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re: Eason Eige Proclamation

Eason Eige is an extraordinary individual, collector and artist. His recent personal gift of over three hundred pieces of Navajo and Pueblo jewelry to the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History celebrates the contributions of Native American jewelers.

During the opening ceremonies at the museum on Sunday, June 27, 2010, Deborah Slaney, Curator of History at the museum, presented Eason with a proclamation signed by City of Albuquerque’s Mayor Berry. The proclamation honored Eason for his gift and designated June 27, 2010, as Eason Eige Day.

For several years, we have known Eason as a prolific collector and artist. He remains an important visual source in Old Town Albuquerque and is well-known by many of our Pueblo artisans and friends.

We first met Eason when he was curator at the Andrews Pueblo Pottery and Art Gallery in Old Town Albuquerque. In fact, Eason was one of the first persons we met when we moved to New Mexico in early 2002. When Vicki and I were board members serving on the New Mexico Arts and Crafts Fair, we were looking for jurors to judge jewelry entries. Deb Slaney from the Albuquerque Museum and local Placitas resident recommended Eason as an excellent choice for the show’s jewelry category.

Eason, an accomplished painter, has always tried to showcase some of the best emerging Native American artists at Andrews Pueblo Gallery. We were poking around Cowboys and Indians Antiques one day and spotted a yeii figure carved by Navajo artist Sheldon Harvey. On one of our next trips to Andrews Pueblo Gallery, Sheldon was doing a one person show thanks to Eason’s keen eye for woodcarvers.

Before moving to Albuquerque, we began collecting contemporary glass from the early ‘50s, ‘60s, and current productions. Blenko glass fitted the time period as well as our purses. Living close to the Corning Museum of Glass helped spur our interests. Once again, our paths crossed when we discovered that Eason co-authored a book on Blenko glass with Richard Blenko. His days at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, West Virginia, probably contributed to his close ties with Richard Blenko and the West Virginia glassmaking company.

When one views the current exhibit at the museum, you can visualize each piece clasped around your neck, a finger or wrist. There is a spirit in each of the pieces that reflects the cultural traditions of the Navajo and Pueblo artists. Two of the artists’ pieces particularly caught our eyes. Leo Coriz and Dionicio Chama have been making Jewelry at Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo for several years. Although Leo has passed away, his work remains an important example of Pueblo jewelry. Dionsio Chama works mainly with shell necklaces and dance cuffs. Like Eason, their worked ignited a passion in each of us resulting in purchases for our collection.

It is truly an honor to know Eason. We are always curious about what will be his next passion.

—Ron Sullivan, Placitas

Signpost Cartoon c. Rudi Klimpert

re: letter to the editor

The paving of Highway 165 is finally finished. But it has left us with a very dangerous road to navigate. This road must be someone’s pet project, for every 3 to 4 years, warning signs and orange barrels are erected and a paving company arrives and re-surfaces this road - whether it needs it or not.

I suppose we should be grateful that our road is rebuilt regularly, except that every time this road is re-paved, it gets taller and narrower and shoulders keep disappearing. This last time, the shoulders completely vanished in some places, despite the fact that Highway 165 is a very popular route for bikers and hikers. With every re-surfacing, their right of way is further pushed into the main road. In the Las Huertas canyon section of this road, there are drop offs of a foot or more right on the other side of the white line. Many of us living up here have teenagers who drive this road to school. They are inexperienced and novice drivers with plenty of distractions on their minds. If any of them or anyone else for that matter gets too close to the edge of this road and catches a wheel on these drop offs, they will be pulled into ravines, or the valley bellow with dire consequences. If a biker is crowded and pushed to the side, there is no place for him or her to go but down a dangerous drop off.

This is totally unacceptable road construction. I don’t know who approved and subsequently inspected this work but their work is not satisfactory by any means. I call everyone’s attention to a very dangerous situation. We need to call our state representatives, senators and highway department personnel responsible for this hazardously made road and have them correct this work before someone gets hurt or worse gets killed here.

 — A concerned Placitas resident





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