• Downsizing Your Collection?

    Downsizing Your Collection?
    NEED HELP YOUR WITH YOUR COLLECTION?  CALL ME. Whether you call it letting go, downsizing, uncluttering, or purging, it can be painful.  Especially painful if one has to make decisions about a loved one’s cherished belongings.  Where does it all go?  Who wants it?  What is it worth? These are good questions, without easy answers.  I hope some of this writing will help. In...
  • The Gallery Timeline

    30+ years! Hard to believe...and where did the years go?  Here is a brief history... 1984 - My ex-husband Steve Fabiani and I opened Southwest Trading Co. and built it into a nationally recognized Native American art gallery.  The list of visiting artists is too long to list but suffice it to say we had some really great times! 1996 - When Steve and I went...
  • The Rez Protectors & the "Crow Build"

    The Rez Protectors & the "Crow Build"
    Rez Protectors and the Red Feather Crow Agency Study Hall Build We were on the Oprah Winfrey Show!  And, by we, I mean Red Feather Development Group's founder, Robert Young.  Since I was an active supporter, a member of their Board of Directors and a RF volunteer, I was in the audience with his wife and the parents of the four young Crow girls...
  • San Ildefonso Feast

    Why am I going to the Feast at San Ildefonso? First...What is a Feast Day at a Pueblo?  “Feast Days” at each of the Pueblos are named after the Pueblos’ patron saint.  The Pueblos open up their respective Feast Days to the public (see calendar and etiquette pages) where visitors can view the reverant dances and songs offered on those days.  Feast Days bring tribal members...
  • My Journey to The Pine Ridge Reservation

    Building a Home for the Fast Wolf family - Pine Ridge, SD 2000  I cried when my plane flew over “the build”. It was an unexpected and appreciated gift as the fly by gave me one more chance to say good-bye. And, I was having a very hard time saying good-bye. The place I was seeing was Red Shirt Table on The Pine Ridge...
  • Judging the Santa Fe Indian Market

    Judging the Santa Fe Indian Market
    August 19, 2010 – “I am staying with a friend in Albuquerque but at 4:30am I am up and ready to head out. Destination: Santa Fe. It is Friday, the day before Santa Fe Indian Market and I am on my way to help judge the artwork entered for competition.” What is Santa Fe Indian Market? Each August, the historic city of Santa Fe, NM becomes...
  • Cruise Ship Marketing - Sailing, Selling on the High Seas

    Cruise Ship Marketing - Sailing, Selling on the High Seas
    Sailing, Selling on the High Seas Cruise Ships – Discovering a New Retail Market I have been on many business trips before but I never imagined that I would be looking at the ocean out of my window while dressing for work.   But, after being recruited to sell Native American jewelry by a European firm that specializes in cruise retailing, that was the view...
  • Sum it up!

    Not long ago I watched the movie “Walk the Line” about country singer Johnny Cash’s life. He was asked, “What sums you up?” That simple line moved me and was the impetus for this email. So, what does sum me up? Or, for purposes of this email, “What sums up The Sundance Gallery”? I understand, on an intuitive level, that this place is very special....
  • Inventory - The Gallery and The Heart

    Every so often, like the New Year for instance, it is beneficial, for us as business owners and as individuals, to take inventory. As a retailer, I have taken inventory hundreds of times and the information gathered from the exercise is extremely important. I learn what remains on the shelf, what is damaged, lost its price tag, needs to be polished, should be marked...
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