James Compton Gallery Blog

I’m Participating in the JHFAF

I will have a booth at the Jackson Hole Fine Art Fair opening this Sept. 12 and going through Sept 15.  While this show will be mostly contemporary and Western art, I will be a booth dedicated to Navajo, Pueblo and Rio Grande textiles...

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Transformational Object: A Mid 19th C. Laguna / Acomita Water Jar

Transformational Object When I find an object that grabs me to my core, I know that a new path in my life is going to open up.  I can feel the energy pulling me into an unknown space. I’ve been doing this collecting long...

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The Great Wall

Well, maybe not great, but for my 15 ft by 15 ft gallery, it’s about as great as I can get. The totem borders the left side and topped by a Hopi tableta, centered by the classic Navajo child’s size blanket and then framed...

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Pueblo Buffalo Headdress

This buffalo headdress measures 32″ x 20″ x 10″ as shown on its stand. This headdress has wonderful age to it and is in prime condition with no restoration.  Considering its wear, the age is assumed to be the last quarter of the 19th...

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Participating in the Antique American Indian Art Show at the Railyards in Santa Fe

I will be at the Antique American Indian Art Show at El Museo in the Railyards in Santa Fe starting this Tuesday Evening for the opening night party.  I will be showing an assortment of items from my gallery at 28 Burro Alley also...

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I’m Showing at the Great Southwestern Antiques Show in ABQ Aug. 2 – 4

The  Great Southwestern Antique Show Founded in 1999 the Great Southwestern Antique Show has grown to be the largest Antique Event in New Mexico and the Southwest. The show features dealers from around the country and the world. Offerings at the show include Fine...

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Pueblo Felt Cap

This old Pueblo felt cap measures about 7″ in diameter and drops in length to 10.5″.  This cap dates to the late 19th century.  The body of the cap is pressed felt and the drops appear to be buckskin and ermine pelt based on...

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Wonderful Plains Indian Hide Sewing Case

Possibly Sioux / Lakota Origins? This sewing case, circa 1880, measures approximately 10 x 6 inches, spreading to a thickness of about 1″ with its contents.  I was told that the hide is bear, but I rather think it’s cowhide, black and worn smooth...

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I’m Participating in The Cody Old West Show in Santa Fe this Weekend

I will have a booth space at the Old West Show this weekend hosted at the Santa Fe Convention Center downtown on Marcy Street.  Please come by and say hello!  Since I’ll be at the show all weekend, my gallery will be closed Friday...

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Zuni Wearing Blanket Circa 1860

This Zuni wearing blanket measures 68.5″ long by 51 ” wide.  The colors of the weft – natural brown, rich indigo blue and cochineal dyed raveled bayeta – are what give this blanket its power and beauty.  The brown is a deep brown with...

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