Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 15: Teddy Draper Jr. and Ophelia Garcia

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 15: Teddy Draper Jr. and Ophelia Garcia!!

Teddy and Ophelia will be in our gallery on Friday, April 5th from 4 pm until 7 pm.

They will be in our studio on Saturday, April 6th from 11 am until 3 pm.

Teddy is offering a class, “Learnin’ with the Masters: A Pastel Workshop with Teddy Draper Jr.” from 3:30 pm until 7:30 pm on Saturday, April 6th.

This workshop will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Teddy will be able to accept eight students for the class, at the cost of $100 per student, which includes all materials and four hours of hands-on instruction provided by Teddy Draper Jr. 

Click here to register!

*In the event of cancellation of this workshop, full refunds will be issued within seven (7) business days.

Teddy Draper, Jr. is the son of a WWII Navajo “Code Talker” Ted Draper, Sr. and has been the recipient of many prestigious awards for his art. He is a master of pastels and excels in oils, watercolor, and traditional and contemporary jewelry. The unique Draper pastel technique, constantly refined over more than thirty years, is his own personal style and his interpretation and artistic vision of what he calls “them unseen colors”. Ted resides on the rim of the Canyon de Chelly near his studio and gallery with his wife, noted jeweler Ophelia Garcia.

Ophelia is especially known for her curved bracelets, which seem to hug the wrist ergonomically. She uses the finest quality stones and is considered a master silversmith. Along with Teddy, she has been known to use the very rare Maw Sit Sit (only found in Burma) in her amazing pieces, a stone like no other. She and Teddy sometimes collaborate on pieces, as well as making their own jewelry separately from each other. Ophelia has won many awards for her gorgeous work, and is recognized worldwide for her unique style and flawless execution.

Join us for this unique event, you won’t want to miss it!


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!!

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 10: Joe and Althea Cajero

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 10: Joe and Althea Cajero!!

The Cajeros will be in our studio on Saturday, October 6th from 12pm until 5pm.

Althea has been lauded with a number of awards for her jewelry designs using cuttlefish bone, coral, precious gems and turquoise. Joe’s spectrum of media includes works in bronze, clay and jewelry, in sizes that are both monumental and intimate. Joe’s pieces are part of collections including Santa Fe’s, Museum of Indian Arts & Crafts, as well as private collections throughout the U.S.

Both also show at the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Art Market in Phoenix, AZ as well as a number of other art and Native American art markets throughout the southwest.

In 2014, Joe and Althea Cajero were awarded the MIAC Living Treasure award in recognition of their artistic excellence and community service. Enjoy this excerpt from their interview for this prestigious award.

– Video by John Sadd


The Cajeros will be giving a talk while performing a live demo, including Joe beginning work on a new clay piece and Althea sharing information and materials related to cuttlebone casting.

We look forward to seeing you at this amazing event!!

Hangin’ with the Masters 1st Annual Artist Showcase

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present the Hangin’ with the Masters 1st Annual Artist Showcase!

The 1st Annual Artist Showcase will be in our studio on Saturday, August 11th from 11am until 5pm.

Native American artists from all over will be here to welcome you to Albuquerque just one week before Santa Fe Indian Market! This fantastic event will feature a mix of new and experienced artists who have a working relationship with Wright’s.

Take a look at this talented and varied group:

Abraham Peina – Jewelry

Daryl Begaye – Painting

Gabe Natan – Jewelry

Victor Vigil – Sculpture

Keli’i Eli – Fetish Carving, Sculpture

Ronnie Henry – Jewelry

Nusie Belon – Jewelry

Shawn Sheyka – Jewelry

Steven Lente – Unique Gourdwork

Yvonne Romero – Contemporary Beadwork

Tim Yazzie – Jewelry

Travis Blackbird – Ledger Art

Nate Nez – Painting

Clarence Cruz – Pottery

We look forward to seeing you at this fantastic event!!

Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 6: Kathleen, Adrian and Marcus Wall

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 6: Kathleen, Adrian and Marcus Wall!

The Walls will be in our studio on Saturday, June 2nd from 12pm until 5pm.

These fantastic artists have won numerous awards and been displayed in collections and museums far and wide!

Marcus learned from his mother and refined his techniques further while working with Kathleen. He has developed his own distinctive style and specializes in animal figurines and koshares that embody warmth and happiness. He always includes special details in his animal figures that make them all one-of-a-kind.

Adrian was inspired by his father’s work in Cliff Fragua’s studio and has become a renowned sculptor, though he works in multiple media, also including metal, glass and clay. From sculpture to pottery and beautiful glass and silver jewelry, Adrian has shown his creativity in numerous ways over the years.

Kathleen grew up following in the footsteps of her grandparents, mother and aunts. She has always wanted to share her creativity and tribal history through her art. She is well known for her koshares and her large installations, and she has been winning awards since the first time she entered Santa Fe Indian Market.

The show will include live demos and a talk about artistic processes with the Wall siblings.

You won’t want to miss this fantastic family show!!