Friday, September 09, 2005

Gallery closes. Life opens.

After 16 years on Sanibel Island on Florida's Gulf Coast, the physical home of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person closed its doors. It was a wonderful ride. For that decade and a half, we ran our business through both the bricks & mortar(actually it was stick-built) facility and through a burgeoning online operation.

We opened our first online gallery, in 1999, which makes us somewhat of an ecommerce pioneer. As time moved on, we determined that our interest in a broad spectrum of tribal art was not shared in its entirety by many people who are intrigued by some segment of it. So we began to split off segments of the field making it easier for you who are interested in fetish carvings to search for them at , without having to wade through Australian Aboriginal paintings and African masks. We added a third site, to feature Native American pottery and a fourth site, for you who are fascinated by the beauty of Native American Indian jewelry.

With the closing of the stick-built store, we have begun to shift loads of jewelry onto the Native-JewelryLink site. Even I am amazed by the quantity and quality of these pieces. I encourage you to visit the site and toggle through 12 pages of pins, pendants, necklaces and bracelets. Shortly, we also will add earrings, which up till now have not been on the site at all. By the way, we also are beginning to add enlargements of the new jewelry so that you can "supersize" the photos.

If you are a Native American Indian jewelry aficionado, you also can visit the jewelry pages at TribalWorks. There's a page devoted to Zuni jewelry and one devoted to Navajo jewelry.
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