Thursday, September 6, 2012
Exciting 2012 Summer
I want to thank all of you for your support at another successful
2012 Summer Traditional Spanish Market on the plaza in beautiful Santa Fe, NM. This year I was approached
by the owner and buyer from the world famous Ortega's on the Plaza. I was asked if I would be interested in showing my work at Ortega's. I was very excited at this opportunity to be represented
by a store known for their quality and knowledge of fine southwestern jewelry and to among other master silversmiths.
At our first meeting in the store I was given a warm welcome introduced to the staff as their newest artist and
told I would get a small space with a few pieces to show, to see how I would be received by their clientele. I opened
my case to show them what I had and before we knew it I would need a full case to display all that was chosen. To
say the least I was more then excited now, as this was days before Santa Fe's premier Indian Market. I was asked
to come back and give a little talk to the staff about myself and my work and to return that Friday night for an
invitation only reception. What a whirlwind it's been. I was told my work started selling as soon as they put it
out and and second wave of items is ready to go on display. I hope that when you are in Santa Fe you'll visit Ortega's
to see my latest work and that many other fine silversmiths. I may run into you there.
8:42 am mdt
Monday, July 16, 2012
61st Annual Traditional Spanish Market
It's that time of year again! it's time for the 61st Traditional Spanish Market to be held on the wonderful
Plaza in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This year's event is even larger with new artists and a week long of events. I, as usual am
locked away in the studio preparing for my largest show. Yes, i have a some new designs debuting at market. You can see them,
booth #50 and much more traditional Spanish artworks on July 28th & 29th 2012 in Santa Fe on the the Plaza. By the way
you can find the paintings of my very talented younger brother Leonard at the Contemporary Hispanic Market adjacent to the
Traditional Market that same weekend. Hope to see you in Santa Fe!
7:51 am mdt
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Metalsmith Magazine Article
4:07 pm mdt
Today I received my Metalsmith magazine and in it was an article entitled "Traditional Spanish Metalwork, A Living Past". I was interviewed last
Spanish Market by various writers brought to my both by market staff. I was told an article was submitted to Metalsmith magazine
and now I am so excited and honored that not only was I featured in the article but the editors at Metalsmith magazine used
a picture of my "Corazon de Santa Fe" as well. So cool... I am beside myself.
magazine is a publication from "SNAG" Society of North American Goldsmiths" and subscribed to by the top Metal Artists, Teachers and Suppliers in the
world as well as those with interest in Metal Art. It is the top publication in my field and knowing that my peers will be
reading about my work and that I have been included into a group of artists worthy enough to be published in Metalsmith...
well, in the words of that cartoon character that lives under the sea "This is the best day ever!" Thank you
writers Patricia Harris and David Lyon and the Editors of Metalsmith, you have made my year. You can find Metalsmith
magazine at your local newsstand.
Just two corrections
to the article,
1-Corazon de Santa Fe is Sterling Silver not "tin"
is me "Gregory Segura"
Friday, July 1, 2011
Martha Struever's Art tour recap
11:08 pm mdt
First off I want to take the time to thank Martha Struever for bringing her Summer Art Tour to see me in Santa Fe at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art on museum hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a true success.
I met some some American Indian Art Collectors that have now stated their commitment to attend the Traditional Spanish Market
as well as the Indian Market in Santa Fe. I met some true collectors that appreciate my work and my commitment to my craft.
I also want to thank the staff at MOSCA for helping us out. Robin Farwell Gavin, Curator of the museum gave a great talk on the history of Spanish colonial
influences on American Indian jewelry making. Also in attendance was Maggie Magalnick, Director of Spanish Market, who gave
a brief history of Spanish Market in Santa Fe. Donna Pedace, Executive Director, deserves and big hug for allowing us to invade the Museum of Spanish Colonial
Art that Saturday morning. I am so glad, that with the help of one of the nations foremost American Indian Art collectors
and authors, Martha Struever, we are able to educate some interested collectors on the influences of Spanish Colonial Jewelers
on American Indian Art. see you at Spanish Market, July 30-31 on the Plaza.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
I Love You, but It's the Price of Silver
12:23 am mdt
A friend of mine said to me "Last year you sold me a bracelet
for $250 and now that your a famous award winning artist it's $500. Where's the love?" The love is in the price of silver.
Silver was averaging $4.95 in 2001, a year ago $17.83 and today is almost $45.00 per ounce! In 2001, gold was $275.00,
today’s price is $1499.30! Within the next couple of years some experts are now predicting that prices could
double or more from present highs! You see, it's not that I don't love my customers, I just have to feed my dog and cats.
All we see on the news is the closing price.
No story about the potential effects this rapid rise in the price of silver and gold will have on the people of New Mexico.
You may have already seen the reduction in tourists and the closures of many stores in the downtown area of Santa Fe. Being
in the business I notice these closures all around the state as well as the closure of businesses that support the industry.
This has a much bigger effect then you may think, job loss, retail closures, tax revenue loss, reduced tourist appeal for
our state, and the reduction and loss of an important traditional craft and lifestyle: Silversmithing in New Mexico.
New Mexico has often been identified with turquoise and silver jewelry
since the days of the roadside trading posts and postcards of old Route 66. This identity is now being threatened, along with
the livelihood of those in the industry. My tag line is "Precious Metals Creations From the Heart and Soul of Santa Fe"
and now that part of New Mexico's heart and soul could be threatened by the continuing rise in the precious metals prices
that could mean the end of the traditional silver jewelry business as we know it.