Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 17: Jonah and Gregory Hill

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 17: Jonah and Gregory Hill!!

Jonah and Gregory will be in our gallery on Saturday, June 8th from 12 pm until 5 pm.

The Hill brothers are identical twins…and very different artists. Jonah is primarily a silversmith, though he also works in wood, photography, and printmaking. Gregory is known for his wooden carved toy tops, depicting colorful and meaningful symbolism in his functional works of art. The Hills also occasionally design pieces together.

In Jonah’s words:

“I am from the Hopi reservation in Northern Arizona. To the Hopi, water plays an important part of daily life. As dry farmers we rely on annual rain and snowfall to benefit our crops and orchards. Spirituality and ceremony are also a daily part of living, and being connected to place and nature has given me inspiration for my various types of expression. I have a vested interest in water issues as they pertain to native peoples and use the artistic process to express my love and concern for water and the related environmental issues surrounding this most precious resource. I have been an artist for over 10 years, I am a river guide, environmental educator, and ethnobotanist, and have worked with various types of media and have exhibited my work in numerous shows and galleries.”

In Gregory’s words:

“A top is one of the few toys that has the same method of play around the world. All I need to do is spin the top to draw people in. I’m making toys. I’m creating entertainment. I’m making joy.”

The tops started in 2008 as a project for his 8-year-old daughter. Gregory has been making them ever since, with an emphasis on creative shapes, colors, and beautiful symbolism. He also makes pendants using the same style and techniques, so that his art can be worn as well.

We are excited to have Jonah and Gregory at Wright’s for a fantastic event, so come enjoy them with us!

 

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 14: JJ Otero

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 14: JJ Otero!!

JJ will be in our studio on Saturday, March 9th from 12pm until 5pm.

JJ Otero is an artist on the rise! He has been known for his painting and woodwork, has won awards for his music, and now he is growing into an amazing silversmith!

JJ has developed his own aesthetic using different stamping techniques and heavy gauged silver and copper. His line stamping technique allows him to create detailed figures, deep symbolism, and memorable stories in every piece. JJ also titles every bracelet he makes so he can share his message; carved on the inside of each bracelet, the inner beauty is expressed in words instead of symbols.

JJ’s unique texturing technique gives his beautiful jewelry another dimension. His pieces each have an amazing depth and feel to them, exuding emotions and expressing his deep-rooted feelings and struggles. He will be doing a live demo during this event so he can share his process with us.

JJ’s sister, Cleo Otero, will be catering this event, giving it a true family feel! Cleo has been working professionally in the food industry for over 15 years and has a formal education in the culinary arts. She will be making a homemade meal for us, so you’ll definitely want to come and enjoy some amazing food!

This event will include a live stamping demo and music by JJ, as well as food by Cleo’s Catering, so make sure to join us for all the fun!!