Solana Beach Gallery

Solana Beach Gallery Hosts Showcase Featuring Renowned Native American Artists

A Solana Beach gallery will feature a variety of sculptures, paintings and mixed media pieces produced by Native Americans in the show “This is Indian Country” Saturday and Sunday.

The weekend exhibit, at Exclusive Collections Gallery, includes original works by seven artists.

Ruth-Ann Thorn, the contemporary gallery’s founder – also the chair for the Rincon Economic Development Board and her tribe’s Investment board – noted that “the art in this space is tremendous.”

“Our goal of hosting this inaugural Native American art show is to bring the finest Native American art in the country to San Diego and invite all of Southern California to see these one-of-a-kind works of art as well as celebrate our Native American culture,” she said.

The artists:

  • Randy L. Barton, known as Randy Boogie, is a neo-contemporary Native American artist who serves as a designer, dancer, DJ and live-performance painter. He resides in Tuba City, Ariz.
  • Nocona Burgess, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, presents strikingly modern depictions of indigenous men and women from various tribal nations of North America.
  • Joe Hopkins, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation and a native of Oklahoma, frequently travels across the country featuring his multimedia work, including digital design, acrylic painting and sculpture. His work is featured on a mural at the Rincon Reservation Road Brewery tasting room in Ocean Beach.
  • LX Lewis creates ceremonial and dance regalia that combine traditional forms with modern design. He is part of the Black Sheep clan of the Dine’ (Navajo) people and resides in New Mexico.
  • George Rivera, a sculptor and teacher for more than 20 years, works primarily on stone and bronze sculpture, painting and architectural design focused on the Native American Pueblo culture. He’s also the recent Governor of the Pueblo of Pojoaque in northern New Mexico.
  • Jeremy Salazar, based in Albuquerque, N.M., specializes in acrylic portraitures with a combination of abstraction and realism. He was born and raised on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and has never received any formal art training.
  • Cody Sanderson uses traditional Navajo techniques inspired by his surroundings. He works from his studio in Santa Fe, often utilizing hand-fabricating techniques such as stamping, casting and bending to craft his award-winning jewelry.

The 4,000 square-foot gallery is located at 212 S Cedros Ave. #104 in the Cedros Design District. RSVPs are recommended for the free show, open from 1-5 p.m. daily.

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