A Twenty-Four Year Commitment to Classic and Contemporary Native Art
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King Galleries News Update
I am pleased that as of Monday, May 18th, 2020, both galleries are again open to the public. We are maintaining strict adherence to local and CDC recommendations for your safety and that of our employees.  Masks, social distancing are part of our re-opening, along with lots of hand sanitizer!  We have areas set aside for you to view and handle the pottery. 

Thanks for the very positive response to our recent video on Blue Corn.  Our new video “A Century of Black-on-Black Potter” is now online!  I look forward to a continuation of this series with a focus on both historical and contemporary artists.  Your encouragement and comments are appreciated! 

We are excited about the upcoming Santa Fe installation of Susan Folwell's "Taos Light: Pueblo Perspectives."  This creative display will continue throughout the summer.  We will be posting more photos of the installation. 
Santa Fe Indian Market has been canceled for 2020, however, we are planning a week of online and virtual events to take place from our Santa Fe location, including featured work from our gallery artists, along with opening it up to other artists and make it bigger, bolder, and more virtual!  It will definitely be "Bigger, Better, and Bolder" than before!
Thank You

Over the past several months, as the world has changed, I just want to say "Thank You" to those of you who have been supportive of the gallery in terms of sales, notes, or even a brief check-in.  The connection and encouragement of our business during trying times has been a source of inspiration.  As we all may know, the littlest actions may have a significant impact.  So THANK YOU to everyone for helping us keep a positive outlook, determination, and a continuous commitment to venture forward.

It has been exciting over the past month working with contemporary potters to discuss the future and the direction of their art.  We are continuing to buy new pottery.  This connection with living artists has been a primary part of our mission for 25 years.  Now it is even more critical to help Native artists, their families, and Pueblo communities during difficult times.  Thank you for helping keep artists creating!  As you may have noticed, new works from gallery artists are arriving every week, and they are exceeding our expectations in quality and artistry.

Open Regular Hours in Scottsdale and Santa Fe

We are open for regular hours in Scottsdale as of Monday, May 11th, and in Santa Fe as of May 18th, with hours Monday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. We also have Zoom (Online Video interactive,) so we can schedule a meeting if you want to see a piece on "live," or I can give any insight into an item already in your collection.

Subscribing to individual artists, or tribal affiliations has been a huge success!  It lets you be notified when new works arrive from your favorite artists.   We have a subscription link on many of your favorite artist pages that will allow you to receive an email each time there is something new online.  The email has a photo and a full description of the original work, with a direct link to check it out on the website.  And don't worry about too much email, you can unsubscribe anytime just by clicking a link.  Click here to subscribe to the individual artist updates!  Also let us know if your favorite artist isn't listed, we can add them in!
The Future

Suffice it to say, over the next few months anything and everything can change.   I remain available by email, phone, text, and Direct Message on Social Media.  I will try and be immediately responsive. 
Please stay safe, and we hope this pandemic is short-lived and our economic recovery fast.

Please Stay Healthy, and thank you for your continued support of the gallery, our artists, and being part of our team in a time of stress and uncertainty.

Check out Instagram and Facebook for more frequent updates.

Please let me know if you have any questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!

Charles S. King
480.481.0187 Scottsdale   
480.440.3912  Santa Fe

Gallery Hours
Scottsdale: Mon-Sat 10-5 
Santa Fe: Mon-Sat 10-5 
Gallery News ...
Scottsdale and Santa Fe

If you are in the Phoenix or Santa Fe areas, you are welcome to stop by and visit.  We know that this is a difficult time and want you to feel safe to visit as well as maintaining a safe work environment for our staff.  Masks, hand sanitizer, clean communal areas, are all part of our effort to make visiting the galleries a great experience (in addition to the art!).  Our shipping is handled with similar health considerations. 
A Century of Black-on-Black Pottery
New Video! 

Check out our new video on the historic creation of black-on-black pottery by Maria & Julian Martinez in 1919-1920. This dynamic shift in style still reverberates today among Pueblo artists. Take a moment to learn more about this unique event nearly 100 years ago. Click here to see the video.  
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Sunday Sale Day."  It was a great success.  I've decided to continue it as a once-a-month event through the summer.  The first Sunday of each month this summer will have a group of pieces on sale, much like our sales this past month.  June 6 is the next date, so mark your calendars!
Other News...
Thank you to those of you who have donated to help the Navajo Nation.  Even as I write this, it remains one of the hardest-hit areas in the country by COVID-19.  I was in contact with a representative of the Navajo Nation about where they would like to receive assistance.  If you are interested in donating to help the Navajo Nation to help during this time of crisis, this is the OFFICIAL GOVERNMENTAL FUND to receive donations. I hope you will consider donating if you want to help!
Appraisal and Donation Update from Peter Held
As many of you know, Peter Held was once the head of the Ceramics Research Center at ASU.  He is now a leading appraiser.  He courteously agreed to write a brief analysis of the current state for donations to museums for tax purposes in relation to COVID-19.  Please contact Peter for any certified appraisal needs or questions!

"The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all parts of our society. As a fine arts appraiser, here is some advice when you are considering your 2020 charitable gifts to museums and other non-profit institutions. As many of these entities will be closed for several months, I expect their staffs will be backlogged with work.  If you are considering making a gift, it would be wise to contact the recipient organization no later than June 1 to express your intentions to allow sufficient time for the appraiser to complete their report and institutions to process your gifts.
Appraisals can be completed 60 days prior to the gift and anytime thereafter when the gift is made and in possession of the recipient.  During the pandemic, appraisers are not required by the IRS or the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) to complete a personal inspection. Several options exist, including Facetime or Zoom inspections with clients or sending the appraiser photographs and other documentation such as past appraisal reports and provenance so they can make credible value conclusions.
It is unclear how the art markets will react during this time, but several recent auctions have reported strong sales and galleries are being proactive with imaginative new approaches in marketing with virtual exhibitions, studio visits, and other educational opportunities."
Peter Held, Peter Held Art Appraisals & Associates
Accredited Member, American Society of Appraisers
It's great to see another article in Hyperallergenic Magazine about contemporary Native artists. This time they featured two more of our gallery artists: Jason Garcia and Jeremy Frey!  Thanks to Karen Kramer of the Peabody Essex for including them in her recommendations for Native artists to watch!  You can read the article here.
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"Forward-thinking gallerists, museum curators, and clay artists themselves are fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Native clay arts. At the forefront is Charles S. King. Owner of King Galleries in Santa Fe and Scottsdale, Arizona.  He is considered by many to be the dean of contemporary Southwestern Native clay arts." 
Cowboys & Indians Magazine, 2018
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