around us, including ourselves is in a constant state of change.”

in the aspen

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s 3rd Annual Artists Workshop Series is scheduled over weekends to encourage artists to come and stay to the location and enjoy the experience of learning with a master and getting to know the arts community in both Durango and Santa Fe. For more information and to register for a workshop call (970) 247-3555. A complete listing of workshops is available at http://www.sorrelsky.com. Hotel accommodation packages are also available to those traveling.

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

Sorrel Sky Gallery Welcomes Contemporary Jewelry Artist, Cody Sanderson

Sorrel Sky Gallery announces the representation of award-winning contemporary, Navajo jewelry artist,Cody Sanderson to its Santa Fe location. Sanderson will make a personal appearance and present a talk on his collections during the Art Matters Santa Fe event Saturday, February 7 from 5 – 7 p.m.

cody

Sanderson grew up in Window Rock, Arizona. In 1999, he began making his own designs by watching and learning from other artists and taking classes and workshops. His skills in jewelry making often involves hand-fabricated techniques such as stamping, forging, casting and metal bending. Sanderson designs are truly cutting edge as he loves the challenge in creating something different and says, “I really enjoy waking up to know I’m going to create something. A new day is a new piece.”

Since Sanderson’s first appearance at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 2002, his work has skyrocketed in popularity. He has earned numerous awards, including the prestigious Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market Best of Show and the SWAIA Indian Market 1st Place ribbon.

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Shanan Campbell Wells, gallery owner states, “It’s an honor to partner with an artist of this caliber whose views are aligned with the gallery’s values and visions for the future.”

Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

​Bowles Joins Esteemed Cadre of Contemporary Western Artists at Sorrel Sky Gallery in Santa Fe

By Sorrel Sky Gallery

Bowles

Sorrel Sky Gallery continues to showcase world-class artists and owner, Shanan Campbell Wells is honored to welcome her newest addition photographer and artist, Barbara Bowles. Famously known as “The Pickup Artist®”, Bowles will kick off the New Year with her one-woman show, “Another Door Opens” during Santa Fe’s First Friday ArtWalk on Friday, January 2 from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Bowles was raised in the northeast, but drawn to the light and beauty of New Mexico about 13 years ago.  After 10 years of owning and operating her own gallery in Santa Fe featuring her photographic series, she states “Doors can represent the choices we have to make in our lives” and believes “another door will open when we are ready to walk through it.”  She is excited to begin a new journey with such a fine gallery.

Bowles photographs are printed with pigmented inks on watercolor paper that brings out the natural textures and colors of the rusted trucks. The subject may be old but the compositions are very abstract and contemporary. Bowles sees life and love in rusty trucks and considers the work truck as a metaphor for life’s journeys.

Shanan Campbell Wells, gallery owner says “having Barbara at our gallery is such a wonderful gift and we are excited to represent her work in Santa Fe.”

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Sorrel Sky Gallery’s fresh approach to Western art presents a select collection of contemporary and traditional fine art and jewelry for the discerning collector. Sorrel Sky Gallery was founded in Durango, CO in 2002 and opened its Santa Fe, NM location in 2014. It represents over 60 painters, sculptors and jewelers including bronze artist Star Liana York, painter Billy Schenck, and former U.S. Senator Ben Nighthorse, among others.

 
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