Monday evening October 9, nationally recognized Navajo Rug expert Steve Getzwiller kicked off the first of three educational lectures co-sponsored by QC’s Education Committee and TWOQC’s Scholarship Committee. Getzwiller shared his extensive knowledge of Navajo weavings while the audience was treated to an “up close and personal” examination of rugs from his Nizhoni Ranch Gallery in Sonoita. Traditional as well as contemporary weavings were part of his presentation including a Phase Two Chief’s Blanket valued in the mid-six figures!
Often referred to as a modern day Lorenzo Hubbell or a J.B. Moore (the two best known traders of the 19th and early 20th centuries), Steve has developed a family relationship with three dozen Navajo weavers ranging in age from 17 to 91. By setting high standards of excellence with his weavers and supplying them with the finest materials, Steve has seen these weavers repeatedly win first place honors at the annual Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial!
Profits from ticket sales were donated by the Quail Creek Education Committee (Chair Bonnie Hyra) to TWOQC Scholarship Committee (Chair Suzan Bryceland) including Steve and Gail Getzwiller’s generous donation of Steve’s honorarium and sales from booklets available after the lecture.
The evening generated $620 for the Scholarship Fund which benefits senior girls at the two Sahuarita high schools as well as women in transition wishing to further their education!
The second Kino Lecture, Arizona Jaguars: A Future in Limbo, will occur Monday, January 15, 2018, in the Crystal Ballroom. Look for ticket information in What’s Happening at Quail Creek.