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Both the paintings and the pottery of Tony Da will be on hand for visitors to examine at the artist's first all-inclusive exhibit this month. “Creative Spark: The Life and Art of Tony Da” will open on February 13 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, N.M. Tony Da's celebrated Pueblo pottery incorporates detailed etchings and inlays inspired by traditional tribal designs.
Although Tony Da is most known for his pottery, he began his artistic exploration with painting. He originally trained under Santa Fe painter Joseph Bakos as a high school student, but he could not escape the fact that his father and grandparents (who were renowned Native American potters) had left him a legacy. As he delved deeper into artistic creation, Da started to make pottery and used his skills as a painter to finish and decorate the pots. The upcoming museum exhibition will feature 22 paintings and 45 pots from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture works to preserve the collections and knowledge of the Southwest Native culture. More than 65,000 people visit the museum every year. For more information, visit www.indianartsandculture.org