Sale Ends; Bargains Continue

Did you take advantage of our 10-day special sale? Lots of people did and saved a bundle.

If you missed it, do not despair. Even without the extra discount, subscribers to our free Tribal Artery email newsletter receive an automatic 10% discount. (See below to sign up for your free subscription.)

The email newsletter is issued about once a week, usually on Sunday, so that you can read it at home on Sunday evening or find it waiting in your email inbox on Monday.

The subject matter is a mix of news about specials and interesting art objects in the Aboriginals Galleries, and reflections on newsworthy events elsewhere in the world of tribal art.

Our communication plan is to provide briefs in the enewsletter linked to expanded discussion in this blog.

Back to the bargains. It is a fact that it costs less to run an online gallery than to staff and pay rent for a physical store. So, when we closed our Sanibel Island physical gallery, we reduced our regular prices on line. Moreover, if you have spent any time in major galleries throughout the Southwest and major cities, you will know that our prices are at least as low if not lower for art objects that are at least as high quality as the competition's inventory.

We also work hard to represent artists whose work is not widely available. For example, Cochiti carvers, Salvador and Wilson Romero, are featured in just a handful of online and offline galleries. Zunilink at Aboriginals in one of those sources. The other is Keshi in Santa Fe. We identify them here because, frankly, if you are looking for a nice Salvador carving, and we don’t have what you want, we would rather have you get it there than go without.

Similarly, we carry carvings by Melvin Sandoval, a member of the San Felipe Pueblo whose wife is Zuni. Melvin’s carvings are unusually smooth and fluid, reflecting a distinctly impressionistic style.

We also carry work by Delbert ChargingCrow, Lakota Sioux, and Andrew Rodriquez, Laguna.

Andrew’s home is Mesita, New Mexico, but he currently lives in Albuquerque. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. While there, his mentor was the renowned Allen Houser. He later earned a degree, with distinction, in Fine Arts, from the University of New Mexico.

He works in clay plaques with deep relief and in sculpture, favoring white clay with a stone polished white slip. His plaques characteristically are matte finished in white or bisque. They make stunning wall d├ęcor, especially as the day’s light moves across their surfaces, changing the character of the vision as it goes.

We hope to see Andrew, Salvador, Wilson, Melvin and Delbert at Indian Market this year. Watch for our blog messages from Indian Market starting August 12, 2006.

This issue of Tribal Artery, the blog, comes to your from Aboriginals: Art of the First Person, with web sites at Native Jewelry Link, Native Pottery Link, Tribal Works and ZuniLink. We have provided links to individual artists above, in addition to these site links. You may subscribe to this blog by putting us on your feed list or you may subscribe to our email newsletter,