Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery | Tubac AZ

Judy Richie Gourd Art

Judy Richie was our November, 2014 Featured Artist

We are pleased to present our November featured artist: Judy Richie – creator of fine sculpture from the organic shapes of gourds.

Judy Richie standing next to her piece, Au Natural. The gourd sculpture is about 3 ft tall.

In the hands of a true artist, even the humblest of materials can become fine art—a principle embodied by Judy Richie and her award-winning gourd sculpture.

The gourd sculpture of Judy Richie

Gourds are relatives of pumpkins and squash that have been grown since antiquity for use as dippers and containers. But in her Kerrville, Texas studio, Judy transforms these simple fruits into masks, vessels, and kachinas to the delight of collectors nationwide.

Her process is as organic as the materials themselves. “I design directly on to the gourd and it evolves into the finished piece,” Judy says. “Gourds have a mind of their own. I’ll set out to do one thing and the gourd tells me something else!”

The artist’s technique

Judy achieves her designs with decidedly modern technology using Dremels, wood burners, and other power tools to transform the gourds into the finished art. “One of my favorite Christmas gifts was a six-inch belt sander,” the artist says.

The artist also employs extensive hand-embellishment in her sculptural art, including acrylics, oils, wood dyes, alcohol-based dyes, crushed gemstones, and cabochons, among other materials. Many of her creations feature meticulous pine needle hand-coiling, a process Judy performs start-to-finish from pine needle preparation to finished work.

Splash of Color, 12 inches tall, by Judy Richie

The resilience of gourd art

Collectors take note: The dried gourds are not only beautiful, but also are resilient and resistant to insects or decay. “A dried gourd has a hard cellular structure like wood,” Judy says. Prices of Judy’s work range from $300 to $2,500.

Please contact the gallery with any questions you may have. You can read more about Judy and see her works in our gallery, on her artist page: Judy Richie artist page

Tubac Spring Art Walk event: Painting and sculpture show and sale with Albert Dreher and Kathy Anderson

Featured artists: Tucson painter Albert Dreher and figurative bronze sculptor Kathy Anderson

Art fans–make sure and come by the gallery during Spring Art Walk to see new works and meet the artists, March 15 – 16, 2014

Visitors to historic Tubac will enjoy a variety of demonstrations by local and visiting artists during the weekend of March 15 & 16, 2014. Albert and Kathy will be in our gallery from 1 to 5pm both days.

Spring Art Walk 2014

About ArtWalk

ArtWalk is a weekend celebration of art! Tubac comes alive with art and creativity that gives visitors an opportunity to meet artists first-hand at the village’s galleries and studios. Art lovers can find watercolors, oil paintings, sculpture, pottery, metalwork, and fine jewelry.

ArtWalk hours are 10am to 5pm daily, with free admission. For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (520) 398-2704 or visit www.tubacaz.com.

Light from Midheaven” by Albert Dreher

“Light from Midheaven” by Albert Dreher • oil wash

Questions? Please contact us for more information: Contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

Exciting sculpture show during the Tubac Spring Art Walk

Sculpture fans: come by the gallery during Spring Art Walk

See new works and meet the artists, March 17 – 18, 2012

Rogoway Gallery Spring Art Walk Sculpture ShowFeatured artists: bronze sculptors Carol Ruff Franza and Warren Cullar, steel sculptor Jerry Harris and gourd sculptor Judy Richie

Visitors to historic Tubac will enjoy a variety of demonstrations by local and visiting artists during the weekend of March 17 & 18, 2012.

New work at the show: “Grace” by gourd sculptor Judie Richie

About ArtWalk

Tubac comes alive during ArtWalk! The event is a weekend celebration of art and creativity that gives visitors an opportunity to meet artists first-hand at the village’s galleries and studios. Art lovers can find watercolors, oil paintings, sculpture, pottery, metalwork, and fine jewelry.

ArtWalk hours are 10am to 5pm daily, with free admission. For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce at (520) 398-2704 or visit www.tubacaz.com.

 

New work at the show: “Zuni Birds” by gourd sculptor Judie Richie


We look forward to seeing you!

Questions? Please contact us for more information: Contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

Meet the artist Artie Yellowhorse during the Tubac Festival of the Arts

Famed jewelry sensation Artie Yellowhorse will be in our gallery Feb. 8 – 12, 2012.

She’s back, ladies!

This week — beginning on Wednesday, February 8 and running through Sunday, February 12 — we will be welcoming Artie Yellowhorse to our Tubac gallery showroom.

Every year, our jewelry fans eagerly await Artie’s annual visit to our gallery during the Tubac Festival of the Arts week. Artie brings LOTS of new pieces – many of which are one-of-a-kind and are made just for this special event.

Artie brings so many goodies that we set up extra tables just to hold her wearable art treasures.

Are you trying to find that “just right” piece to complement a special blouse or hat? Please bring your garment in with you and Artie will personally help you match your garment with her jewelry.

Jewelry made in the “Navajo Beauty Way”

Artie Yellowhorse specializes in elegant jewelry created with high-quality stones and silver.

Her tasteful designs reflect the simplicity found in the Navajo art aesthetic: simple but with maximum visual impact.

C’mon by ~ You never know who else will be in the gallery!

Several of our favorite artists are planning stops by the gallery during the Tubac Festival of the Arts week. Esther Rogoway, Brent Nageli, and Charles Thomas will also be visiting the gallery during this time.

Questions? Please contact us for more information: Contact Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery

Bronze Sculptor Felicia and Painter Charles Thomas

Artist reception on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm.  Meet the artists and enjoy wine and appetizers.

Contemporary Southwest Bronzes by Felicia

A nationally noted, award winning sculptress specializing in miniature to monumental work.  Felicia’s portraiture and figurative Southwest manner demonstrate the uniqueness of her elegant recognizable style.

Bronze Sculpture by Felicia


Abstract Landscapes by Charles Thomas

With subjects ranging from the mundane to the spectacular, his paintings evoke both the mystery and beauty of the Southwest.

Cowboy Christmas: Your ticket to gift giving and fun, December 10, 2011

Howdy, pardner! Lasso up some holiday fun and gift-giving at the Cowboy Christmas fiesta! Rogoway Turquoise Tortoise Gallery and neighboring galleries, Tubac Territory and the Red Door Gallery, present a holiday party to benefit the Santa Cruz Community Foundation. This year, we decided to make our Cowboy Christmas even MORE special. We are raising funds to benefit the children of Sonora, Mexico. For only $5, you can purchase a ticket to win your choice of special paintings by gallery artists in our “Paint-Off” raffle. Donations of $10 at the door are also gratefully accepted. Shine up your boots and put on your good hat because this is going to be one heck of a party!