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The Watcher by Dan Friday

Lot 1: “Watcher Totem” by Dan Friday

 

Lummi Artist Dan Friday honors the Coast Salish mythology through the young and expanding field of studio glasswork.

Friday has lived in the Pacific Northwest his whole life, and has cultivated his artistic vision under the strong influence of his indigenous roots. Craft, form and idea drive Dan’s work from conception to object. The past two decades working with artists, such as Dale Chihuly and Paul Marioni, have given him the tools and inspiration to further hone his craft, producing some of the finest examples of glasswork in the region.

This vivid example of Friday’s work, “Watcher Totem,” is suffused with his themes and forms. This exquisite piece, featuring Raven taking the long view atop a sky of azure blue glass, features Friday at his very best and most lyrical.

Vintage Squash Blossom Necklace

Lot 2: Vintage Squash Blossom Necklace

 

This stunning vintage (circa 1960s) silver Navajo squash blossom necklace with cabochon set turquoise stones will be sure to turn heads. The necklace is 24” long and substantial. The Naja, crescent-shaped pendant measures 3 inches and features oval, clustered turquoise stones. The turquoise stone is featured widely in many Southwest Native American and Mesoamerican jewelry designs. Notably, Aztec, Zuni, and Navajo cultures mined, traded, and crafted ceremonial and decorative pieces from turquoise.

The companion vintage Navajo sterling silver and turquoise cuff bracelet (not pictured) features a large light blue turquoise cabochon with copper color and white matrix. The stone, beautifully blue and vibrant, is secure in a smooth bezel. The bracelet measures about 5.5” around the inside with a 1” opening for a total of 6.5”.

Northwest Glass Experience

Lot 3: Northwest Glass Experience

 

Imagine. You and five of your friends could partake in an experience you’ll be talking about for years to come!

Spend the night at the brand new McMenamins Tacoma Elks Temple, a historic site and swanky stay for you and yours. Wake to a hearty breakfast, and then be off on your fantastic glass tour.

Your first stop will be the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Next, join renowned glass artist Dan Friday, who will take you on a personal tour of the Chihuly Boat House on Lake Union, open only by special invitation.

The glass immersion continues in Seattle where plans include a guided tour with Preston Singletary at his studio, and a visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum to at Seattle City Center. Cap off your experience with a luscious dinner and overnight stay in the Emerald City.

This package is sponsored in part by Deschutes Investment Consulting.

Salmon Panel by Bill Henderson

Lot 4: “Salmon Panel” by Bill Henderson

 

This exquisite, mint condition and hand carved panel depicts a jumping salmon in the Northwest Coastal carving tradition. It is expertly crafted of yellow cedar, surrounded by cedar bark rope and inlaid with abalone throughout.

Artist Bill Henderson is one of nine sons, born to the late carver Chief Sam Henderson of the Weiwaikum band of the Kwakiutl. As a child, Bill learned the ways of an artist by watching his father, a self-taught carver. Today, the creative traditions of the Henderson family continue to be nurtured by a third generation.

Measurements: approx. 41.5” diameter x 1” deep

Looking Foward Button Blanket by Nichole and Alice Maher

Lot 5: “Looking Forward” Button Blanket by Alice and Nichole Maher

 

Alice Maher’s button blankets are works of art, and have become a very special tradition at many a NAYA Gala. Maher, her daughter and granddaughter have created a spectacular piece by carefully affixing hundreds of abalone and shell buttons to this blanket by hand. The shell buttons are antique, collected during the Great Depression for the purpose of reviving the button blanket tradition.

“Looking Forward,” depicts two stories coming together to create a new message, beautifully shown in the design. The top of the blanket is a bear box design, and inside is a message about a people you least expect having the most important lesson to teach you. The bottom part of the blanket is about transformation. Maher’s design was inspired by the many Indigenous women rising up in leadership roles whom we might not first expect, but who are exactly the people our society needs to lead us.

Measurements: 22” x 22” x .5”

Beaver by C.B. Greul

Lot 6: “Beaver” by C.B. Greul

 

The beautiful “Beaver,” was crafted by celebrated British Columbia artist, C.B. Greul (1923 – ), in the early 1950s. Hand painted with Octopus ink on handmade rice paper, this antique piece of art is exquisite and rare.

Greul maintained a high degree of fidelity to the NW Coast traditions witnessed in the emphatic line strokes of this piece. He followed strict rules of Haida art, and then innovated to produce striking effects.

A pioneer in the revitalization of Haida and Northwest Art, C.B. Greul’s work is widely collected by museums and individual collectors. In response to his success, many Indigenous artists began to silk screen and take back traditional rights to their art form.

Measurements: 32” x 44”

Indian with Red Button by Fritz Scholder

Lot 7: “Indian with Red Button” by Fritz Scholder

 

Fritz Scholder (1937-2005) a member of the Luiseno Nation, is considered a forerunner of the contemporary Native American art movement. Scholder shunned the sentimental portrayal of traditional Indians and in doing so paved the way for other Native artists to follow. He taught at the renowned Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe from 1964-1969, and his work is in numerous permanent and private collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Today, he is widely collected and his early works, such as the one seen here, are highly sought after collector’s pieces.

“Indian with Red Button,” is a hand pulled stone lithograph, depicting a front facing Native American man with a feather in his hair, hair in traditional braids with fur embellishments, wearing a bone breast plate over a black striped shirt with one red button at the collar.

This striking expressionist work uses just two colors of red and black printed onto buff Arches paper. It is hand signed on lower right corner, and hand numbered on lower left corner.

Measurements: 35.5” x 27”

Fall Hawk I by Rick Bartow

Lot 8: “Fall Hawk I” by Rick Bartow

 

Rick Bartow (1943 – 2016) was a member of the Wiyot tribe from Northwestern California and spent his life on the central Oregon Coast in the small town of Newport. His work is collected worldwide, and the subject of over 100 solo exhibitions at prominent museums and galleries.

Bartow’s art speaks to the soul of his Native and white identities, suffused with myth animals with whom he walked – raven, coyote, eagle and hawk. His sensitivity to the transformative states embodied in myth reach out palpably in this powerful work you see tonight. “Fall Hawk,” was painted in 2003 and is a perfect example of Bartow’s skill and soulfulness.

Widely collected over his forty-year career, Bartow has attracted national attention and support, including a commissioned sculpture for the Smithsonian/National Museum of the American Indian. He is an eminent artist and Native man whose reputation continues to grow, while his art continues to be coveted by collectors around the world.

Measurements: approx. 38.5” x 21.5”

Wolf Paddle by Mikayla McKeehan

Lot 9: “Wolf Paddle” by Mikayla McKeehan

 

Perfect in every way, this hand carved paddle carries the design of a wolf in the Northwest Coast stylized form. Artist Mikayla McKeehan was only 16 years old when she carved this stunning paddle under the supervision of Tsimshian master carver, John Hudson.

Mikayla has continued her carving and painting education through the Metlakatla High School art program, and takes pride in creating works of great technical skill, well beyond her years.

Measurements: 44” x 5.75” x 1.25”

Universal Orlando Resort Vacation

Lot 10: Universal Orlando Resort Vacation

 

You and three guests will embark on a trip to Orlando Florida and stay four nights at one of Universal Orlando Resort’s on-site hotels, including the Loews Portfolio Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort or Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. On-site hotel guests receive exclusive theme park benefits including early park admission and complimentary resort wide transportation. Guests of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Royal Pacific Resort will also enjoy free Universal Express unlimited ride access and be allowed to skip the regular lines in both theme parks. During your stay, enjoy four multi-day passes to Universal Studios and Universal’s Island of Adventure theme parks. In addition, your round trip tickets are provided, courtesy of Alaska Airlines. Up, up and away you go!

A Day in the Life by Anthony Chee Emerson

Lot 11: “A Day in the Life” by Anthony Chee Emerson

 

Anthony Chee Emerson is a Diné artist born in 1963, in the Four Corners area of New Mexico. Trained in New Mexico, his work is featured in numerous publications and galleries throughout the American Southwest. Emerson’s work is fundamentally impacted by his understanding of the four directions. Emerson notes the East as a place of beginnings, “where life experiences are interpreted into folk art painting with intense color.” The South is the “developmental stage,” expressing Navajo spirituality through “whimsical and free falling designs and patterns.” The West “represents growth and maturity” presenting a more abstract style mirroring the gift of imagination. Finally, Emerson notes the North as a source for a more representational style, as seen in landscapes and depictions of wildlife.

Much of Emerson’s work results from a meeting of two directions. Emerson credits his children for influencing him to become a storyteller through his paintings.

With its inherent drama, sense of movement and flush of color, “A Day in the Life” is evocative of ledger drawings from the nineteenth century. Horse and rider go round in an endless cycle of daily and seasonal life. This beautiful and unusual round painting is on raw paper, reminiscent of hides that once served for a painter’s canvas.

Measurements: 26.5” diameter

Sacred Celebration – Eagle Tray and Eagle Mask

Lot 12: Sacred Celebration – Eagle Tray and Eagle Mask

 

The eagle is revered among many Native cultures for its ability to fly high and see far beyond what meets the human eye. We bring you a dynamic pair of eagle carvings, a very fine Eagle Potlatch bowl from the Pacific Northwest, and a striking Eagle Mask by artist Emil Thibert, Cree.

Thibert is a renowned Northwest Coast Metis artist who studied the Kwakiutl style of carving from Carl Simeon of Campbell River in British Columbia, over 22 years ago. He places heavy emphasis on the study of old pieces in all styles of the authentic Northwest coast carving, and carves a variety of styles in masks, intending his carvings to be a way of ensuring that those traditions are preserved for future generations. This exemplary mask is made of red cedar, woven with cedar bark and pigmented with natural materials.

The mask is paired perfectly with the Eagle Potlatch Bowl. Though the artist is unknown, the degree of skill is apparent in both the fine shape of the wood, and the gorgeous painting that maintains high fidelity to Northwest Coast tradition. Red cedar is complemented by cowry shell and offset by the powerful traditional colors of red and black. A potlatch is a gift-giving festival and primary economic system still practiced by indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast of Canada and United States.

Measurements: Mask-13” x 12” x 10”; Tray-29”x15”x6

Ivory Snow Geese in Flight

Special Addition: Ivory Snow Geese in Flight

 

These antique and hand carved ivory snow geese seem to be taking flight. They are a beautiful and highly collectible item and valuable not only for the material with which they are made, but the highly skilled carving and craft that went into them.

Carved in the Inupiat style circa 1950, and signed by Inupiat carver R. Soolook of Diomede, Alaska, these snow geese are a treasure.

Fly home with these four hand carved ivory snow geese by R. Soolook.