SOFA, Sculptural Objects & Functional Art, is an art and design fair which features unusual and outstanding contemporary art and design. SOFA – West, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico is joining with SWAIA to feature some of the most inspiring contemporary Native American jewelers.
SOFA’s 3rd annual western edition returns to the Santa Fe Convention Center with new high summer dates, August 4 – 7 at the Santa Fe Convention Center. With 35 exhibitors confirmed to date, the show is up in dealer participation from last year’s 28.
Thursday, August 4th – Sunday, August 7th
12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Santa Fe Convention Center
201 W. Marcy St., Santa Fe
The nine participating artists will include:
Keri Ataumbiwas raised on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming where she was exposed to both traditional Native American and contemporary aesthetics.
Pat Pruitt currently resides on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in the village of Paguate. Pruitt started making jewelry 20 years ago. He is a talented artist who is known for combining modern technology and software with traditional influence and design.
Robin Waynee is a member of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan and is of Chippewa – German descent. In 2010 and 2011 Waynee was awarded a first place Saul Bell Award, which is regarded as one of the most prestigious international jewelry design awards.
Victoria Adams is an enrolled member of the Southern Cheyenne/Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma. Adams is a jeweler and bead worker who is widely recognized for her stunning jewelry designs, which feature unique combinations of color, texture and materials.
Colin Coonsis grew up on the Zuni reservation and was exposed to one of the oldest preserved cultures in North America. Coonsis creates bold, and contemporary jewelry that entails the cultural experience that so defines each piece.
Loren Aragon of the Acoma Pueblo, is a multimedia artist who lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. Aragon’s jewelry combines his artistic imagination and engineering discipline with a blend of uncommon materials.
Jolene Eustace is the daughter of well-known artists Ben and Felicita Eustace. Eustace learned jewelry making from her parents and Hopi jeweler Duane Maktima. Eustace’s jewelry is characterized by the quality of materials and its striking individuality.
Kenneth Johnson is an award winning artist who began creating jewelry in 1988. He is a contemporary designer and accomplished metal smith working in copper, silver, gold, platinum and palladium.
Cody Sanderson was raised in Window Rock, Arizona and is of Dine descent. His career in jewelry began in 1999. Sanderson uses both traditional and contemporary themes and works primarily in sterling silver and 18-karat gold.