Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents Edmond
Nevaquaya, Comanche, from Apache Oklahoma at the Art Of Storytelling on
Saturday, September 14 10-5PM at La Veta Mercantile. He will be one of the 4 artists displaying
and selling their Native American themed art.
Edmond will also be performing on stage during the day. At 7PM he will headline a flute concert. All events are free.
Edmond has been recognized around the world as an
ambassador of the Native American culture as well as throughout the United
Edmond learned early to practice, respect and recognize the
importance of traditional Indian ceremonies and culture. He is
very knowledgeable of his Comanche traditions and culture, as well as the
beliefs, practices and cultures of the Southern Plains and the Midwestern
Anishinaabe tribes of North America.
Edmond has a kind and caring way when sharing his knowledge with people
of all colors. Edmond presently shares
his talents worldwide and locally as a prevention and life ways consultant
using his talent and knowledge of the Native American culture he was born.
Carla Romero, a self-taught artist has been drawing since
she was a young child and painting for over 25 years. We are so proud that she now makes her home
in Huerfano County.
Born in Colorado, Romero feels a strong connection to
mountains, nature and wildlife; but also a bond with the Native Americans and
the southwest. In 1987 she visited the Taos Pueblo for the first time, which
was an awakening of her art and vision and launched her pursuit of a
professional career. She got her start in a Taos gallery while still working
for a large retail chain. Within a year she was able to quit her retail job and
paint full time. Since then, Romero has achieved much acclaim as a painter of
She paints mainly in watercolor, but also works with
acrylics on canvas. Romero’s extraordinary and bold usage of color is clearly
only one of the defining elements that one might use in describing the feeling
and emotion that her work evokes. Her paintings are exhibited in fine art
galleries throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.
She was selected as the featured artist for Legacy Art
Albuquerque in 2006, succeeding Amado Pena, Dave McGary, JD Challenger and Tom
Wheeler. Her paintings and limited edition prints are highly collectable and
are part of commercial and private collections throughout the United States and
An important facet of Romero’s work is her strong belief
that her ideas and creativity are gifts from God. She starts each painting with
a prayer and ends with an expression of thanks, therefore there is a deep
spiritual awareness that one discovers in her work.
David Behrens is a nationally acclaimed artist whose
sensitivity and insight into Native American culture and history have placed
him in the forefront of this growing art movement. His unique approach of
blending iconic Native American images and moving, provocative themes cut to
the heart and have made him one of the most sought after and collectible
artists in the nation and abroad.
The art of David Behrens is distinct, heartfelt and
instantly recognizable. His style of painting blends realism, concept and
imagination all built around provocative portions of Native American history
and culture. “Art has always been a natural extension of who I am, a flow
that has coursed through me as far back as I can remember”. Seeing his talent
for art as a gift, and a gift by definition is something that cannot be earned
but only received, David feels that being an artist is both a privilege and an
immense responsibility. Bearing this truth within himself David shares “I
believe the goal of every one of my paintings is to let the story, the emotion,
the mystic fire move through me and into the painting.” Elaborating
further David adds “The concepts and statements I weave into my paintings
are so much bigger than I am. The feelings I give voice to are not just my own
but in a sense my paintings echo a collective consciousness, articulate a
deeper truth and emotes for the hearts of many. I am always humbled when I am
aware this is happening. There is a certain healing energy that flows through art,
as if God was whispering his kindness to a weary soul.”