Sunday, May 19, 2013

Superb New Exhibit at Santa Fe's Wheelwright Museum

The Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn is a top choice for visitors seeking to experience authentic Southwestern architecture and ambiance.  Like all travelers coming to Santa Fe, they make a point of going to the city's top rate museums to see traditional Native American weavings, pottery, beadwork, baskets and paintings.  Santa Fe boasts two fabulous museums featuring antique Native American Indian art:  The Wheelwright Museum and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, both on Museum Hill.

A noteworthy new exhibit has just opened at The Wheelwright - The Durango Collection: Native American Weaving in the Southwest, 1860-1880.  This exhibit will run through April 13, 2014.  The complete Durango Collection is held by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and features 800 years of weaving in the Southwest.  The Wheelwright has chosen to showcase a small portion of this vast collection, allowing you to feast your eyes on some truly exceptional one-of-a-kind textiles, rugs, shawls and mantas woven by Pueblo, Navajo and Hispanic weavers.

The Wheelwright is open seven days a week and admission is free.  You can support their endeavors by patronizing their wonderful gift shop, The Case Trading Post.  Here you will find a carefully chosen selection of hand-made Native American art, books on the subject, and assorted souvenirs.  I would recommend going to the museum and Trading Post on Saturday mornings to take advantage of their free lecture series: "Looking at Indian Art."  Deepen your understanding of Native American art while enjoying complimentary coffee and doughnuts.

Wheelwright Museum
704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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