Thursday, August 17, 2017

Last Two Weeks Of The Sawdust Festival

SAWDUST FESTIVAL ARTIST RACHEL UCHIZONO
Working on a lotus flower painting in my booth, 245.  Please come to the Sawdust Festival! Only 17 days left!

PAINTINGS BY RACHEL
                                                       24 x 24 Lotus Flower painting.  Available.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Opening Night At The Sawdust Festival 2017

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SAWDUST FESTIVAL
I am exhibiting this summer at the Sawdust Festival for the next two months.  My booth is 245.  Featuring all new paintings.
Laguna Canyon is so beautiful.  Come visit the festival!
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sawdust Art Festival Artist Rachel Uchizono

SAWDUST ART FESTIVAL
June 30 - September 3,  I will be exhibiting at the summer Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach, CA.  My booth is 245.
Look for the woman with wearing turquoise jewelry and holding a paint brush.
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All new works will be available at the Sawdust Festival and at my online store Uchizono Gallery.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Booth 245 At The Summer Sawdust Festival 2017

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I will be exhibiting at the summer Sawdust Art Festival from June 30 to September 3 at booth number 245. 
The Sawdust Festival is on Laguna Canyon Road and I will be on the grounds demonstrating in my booth.
I will be spending the summer painting at my easel and ready to greet new friends!
One of the largest art festivals in the nation, the grounds are known for their beautiful canyon surroundings.
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Available at the Sawdust Festival!
"Hollyhocks"  36 x 36  oil
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I will be listing this fine turquoise squash blossom this weekend.  Please click the link above to my online store
Uchizono Gallery on Ruby Lane.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Getting Ready For The Sawdust Festival In Laguna Beach

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Listing some new paintings at my online gallery.  Getting ready for the show at the summer Sawdust Festival.  Laguna Canyon is the most beautiful place and such a wonderful setting for artists to exhibit!
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The Delft bunny cup is my latest find.  Love the violet blues!
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UCHIZONO GALLERY
Also having a sale this weekend .  Click the link above for some really fine antique and vintage jewelry.  As well as my colorful paintings.

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See you this summer in Laguna Beach!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Vintage Turquoise Cluster String Tie And More

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Funky turquoise cluster string tie and vintage squash blossom necklace now available at my store on Ruby Lane.
Uchizono Gallery features vintage turquoise jewelry that I have collected in my life time.
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Just listed this stunning 1930's concho belt.  Weight is 672 grams of sterling silver.


Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Artist's Eye

Uchizono Gallery is my online store and  I have been collecting for forty five years.  My artist's eye has been my guide. 

Being a painter,I have often wondered what the connection is between the technique of oil painting and fine old Native American jewelry.   As an impressionist, the good bones of drawing need to be present but the trick is to "let go of the drawing" providing suggestions rather than perfection and giving movement by losing the hard lines.  

 

If you take a look at a Navajo or Zuni bracelets made in the early 1900's, you can see perfect symmetry was not a requirement.   Of course there were masters with impeccable skills that can't help  themselves with their fine precision stamp work but even their work is not machine made and has to be slightly off.  There is an identifying feel to an old bracelet giving it soul.  Inspired by nature.  Giving the piece movement with untreated turquoise celebrating being worn in a rainbow of blues and greens.

 Without a makers mark, which is the rule with early Native American silversmith artisans, how does one know the jewelry is authentic?  The construction and style can date the bracelet (or concho belt or  pin or necklace) but still modern production with the same materials and technique can produce an identical piece.  I have read the books about Millicent Rogers and  Lauris Phillips (her Peshlakai collection was donated to the Wheelwright museum.)  I have come to the conclusion these women were really good shoppers.  Lauris Phillips had signed pieces from Navajo silversmith Fred Peshlakai but the bulk of the collection is unsigned.  She is identifying these unsigned pieces  with  faith and observation.  Unless you are John Bonner Strong, who was a devoted friend of Fred Peshlakai and collected jewelry directly, providence is not something that can be guaranteed.
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Really, the only way to purchase vintage and Native American jewelry is to trust your instincts, look at reference books to educate yourself and have faith in the dealer you are purchasing from.  Of course there are obvious red flags, when something is described as being "old style" or the turquoise is block (which is pressed together resin and easily identifiable).     You can certainly look with a loop for wear marks but what if the piece was never worn and was left in a box for fifty years?

The tricky part is providence.


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