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First Feather Gallery Presents...

First Feather Gallery is honored to represent the art collection of Dine'h(navajo) artist (the late)Rex A. Begaye. Rex's life's work holds the essence of the Indigenous spirit. His love and respect for the Earth and “the people” is felt in every piece. Inspired by his elders and the knowledge they passed down to him, (the late)Rex's artwork preserves a legacy which continues to live on through these extraordinary images.

Growing up at the Grand Canyon

(the late) Rex A. Begaye (Dine’h na’ a’ chaa’ o artist) The (Navajo) artist Rex Begaye speaks of the universal connection of Mother Earth, Father Sky and man. Through his paintings, stories have been passed down for generations by the elders of many nations, which are vividly brought to life through his artwork. Rex’s art celebrates the sacredness and discipline of the Dine’h culture, leading a contemporary outlook to the ancient traditions. To see his paintings is to span from long ago to the edge of tomorrow. Rex was from Dine’htah (Navajo nation), Grand Canyon, Arizona. Born and raised with a culture and traditional values. He travels throughout the country teaching about the culture of different nations through his paintings. To understand, to see and to feel his work is a teaching of balance and harmony. "In Beauty and Harmony may you walk”

The Journey of the artwork

(the late) Rex A. Begaye was born an artist. From early doodles in the margins of his Tuba City School yearbooks to the master strokes of his paintings in his later life, it was apparent that he was gifted. The versatility of his talent showed itself in many ways, from his early careers in the beauty business, quickly segueing into the fashion business, ghost designing for top fashion designers in the 1980s and traveling around the country training professionals and developing new techniques in hair and studio makeup.

His love for the visual arts drew him back to painting. Although the world called to him he was always close to home in his heart and carried the stories that his grandfather and elders had told him growing up. These served as his biggest inspiration when it came to his paintings, especially the creation stories of the Diné.

A prolific artist, Rex created over 500 pieces of original art throughout his career. His sense of color, balance, harmony and dimension was extraordinary bringing to life each piece he created. He inspired and shared his culture with the world for close to 30 years. Through his art he shared a sense of truth, knowledge and beauty to all people he connected with.

The journey to Sarasota

(the late) Rex A. Begaye made Sarasota his second home in the mid 90’s, enchanted with Sarasota’s beauty and the strong art scene. His passion to share Native American art and culture inspired him to create the Sarasota Native American Indian festival in 2008 which continues to bring authentic Native American fine artists, cultural educators and entertainers, traditional drumming, dance, music and food to Sarasota as part of Rex’s legacy.

Sarasota Native American Indian Festival

In 2008 he created the Sarasota Native American Indian festival, a gathering of all native artisans to celebrate and appreciate the quality, creativity and authenticity of Native American artisans and crafts people during a time when cultural appropriation is running rampant. His great appreciation and respect for Native cultures and traditions, extended out to all tribes and it was his desire to teach and share all the great beauty that they contain with all people Native and non-Native alike.

Our journey together

(the late) Rex and I met in 1998 and shared a 15 year journey together. Since his passing in December 2013 I have continued his legacy. Over the years he taught me more than I ever realized until the day came that I had to carry on his work. (the late) Rex’s meticulous nature flowed into the artwork, expressing his understanding of conscious art as a tool to bring healing to the Earth and all people. He shared with me many of the stories, meanings and inspirations of his artwork along with how to print, mat and frame them over the years, an apprenticeship that prepared me for today. The dream of opening up First Feather Gallery in Sarasota is now coming true…

The Legacy

(the late) Rex A. Begaye was known for his sense of humor and his joy for laughter, fun and beauty he shared with us through his paintings and spirit. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, loved ones and art collectors. In his own words and language he shares his message with the world…

Path of Beauty film

In 2015, “Path of Beauty film” was seeded. Filming took place throughout Sarasota, Ohio, Colorado and Arizona. The feature film is still in production. I have spent the past 5 years healing and am now ready bring these projects to fruition.

"Path of Beauty film...in the beginning" release

“Path of Beauty film …in the beginning” A Short Film, brings to life the journey to create the “Path of Beauty Legacy” not-for-profit and opening of First Feather Gallery llc in Sarasota Florida. It’s been a long journey for me since (the late) Rex A. Begaye took his journey to the other side. He has made it clear he is watching over me and guides me. My love for him and passion to preserve (the late) Rex A. Begaye’s legacy drives my commitment to these projects with a focus of leaving something for the generations to come to receive and learn from.