Wayne and Tania Bobrick at Wright’s Indian Art. Photography by Sergio Salvador.
HIGHLIGHT: THE WRIGHT STUFF
When Wright’s Indian Art moved into a brand-new home on Albuquerque’s Louisiana and Menaul boulevards in 2013, a newcomer might have observed its colorful, modern design and thought it an upstart. But Wright’s is actually the city’s oldest Indian art gallery, celebrating its 110th birthday this year, its longevity underscored by a high favorability ranking in our poll.
Although it stocks a familiar list of Native items—baskets, rugs, jewelry, and pottery—the shop feels like a contemporary gallery. Director Dan Hyman and his wife, Lauren, focus on bringing in traditional and contemporary works from young Native artists. They’re carrying on the tradition of the store’s namesake, a young Kansan named Charles Wright, who established Indian art stores for the Fred Harvey Company at the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque and El Tovar at the Grand Canyon. In 1907, he opened Wright’s Trading Post and Curios in the heart of Downtown.
As the city grew, so did Wright’s, and the family developed relationships with the most talented, influential, and sought-after Native artists, including Maria Martinez and Pablita Velarde. In the 1950s, the last of the Wrights sold the business to Sam Chernoff, a Russian immigrant, and his wife, Marguerite, the daughter of French and Swiss diplomats posted to Mexico. They passed the business to their daughter and son-in-law, Tania and Wayne Bobrick. Last December, they passed it on to the Hymans—the Bobricks’ granddaughter and her husband—the latest caretakers to guarantee the perfect gift for the right occasion.
– Credit to newmexico.org and New Mexico Magazine for this article. Written by Gwyneth Doland.