Special show with award-winning painter James Ayers

This weekend painter James Ayers and I will unveil our first exhibit of work from our new philanthropic organization

Come see our exhibit of Navajo imagery at the Carefree Art and Wine Festival, March 5, 6, 7, 2011

As you may know, in 2010, I started a philanthropic artist organization with my good friend, renowned painter James Ayers. Our organization, Wopila Artist Guild, is devoted to “paying it forward” by supporting Native American youth art education.

This weekend, we begin the presale show of Honoring Weavers with Canvas and Bronze, our first collection that will help raise funds to support weaving education for young Navajo weavers of the historic Toadlena Trading Post.

Twenty percent of the proceeds from all six pieces, three paintings and the #1 version of each sculpture, will be donated to the Toadlena Young Weaver’s Project, a non-profit fund administered by the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe.

These pieces will be unveiled for the weaving community of Toadlena at trading post’s bi-annual fiesta on June 18, 2011 and will be on exhibit through August 21, 2011, but are available for sale beginning this weekend.

Check out our available paintings and sculpture

Please click the images below to link to the Wopila website and read more about each piece.

Navajo Finery

Navajo Finery

Patterns of Tradition

Patterns of Tradition

Safekeeping

Safekeeping

The Chaperone

The Chaperone

The Lesson

The Lesson

Saving the Day

Saving the Day

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These pieces are being offered on a first-come, first served basis.

Please call my assistant, Amy, at 602-510-3662 or email the Craig Bergsgaard Studio to reserve one of these for your collection — and help keep traditional Navajo weaving alive for another generation.

We look forward to seeing you this weekend in Carefree!