Introduction to Sunshine Studio
What's New at Sunshine Studio
Ordering and Shipping Information
Links to Other Sites
Painters Whose Work May be Available from Sunshine Studio
List of Zuni Fetish Carvers Whose Work Has Been Available
Direct Access to all Sunshine Studio Pages
What's New in Native American Art
at Sunshine Studio
We have created more than twenty new fetish pages organized by subject. You may find these pages listed among the links at www.sunshinestudio.com/fetish2.html
We added many new items to our American Indian jewelry on April 20, 2013 which is available at www.sunshinestudio.com/american_indian_jewelry.html
Sunshine Studio New Posting Announcements: Normally, we send out an email announcement of the date and time of the new posting a week to ten days before the posting, with a reminder email sent the night before the new posting. If you would like to receive these email announcements, please send us an email and be sure that your spam filter is set to accept mail from firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, and firstname.lastname@example.org .
New Face at Sunshine Studio - Starting today, Stephanie Howard is the new voice of Sunshine Studio. We know that you are anxious to meet her. Stephanie will be answering our phone most of the times that you call starting today, 15 January, 2008.
Sunshine Studio in Smithsonian Magazine: One of Sunshine Studio's recently sold fetishes was illustrated on page 79 of the April, 2007 issue of Smithsonian Magazine. It is part of a fine article entitled "The Zuni Way". If you have not seen the article, get this issue from your favorite bookseller before it is sold out.
New fetish posting - New fetishes were posted on our Fetish Page on September 10, 2003 and we plan maintain the Sunshine Studio tradition into the future in Challis' memory!.
Ben Gorman - Ben Gorman has found a new job and is no longer doing silversmithing. We have preserved our illustrated story of Ben making jewelry on our Ben Gorman page.
New Shipping Policy: Effective November 4, 2001, the customer is responsible for loss or damage to all shipments that are sent uninsured at the request of the customer (including all international First Class Mail, Global Priority Mail, and International Express Mail shipments). Any lost or damaged shipment not reported to Sunshine Studio within 30 days of the order date is the responsibility of the customer.
Links to Santa Fe Information
Links to Native American Sites
Links to Fine Art Sites
Links to Antiques, Jewelry, Malls, and Shopping Sites
Links to Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association (ATADA) Site
Links to Other Interesting Sites
Notice: Some sites are here because they contain related information, some because of reciprocal links, some because of general interest. No endorsement of sites, products, or content by Sunshine Studio or its owners, Challis and Arch Thiessen, is intended or implied.
from Sunshine Studio
Arch Thiessen in Sunshine Studio Booth at Don Bennett's Antique American Indian Art Show in Santa Fe, NM, August, 1995
On our Sunshine Studio web site, you will find antique and contemporary Native American arts and crafts, biographical sketches of American Indian artists, stories of real-life adventures on the Internet, our biographical sketches of Native American artists, an illustrated story of the construction of a Navajo inlay/overlay bracelet, and low prices. This small business has been on the Internet since 1995, and has been operated from our home in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1975. Sunshine Studio is a full member of ATADA, Antique Tribal Arts Dealers Association, Inc.
Home of Sunshine Studio
after Spring Snowstorm 3/13/99
Home of Sunshine Studio
with Tamarisk Tree in Full Bloom, July, 2003
Some of our business is in special order American Indian Art obtained directly from the artist to the specifications of the customer. If you have something that you would like to order, please let us know. Note that this process takes a substantial amount of time, one to two months or more, as most well-known native American artists are quite busy.
We are Santa Fe Indian traders. We will buy, sell, trade, or appraise any American Indian art item within our range of expertise. We can handle Native American baskets, fetishes, jewelry, Kachinas, paintings, pottery, rugs, or other crafts. We deal in Southwest American Indian art. Plains Indian art, beadwork, and Northwest Coast Indian art, etc. are not in our range of expertise, although we have colleagues here in Santa Fe who can help you with these items. We are particularly interested in American Indian art and crafts made prior to 1950. We will be happy to make you an offer on Native American art and crafts produced before 1950. We will also consider newer original oils and watercolors, not prints. All newer pieces will be discussed on an item-by-item basis only.
Our standard shipping within the continental USA is now Priority Mail with shipping price of $8 per package for items under 1 lb total weight including packaging. We have access to all UPS and FedEx classes of service, from Ground-Trak to Next-Day AM. We can still ship by First Class Mail or Express Mail if desired. The US Postal Service options are particularly attractive for shipments to Hawaii, Alaska, other US possessions, Canada, and other international destinations. We will negotiate the cost of shipping larger items, international shipments, or other classes of service on a case-by-case basis. Please inform us if you wish to use something other than our standard Priority Mail shipping.
If you have a collection or an estate of Southwest American Indian art that you wish to liquidate, we can help you. For a large enough collection of Native American art, we will be happy to travel to your location to appraise the collection and make you an offer. Please do not hesitate to call us if we can help you to sell your collection of American Indian art.
We generally have more Native American art and crafts items for sale than we can show on our WWW page. Please e-mail us email@example.com or send snail mail to our Santa Fe, New Mexico address if you wish to request information about items not shown here. We will need some specific idea about the type of Native American art you want.
Our only catalog is our WWW page, more up-to-date than any paper catalog can be. You can easily print out a hard copy of anything on our web pages, both images and text, on your printer by using your browser's File/Print function. If you want a color copy, use your color printer. We are sorry, but the expense of printing and mailing our catalog precludes mailing out hard copies.
Note: We have chosen to be a home-based Internet American Indian Art business with substantially lower markup than retail stores. Our only catalog is our WWW page, more up-to-date than any paper catalog can be. We take advantage of our lower costs in our price structure, retail only. If you request a paper catalog, raw materials, or a wholesale price quote, we will not be not able to respond to your request. Our 800-348-9273 phone number is our home phone, so if you call during the middle of the night, you will wake us up. Thus we request that you call between 10 AM and 5 PM Mountain Time. Occasionally, we go on trips or vacations, which we do not announce in advance. We check our voice mail and e-mail daily when we are away, and will usually respond to your messages within 48 hours. Some of the merchandise show on our site is sold on consignment, mostly high end rugs, painting, or Pottery. We thank you in advance for your understanding on these matters.
Please let us know if there is some way in which we can help you with your American Indian art. We love the art as we are collectors ourselves and hope to share our enthusiasm with you. Do not hesitate to contact us for any reason.
Paintings may be available by the following Native American artists:
Note that most of the above paintings have been obtained on the "after market. "
These Artists' Work Has Been Available from Sunshine Studio
Bennie Ration is a Navajo Indian from the Canoncito Navajo Reservation in New Mexico. He was born on March 21, 1955 to Frances and John Ration. His father, a silversmith since childhood, taught Bennie the craft of silversmithing when Bennie was eleven years old. His father told him that no matter what happens in life, he would always have silversmithing to fall back on.
Bennie has always been a talented artist. After he graduated from high school he enrolled in a one year program at U. S. Silkscreen and Graphics School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Upon completion of the course he worked for three years as silk screener and graphic designer. In 1978, Bennie did "fall back" on the art of silversmithing. Using the look and style that he developed as a graphic designer, Bennie began making beautiful three-dimensional figures in silver. His many wearable art designs include Zuni and Hopi Kachina figures, Southwestern animals, feathers, and Navajo inspired geometric patterns. Bennie also adorns many of his pieces with gem quality Turquoise stones, such as rare cabochons from the Kingman and Manassa mines. Some pieces (a Sunface Kachina, for example) have a removable head which can be worn as an independent pin or as a necklace with body attached. When asked how he comes up with his many designs, Bennie says, "I remember what I see and make pieces in my mind. "
Bennie's work is considered museum-quality due to the excellence of the work and the caliber of the stones. Bennie Ration's work is not only beautiful to wear, it is highly valued art for curators and investors.
Sunshine Studio Policy on Inter-Tribal Marriages
of Zuni Fetish Carvers
Zuni husband and wife teams usually share in the work of carving fetishes. For example, one spouse may do the carving and the other may inlay the eyes, do the polishing, and/or tie on the bundles. Sometimes, one spouse may be from a different tribe, but both live and work in Zuni. Examples include Lynn Quam (Zuni) who is married to Jayne Quam (Navajo), and Milton Honawa (Hopi) who is married to a Zuni. It is Sunshine Studio policy to attribute the work to the Zuni tribe in such cases.
There is a problem in the event of separation and divorce. Fetishes produced by one spouse prior to the divorce should be attributed as Zuni. After the divorce, the tribal attribution depends on the circumstances. Sunshine Studio may not be fully aware of the existence of a divorce or of the circumstances. However, when we know, we will label such fetishes as Zuni*, with a link to this section, where we describe what we know of the situation.
You can see the difficulty of being precise. We take a generous approach, and call all of these artists' work Zuni until proven otherwise.
Here You Will Find Information On:
We want you to be happy with your purchase.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can help you in any way. If
you wish to contact us, please use one of the means suggested below. We
operate on a Monday to Friday, 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM Mountain Time
schedule. On weekends, we will answer when we are available. There is a
voice mail at our phone, but please be patient - it is set to record
only after approximately seven rings. We prefer that you call
between 10:30 AM and 5:30 PM Mountain Time. Please remember
the time difference: 8 hours earlier than the United Kingdom, 2 hours
earlier than the East Coast, one hour later than California, and 8
hours later than Japan. (This means, for example, that if it is noon in
New Youk, it is 10AM in Santa Fe).
|Sunshine Studio Contact Information|
|3180 Vista Sandia|
|Santa Fe, NM 87506|
|new order line: 800-348-9273|
have received several e-mail messages from prospective customers whose
return e-mail address does not work. This is frustrating for both of
us. Please be sure to include your correct e-mail address in the text
of your e-mail. Be sure that your spam filter is set to accept messages
from firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise it may prove to be
impossible for us to respond to you. If possible, include a phone
number, a fax number, and/or an alternate e-mail address so that we can
contact you even if there is a temporary problem with our email server
Please be patient - if you
send a "Buy Me" message during business hours, we
will answer within a few hours. If you send a message outside of
business hours, we may not respond until noon of the next business day.
On posting day, we do not answer our phone during the first hour and a
half after new fetishes have been posted. Please phone us later in the
day on these occasions. Be assured that all orders are handled on a
first come, first served basis, in the order that they are received.
The total cost of your order will be the cost of the merchandise plus $8 shipping by priority mail in the USA for everything that will fit into one mailing box. If the total cost of your merchandise exceeds $300, shipping is free in the USA. (Please contact us for the cost of shipping large items, other shipping methods or international shipping).
Payment Options: There are four different methods that you may choose from to pay for an order.
Domestic Shipping: There is a $8 shipping and handling fee for most orders placed and shipped within the continental USA using our standard shipping method, Priority Mail, insured. This single fee applies to anything that can be fit into a 10" x 12" x 3" shipping box. Large items or those over two pounds in shipping weight will be charged additional shipping according to actual cost to us. Media mail shipping of a single small book to a domestic address is possible for $5, but only if the actual weight of the item and shipping container is less than one pound. Typical delivery time of Priority Mail to the East Coast is two to three days. We have access to all classes of UPS and FedEx shipping, from Ground Trak to Next-Day Air with Early Morning Delivery. Please let us know if you want a class of service other than our standard, Priority Mail. The customer is responsible for loss or damage to all shipments that are sent uninsured at the request of the customer. Any lost or damaged shipment not reported to Sunshine Studio within 21 days of the order date or shipping date, whichever is later, is the responsibility of the customer.
Shipping Paintings, Pottery and Kachinas and Other Large or Breakable Items: The minimum shipping and handling charge for Kachinas is $25, with additional fees for larger items. Pottery is shipped in "foam-in-place" packaging at a cost from $15-$100 depending on size. Shipping of a typical painting by UPS GroundTrak, properly boxed by a professional packer, is $30-$150, depending on size. Shipping and handling charges for large items are billed at our cost.
Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, and
other US Territories: For Alaska, Hawaii, the Virgin Islands,
and other US territories, we can use US First Class Mail, Express
Mail,or Priority Mail at a minimum fee of $8 for Priority Mail, or $25
for Express Mail. The minimum shipping charge for UPS or FedEx 2nd day
air to these addresses is $50. UPS or FedEx charges and shipping for
large items are billed at our cost.
Canada: We can ship small parcels to Canada for $25 by Express
Mail or $8 by First Class Mail. Typical delivery times are 5-10 days
for Express Mail and 10-20 days for first class mail. UPS provides
4-day expedited service for $50 and up, depending on location. Shipping
charges for larger items sent by Global Priority Mail, Express Mail, or
UPS are charged at our cost. Duty for items shipped to Canadian
addresses is the responsibility of the buyer.
|International Shipping: For small items shipped to many international addresses, we can ship by First Class Mail for $8. Delivery of first class mail takes 10-60 days. Contact us for the most up-to-date information that we have. Items shipped by First Class, Global Priority Mail, and International Express Mail cannot be insured. Any loss or damage is the responsibility of the customer. We can ship by International Express Mail for $30 and up depending on destination. Express Mail takes 7-10 days, with shorter times to European destinations and longer times to the Far East. International Express Mail shipments are insured and are trackable within the US only. If you wish 2nd day air service for a small parcel, we can ship by UPS or FEDEX for $75-$125 depending on size or weight. Paintings and other large items must be handled on a case-by-case basis, minimum charge $100. Shipping charges for UPS and large items are billed at our cost. Customs fees,VAT and duty for items shipped to an international address are the responsibility of the buyer.|
International Payments: The best method of making international payments is PayPal. You will receive a good exchange rate and the transaction will be promptly handled. International credit cards are more of a problem. The address verification process is different from domestic cards and our credit card processor may not accept the transaction. We can usually force the transaction to be accepted, but this process takes one additional day. We require, in addition, 10 days for international credit card transactions to clear before shipping the order. Our local banks have trouble with international checks and money orders in these times of international scams. We do not recommend international checks or money orders. We can accept such transactions, but need 10-15 working days for the check or money order to clear before shipping.
Returns and Damaged Shipments: We will accept the return of
any item for full refund within 10 days of receipt at your premises if
returned in its original condition, no questions asked. Shipping
charges for returns are the responsibility of the customer. We have an unconditional
guarantee on the authenticity of our art. If at any time there is
a question of authenticity verified by a suitably knowledgeable expert
and the item is in its original condition, the item may be returned for
a full refund. In the case of an authenticity return, the shipping
charges are the responsibility of the customer. Items damaged in
shipment must be reported to Sunshine Studio within 21 days of the
order or shipping date. All domestic shipments are insured for full
value. Our insurer insists that all damaged items be returned to
Sunshine Studio before claims can be settled. International orders
shipped by the post office cannot be insured. All claims for damaged or
lost international shipments are the responsibility of the customer.
To Cancel or Correct a submitted
item or order: please send an email to email@example.com
mentioning your name and email address plus the item or order that you
wish to cancel or correct.
Price Changes: We reserve the right to change our prices at
any time. Please be sure to set up your browser to reload these pages
each time you start a session if you want to see a current sales list
and up-to-date prices. (Some browsers default to a mode where they
store the pages in a local disk cache and do not automatically refresh
Policy on Catalogs: Our only catalog is our WWW page, which is more accurate and more up-to-date than any paper catalog can be. You can easily print a copy using your browser's "print" function. If you want a color copy, use your color printer. We are sorry, but the expense of printing and mailing hard copies precludes mailing copies. Use your monitor to view your electronic copy.
Policy on Layaways: We will be
happy to do layaways on most of the items for sale on our WWW pages. We
request 1/3 down, and 1/3 each month for two additional months. We will
accept longer layaways if terms are agreed on in advance. There is no
additional charge for layaways, shipped only after payment in full. You
will have ten days after receipt of your purchase to return the item
for full refund. For some larger, low-margin items like paintings,
pottery, and rugs, layaway is not possible. Please ask us about any
item that you would like to lay away.
More Details of How to Place an Order
First click on an item in our catalog. This will bring up a single-page display with a larger image of the item, full details of the item, and a "BuyMe" button.
When you click on the "BuyMe" button, a contact information form appears along with a "Confirm BuyMe" button. You must enter your contact information and may correct any typographical errors at this time. When you are confident that your contact information is correct and click on the "Confirm BuyMe" button, an email is sent to Sunshine Studio requesting that we check the availability of one item. The contents of this email are displayed on your screen. If you need a copy of this email, you can use your computer's PrntScrn command or other means to print a hard copy.
After we receive your order, a Sunshine Studio staff member checks our inventory, confirms availability of the item(s) purchased, and sends you an invoice with payment instructions. (This is necessary because all of our items are one-of-a-kind. Any slipup in our inventory process means that the item will not be available for sale.) You may pay with credit card (www.sunshinestudio.com/creditcard.html), PayPal (open your PayPal account and "Send Money" to firstname.lastname@example.org), check or money order (send by snail mail to 3180 Vista Sandia, Santa Fe, NM 87506), or layaway (phone 1-800-348-9273 to set up terms). (We must wait 10 business days for checks, money orders, and credit cards from international locations to clear before shipping).
To Cancel an Item or to Correct an Error after Submission: please send an email to email@example.com (or phone 1-800-348-9273) mentioning your name, email address, and phone number plus the description of the item or order that you wish to cancel or correct.
An order to Sunshine Studio is built up one item at a time. For an order consisting of several items, select one item at a time and click on the "BuyMe/Confirm BuyMe" buttons once for each item before you navigate away from the item chosen.
All items on the Sunshine Studio web site are one-of-a-kind. If we have several similar items, each has a different inventory number. If you click on the "BuyMe/Confirm BuyMe" buttons several times from several different items within a short time, we will combine your items into a single order. The shipping fee is applied only once per order.
Note that for some of you (especially if you wish to buy multiple items), it may be more convenient to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org listing the item(s) that you wish to purchase. This email must contain a list of the inventory numbers of the items that you wish to purchase and a phone number where we can call you in the event that ReplyTo your email does not work. You may also put your request addional items in the Additional Message box on the contact information form that BuyMe provides. You may phone your order to (800) 348-9273 or (505) 984-3216 if you wish. We also accept fax orders at (505) 986-0765.
Ordering Info: Buy, Sell, or Trade Native American Art and Craftse-mail: email@example.com request more information or to provide feedback
Turquoise*: See http://www.sunshinestudio.com/turquoise.html for statement of Sunshine Studio Policy on Turquoise.
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