Art Ovation Hotel "In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk" collection
The Late, Great Rex was known for his laugh, the laughter he brought us and his fierce and aware dedication to preserving Native American art and culture.
His artwork embodies the spirit and the path of beauty he shared with us. Now we celebrate his life through First Feather Gallery.
We are honored to colaborate with:
1255 Palm Ave, Downtown Sarasota
First Feather Gallery has been invited for the summer with a 40 piece exhibit of Rex's collection.
"In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk" was the message the late Rex would sign every piece of artwork he sold. In many ways it was his second signature and the way he walked through life.
It was always a struggle for him to walk between the two worlds of a traditional Dineh' man and the "outside world".
His strength came from his People's strength that is held within each story, image and message within his artwork.
First Feather Gallery is honored to represent the art collection of the late Dine'h(navajo) artist Rex A. Begaye.
The artwork of the late great Navajo artist Rex A. Begaye is on exhibition at Art Ovation Hotel until September 5th 2019.
22% of all sales from the exhibit goes to Ringling School of Art Scholarship fund. 44% will fund First Feather Gallery's Grand Opening on October 3rd 2019 and the remainder will seed the "Blessing for Rain Project" to bring clean water technologies to Indigenous communities with contaminated water issues.
40 pieces were chosen out of several hundred images to be the first viewing of the the late, great Rex A. Begaye's artwork. First Feather Gallery is dedicated to the preservation of his legacy and look forward to sharing this extraordinary art collection with the world.
Since everyone cannot come to see the collection, First Feather Gallery has created the "In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk" exhibit collection of each piece displayed.
If you would like to support the opening of First Feather Gallery on October 3rd 2019, here is an opportunity to begin collecting the artwork of the Late, Great Navajo artist, Rex A. Begaye. many of the pieces selected in this exhibit are the first time they have been seen by the public. His collection has much to share, teach and inspire for the generations to come.
Thank you Art Ovation Hotel for the opportunity to bring the artwork of the Late, Great Rex A. Begaye back to the world in the town he loved so much!
1255 N. Palm Ave Downtown Sarasota
Thank you to everyone in advance for your support!
First Feather Gallery
would like to thank everyone for joining us at
1255 Palm Ave
Our Guest Artist was Robert Mirabal from Taos Pueblo
Robert is a Pueblo Native American flute player and maker from Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. He began making flutes at the age of 19, and his flutes are world renowned. Robert performs world wide, sharing flute songs, tribal rockand writings/storytelling.
He resides on Taos Pueblo and participates in the traditional ways and rituals of his people. Aside from his artistic talents Robert is a father and a farmer.
A true renaissance man, Robert is
dedicated his life to expressing himself through his art. He has a unique talent for merging mystical elements of ancient cultures with modern influences in his music. He keeps a foot in both worlds, effortlessly drawing upon both for inspiration. Robert brings the traditional sounds and culture of his people to share with Sarasota for a unique event.
Thank you for joining us and celebrating the life, legacy and art of the Late, Great Rex A. Begaye
Please come early and enjoy the first release of (the late) Rex A. Begaye's artwork. Consider coming for the day or even the weekend, Sarasota is full of fun things to do and the off season rates are great!
We were honored to have Robert Mirabal joining us for this unique musical collaboration.Grammy Award winning Toas Pueblo flutist Robert Mirabal and Sarasota's "The Bird Tribe" band shared the stage and their collaboration of styles and sounds created a unique musical event that we will all remember!
This Concert was a tribute to the late great Navajo artist Rex A. Begaye and a fund raiser for the First Feather Gallery Grand Opening.
The funds will assist with our lighting installation,signage,legal and insurance expenses for the Grand Opening. The remainder of the funds will seed the "Blessing For Rain Project" to bring clean water technologies to indigenous communities with contaminated water issues.
on Thursday October 3rd 2019.
Thursday October 3rd!
If you would like to support the opening of First Feather Gallery please consider purchasing a print from the "In Beauty and Harmony May You Walk" exhibit here...
The remainder will seed the "Blessing for Rain project"
A little about the inspiration for this project...
This is a dream (the late) Rex A. Begaye had, to bring clean water to his family lands. Mining has created many health hazards at home. Many of Rex's art pieces are dedicated to the sacredness of water and what it meant to the planet and her children. Protecting water is a big issue in todays world with all the many contamination issues.
We became aware of the technologies that were used in Japan after the bombing which were developed to clean contaminated water for the hospitals. Many years later these water purification technologies have advanced and are now accessable as a unit that is installed onto the current water filtration plant, providing a purification process that will eliminate these toxins.
Our gallery name, "First Feather Gallery" was chosen for the meaning of this painting. Rex would explain that is piece represented the process of how eagle feathers are taken by his people and the first feather is always given to Mother Earth in gratitude for the blessing that come from them.
The First Feather we would like to give back is clean water to his family lands and community.
This past year I've researched and corresponded with companies that develop these technologies and found a company to assist us with this mission.
We knew it was meant to be when we called to company with the vision of this project and they shared with us they had just had a meeting that morning about how they could find a way to bring this technology to indigenous communities dealing with contaminated water. This syncronicity was clearly a good sign...
Over the course of the past few months our correspondence has led to a first look at what it would take to take this project to fruition, which we will share in more detail. Essentially for the cost of one home, an entire community can have clean water for a generation or more.
We look forward to bringing this project to fruition.Please sign up for our emails to follow our progress on this project...