Native Artists Studio Tour

Guided by the Gaussoin family, Randy Chitto, and Mateo Romero

Field Trip

Friday, July 23, 2010, 8:45 am–2:45 pm

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Join us for a special tour of five Native American artists and SAR alumni with working studios in Santa Fe. The Gaussoin family—Connie, David, and Wayne (Diné/Picuris)—are redefining traditional jewelry to include modernistic influences in metalsmithing. Connie’s jewelry has a sensual beauty that incorporates both traditional and modern forms. David and Wayne work in a variety of metals including silver, gold, and steel. They are skilled lapidarists, working with precious and semi-precious stones, and they also demonstrate impressive artistic talents in photography, fashion, and music. The Gaussoins have won numerous awards, both as a family and individually. Together, they received the 2006 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellowship from SAR.

Randy Chitto (Choctaw) has moved both geographically and artistically from Mississippi to Chicago to Santa Fe, and from graphic artist to “storyteller” ceramicist. Turtle storytellers are now his trademark, in which he blends stories from his Choctaw heritage into clay sculptures. His turtles tell many stories, and are dressed as bears or clowns, or covered by smaller baby turtles. He has won several awards for his storytellers, and exhibits annually at the Santa Fe Indian Market and at the Heard Museum Show. Randy was the 2006 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellow at SAR.

Contemporary Pueblo painter Mateo Romero (Cochiti) grew up in an urban cultural environment, far from Pueblo life, but he was surrounded by artists, including his father. He attended Dartmouth, studying with acclaimed artists Ben Frank Moss and Varujan Boghosian, and received an MFA in printmaking from the University of New Mexico. His paintings depict urban and Pueblo life with bold, dramatic strokes and vivid colors. He has been a painting instructor at the Institute of American Indian Art and has won numerous awards, including Best of Class (painting) in the 1994 Indian Market and First Place (printmaking) at the 1991 Indian Market. SAR awarded Mateo with the 2002 Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship.

Activity Level: Easy, a van tour of three artists’ studios in Santa Fe, where presentations and demonstrations will be offered.

Cost: Per person, $75, includes transportation, artist honorariums, and a gourmet lunch prepared by the Kitchen Cafe at Plants of the Southwest.

Trip Registration: Participation in SAR field trips is one of the benefits of membership. To make registration equitable, we will begin accepting trip reservations Thursday, April 8, 2010, 8am to 5pm, for our Summer 2010 field trips. Beginning on that day, please call the SAR Membership Office at (505) 954-7203 to register or to receive additional information about any of these trips. Group size is limited. Reserve your space early.

For more information, visit the Field Trips section.

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