By Ian Mikrut
Photography: Allie Wynands
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Four Winds Gallery presented the beautiful Exhibition of Masterpieces. Held at the Native American art gallery, the event featured artworks of unparalleled range and quality, from rare historic material to innovative art from contemporary makers. “For this once-in-a-lifetime 40th anniversary event, guests saw rare and wonderful treasures from Four Winds Gallery’s private collection, many on display to the public for the first time,” says Keith Kappmeyer, a longtime collector and friend of the gallery who traveled from San Francisco for the celebration. More than 300 guests from throughout the U.S. enjoyed the weekend of festivities, perusing artworks from Gene and Mike Waddell of Waddell Trading Co. in Arizona, Jed Foutz of Shiprock in Santa Fe, N.M., and award-winning Taos Pueblo jeweler Maria Samora. Founders John and Carol Krena still own and operate Four Winds Gallery, along with their partner Joseph Vignale, keeping it Pittsburgh’s finest and only Native American art gallery since 1974. As one of the oldest successful, independent businesses on Walnut Street in Shadyside, the gallery received a City Council proclamation. Here’s to 40 more years!
Event photos are available for purchase in the WHIRL Photo Vault: