Hangin’ with the Masters – Ep. 12: The Fragua Family

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 12: The Fragua Family!!

The Fraguas will be in our studio on Saturday, December 8th from 12pm until 5pm.

This multi-generational show will be the final Hangin’ with the Masters event in 2018, so be prepared for a fun time!

Family members appearing include:

  • Juanita Fragua – Pottery
    • The matriarch of the Fragua family, Juanita creates elegant vessels using classic shapes and highly polished surfaces. She has been an award winner for many decades and is featured in multiple books on contemporary potters. A truly amazing and strong person, and a fantastic example and inspiration for the young potters of today!
  • Cliff Fragua – Sculpture, Multi-media
    • In his own words -“I have learned the secret of the stone through my cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, my work shows pride for the Pueblo culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. I have chosen stone as my medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth. I feel the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits me to express myself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect and revere as embodied in the stone”.

      Since 1974, when he created his first stone sculpture, Cliff has created a significant body of work that keeps evolving with new influences and new interests. His sculptures are featured in such public locations as the National Statuary Hall in the Nation’s Capitol, Albuquerque International Airport, and in permanent collections throughout the country. He has been included in major invitational exhibitions and one-man shows in leading museums and galleries and has earned highest honors and awards for his sculptures.

  • Glendora Fragua – Pottery, Painted glass
    • In her own words – 

      “My work is contemporary, but my methods are traditional. We gather clay from the Pueblo and temper it with volcanic ash. Our traditional paints are from the earth. The building and polishing are all done by hand.”

      Glendora is meticulous in her work on her pottery and the finishes.  In order to achieve the crispness in polish colors and incision, she often adds more details and slips, polishing more and more until she is totally satisfied with the results! Glendora’s pottery is exceptional in shape, form and design and, while identifiable with her signature style, is also ever-changing in subtle, yet striking ways.  She gets very excited to try new slips, design patterns and shapes and has added acrylic paints to her repertoire, accenting her pottery with a whole new color spectrum.

      Glendora has received numerous awards for her work at prestigious shows including the Santa Fe and Dallas Indian Markets, the Heard and Eiteljorg Museum markets and the Gallup Intertribal Indian Ceremonial.

  • Tablita Fragua – Pottery
    • A younger member of the extended Fragua family of potters, her father is renowned sculptor Cliff Fragua, but Tablita has chosen to work in clay, like her grandmother, Juanita Fragua. She says that holding the clay makes her …”feel so close to Mother Nature.” Her goal is to pass on the family pottery skills to another generation. Her smoothly finished and rounded pieces have a lovely, serene feeling.
  • Star Fragua – Culinary arts
    • Star is passionate about the culinary experience that she creates with each special opportunity. She is catering this event with a custom menu made just for this special family gathering. We are excited to enjoy her work!

Three generations from the award-winning Fragua family all in one place…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. 7: Clarence Cruz

Wright’s Indian Art is proud to present Hangin’ with the Masters – Episode 7: Clarence Cruz!!

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

Clarence Cruz learned pottery from observing and working with his sister, his aunts and his neighbors while growing up in Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan) Pueblo in New Mexico. He’s especially experienced in the making of micaceous pottery, or pottery made using clay with a high concentration of mica. This pottery is not only beautiful, but practical, as it is usually made to be utilitarian.

Clarence received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Allan Houser Legacy Award in 2012, honoring his contribution in traditional Pueblo pottery. He teaches at his alma mater, the University of New Mexico, as an assistant professor of art, focusing on Pueblo pottery.

Clarence was recently written up in the Albuquerque Journal, which you can find here.

The show will include a live demo and a talk regarding Clarence’s work and process.

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!!