Current Exhibition

Venancio ARAGON
The Expanded Rainbow
 
Exhibition Opening Thursday June 6 from 5-8pm
WORKSHOP 6/13-6/14 NAVAJO WOOL DYE TECHNIQUES & SUSTAINABILITY 

 

For centuries Navajo weavers have used their looms as canvases for experimentation and communication. The bright and colorful weavings of Venancio and his mother, Irveta, are a testament to the current vitality and beauty of Navajo weaving. Venancio’s signature contribution to his people’s artform is what he calls “the expanded rainbow aesthetic.” Weavings that contain over 250 to 300 colors of weft dyed with both natural and synthetic compounds. The sharp geometric motifs and bold color palette of these textiles combine to represent various meteorological phenomena such as lightning, rain clouds and light refracting off water. Venancio and his mother are part of a continuing legacy of Navajo weaving and their subject matter of choice is water itself, the source of life in their desert homeland.

 

“From my experimentation with reviving natural dye practices, I amassed many colorful yarns. I needed a way to order them, so I looked to the natural world and was inspired by rainbows.”

 

Venancio Aragón is a Diné textile artist and holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees: one in Cultural Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and the other in Native American Studies from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Prior to becoming a full-time artist, Venancio worked for the National Park Service as an interpretive ranger in various parks and monuments throughout the Southwest. His interest in archaeology, anthropology, and art has led him on a journey of researching and reviving portions of the Diné weaving repertoire that are in danger of being lost. Venancio was the 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellow at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

 

 

SHOP THE EXPANDED RAINBOW BY IRVETA ARAGON 
EMAIL kris@ahhaa.org for purchase information

Water & Light 

35″ X 16″

$1,300

Kaleidoscope Runner

 45″ X 12″

$1,100

Neon Eye Dazzler 

23″ X 17″

$1,200

Divided BY COLOR

35″ X 18″ 

$1,300

I weave on an upright tension loom, a technology of Indigenous origin. I view my loom as a powerful connection to culture, identity, and history. The survival and continuation of cultural art forms lies in the hands of those who remember and carry forward the teachings of our ancestors. My quest to learn and preserve my peoples' textile traditions have led to an ongoing journey of piecing together fragments of memory, oral histories, and archaeological material into my work. My textiles draw on ancient techniques once developed for utilitarian needs and purposes. Today many of my ancestral weaving techniques are in danger of being forgotten. I fuse bold geometric designs with a polychromatic saturation of colors to reflect my individual and technical freedom of expression. I view my tapestries as a living record of the cultural survival of my people and as a testament to the current vitality of my heritage. Each tapestry I create is unique not only to me but to the genre of Navajo textiles my work is descended from.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Venancio Aragon

June, 2024 

Riitta Ikonen

Eyes As Big AS PLates

August, 2024 

Ron Pokrasso

September, 2024 

Hollie Chastain

Elevating the Mixed Media Surface

October, 2024 

Past Exhibitions

MOUNTAINFILM Guest

Max Romey

May, 2024 

Kevin Yuen Kit Lo
Matter vs. Spirit

3/1/24 – 4/8/24

TELLURIDE AIDS BENEFIT WEARABLE ART

2/26/24 – 3/11/24

IN THEIR OWN WORDS
A POETRY EXPERIENCE
& PEOPLE OF TELLURIDE TRANG PHAM

2/1/24 – 2/26/24

FRESH WORK
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF BOOKBINDING NEWLY MINTED MASTERS

1/1/24 – 1/31/24

Annual Artisan Exhibition

12/1/23 – 12/31/23

A CLASS IN COLOR

KYLE LEE CERAMICS

An exhibition of student & instructor work

10/5/23 – 11/1/23

Alas, Poor Ghost! Kristopher Castle

9/7 -9/30/23

HAHA Artworks

Mike Stasuik, Brandon Berkel & Alex Ferrari

7/16 -8/20/23

CHRISTOPER BEAVER 

SOLO EXHIBITION
ANOMOLY

6/1 – 6/30/23

Revealing Histories- Reimagining Landscapes

Eric Hanson + Blueplanet VR &

The ONWARD Project

5/26/23 – 5/29/23

NO PARKING STUDIOS

FABRICS FROM THE DISTANT SUN

3/2 – 4/2/2023

Westward Bound

In collaboration with American academy of bookbinding

Curated by Alicia Bailey
2/1 – 2/28/23

WEarable Art

12/1/22 – 1/31/23

Caught in the Act:
Dan Budnik
Artist Portraits 

1950-1970

9/1/22 – 10/28/22
Freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits. 
 

Named in honor of the founder of Ah Haa School for the Arts, The Daniel Tucker Gallery & Exhibitions Program strives to facilitate opportunities for people to discover, explore, and nurture their own creativity through exhibition, programmatic participation, and observation. To this end, all exhibitions and installations in the Daniel Tucker Gallery are curated in a manner that adheres to the following principles:

CELEBRATING CREATIVITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION, VALUE TO COMMUNITY, INTERGENERATIONAL INTERACTIVE LEARNING and COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS.
 
Contact Exhibitions Manager, Kris Kwasniewski, Kris@ahhaa.org
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