Join us Friday, October 16th at 5:30, and Saturday, October 17th at 1:30, as we offer a unique, two-day opportunity to learn about the art of Navajo weaving at Sorrel Sky Santa Fe. Jackson Clark, an authority on Navajo weaving and the owner of Toh-Atin Gallery in Durango, will offer two free lectures at Sorrel Sky’s downtown location at 125 W Palace Ave. Due to the need to respect social distancing guidelines, seating will be limited and reservations are suggested. Contact the gallery at 505-501-6555. Clark will be at the Gallery all day Friday and Saturday to provide insights to new and experienced collectors. Sorrel Sky Santa Fe is also displaying a large collection of Navajo rugs, vintage and contemporary, from many different areas of the Navajo Reservation through the end of October 2020.
Jackson Clark is the third generation of his family to be involved in the Navajo trading business. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he put himself through college selling Navajo rugs that he obtained from his father’s trading business. He spent time with his father, visiting the Navajo Reservation, weavers and traders, and developed an admiration for the people and their artwork. His mother was raised at a trading post in New Mexico. Clark and his sister spent much of the summers during their youth at the post.
After more than four decades in the business, Clark is considered an expert in Navajo weaving and regularly gives presentations on Native American art at conferences, museums, and galleries. He was a founding member and former officer of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association, has been a judge at the Santa Fe Indian Marker, and has worked to help promote authentic Native American arts and crafts.
The presentations on the 16th and 17th are a combination of the history of the Navajo people, their weaving, and their relationship with the trading posts. Clark examines the difficult times that the Navajo have had as a tribe, the beauty of their culture, art, and homeland, as well as the humor and belief in themselves that has brought them to the 21st century, a proud and vibrant people.
The presentations on the 16th and 17th are a combination of the history of the Navajo people, their weaving, and their relationship with the trading posts. Clark examines the difficult times that the Navajo have had as a tribe, the beauty of their culture, art, and homeland, as well as the humor and belief in themselves that has brought them to the 21st century, a proud and vibrant people. (Corn Yei Weaving Tabitha Bitah – 37×80)
Shanan Campbell, owner of Sorrel Sky Gallery, talked about Clark’s expertise. “Jackson’s family has been trading Navajo art and weaving for over 6 decades. This makes his knowledge both personal and generational. I’ve always been touched by the generosity he and his family have shown in sharing that knowledge. These talks will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this beautiful art form, acquire a one-of-a-kind weaving, and experience how the sharing of knowledge connects all of us.”