Interested in seeing and maybe purchasing vintage Southwestern jewelry, pottery and fine art? That’s part of ...
Interested in seeing and maybe purchasing vintage Southwestern jewelry, pottery and fine art? That’s part of what’s being offered by the Taos Art Museum store at its first trunk show Sunday (April 14).
The event is planned from noon to 4 p.m. in the Fechin Studio at the Taos Art Museum, 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. Admission is free.
Former museum employee and avid collector Jack Mehegan is hosting the show. He collected Native American art in the early 1980s while studying anthropology at Arizona State University. “I’ve been a collector ever since, and become a dealer in the vintage southwestern art within the last year,” he said.
Originally from Colorado, his family vacationed throughout the Southwest during the summer months. He said his father’s favorite destination was always somewhere in New Mexico. Through these family trips he said he became enchanted with the natural beauty, culture, and art of New Mexico.
“For the past two months, I have been gathering high quality, vintage Southwestern art for the show,” Mehegan said. “Besides some amazing vintage Navajo jewelry, I’ll have over a dozen, spectacular vintage Hopi kachina [dolls] for the show and vintage pueblo pottery. There will be vintage paintings from many artists, including Robert Red Bird, and lots of vintage art for sale at reasonable prices. I love meeting new people, and sharing my passion for vintage southwestern art, jewelry, pottery, textiles, kachinas, and paintings. The Trunk Show will allow me to help raise funds for the museum.”
Leslie Lancaster, the museum’s store manager, said she chose Mehegan for the inaugural show because “Jack was an employee of the museum. He also collected vintage Native American jewelry and pottery. After looking at his pieces and learning about his knowledge and passion for vintage Southwest art, I sold his vintage items here in the museum store. I want to start the summer store events off with something special so I asked Jack if he would consider doing a trunk show which he agreed to do.”
A trunk show is a sales event, Lancaster said, at which "a particular designer presents their merchandise to customers. The term is derived from the common practice of merchandise being transported to the event in trunks. Here at the Taos Art Museum Store we have ‘meet the artist’ events, which are the actual artists showing their hand made art. Jack is a collector of fine vintage merchandise.”
Museum administrator Katy Ballard said “he has great jewelry, I own five pieces.”
Mehegan said “most of the staff of the museum wears ‘my jewelry.' I don’t design the jewelry, I buy vintage Native American jewelry often from estate sales, and pawn shops. I love the clean lines, and the amazing colors found in the vintage jewelry. I also consider price when I buy my jewelry. It is very important that my jewelry be affordable."
Lancaster said people who attend the show can expect to be “surrounded by wonderful vintage and antique Native American jewelry, Southwest pottery, and paintings.”
Those attending the show will be able to ask questions or discuss with Jack his interests in becoming a collector. There is also an opportunity to purchase one of a kind museum quality pieces from a wider selection than what is available in the museum store.
"Coffee, lemonade and treats will be available throughout the afternoon. It will be a fun, relaxing and enjoyable time for all,” Lancaster said.
For more information, call (575) 758-2690 or visit taosartmuseum.org.
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