Tony Da,

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artist be­cause they ex­hibit a height­ened sense of ab­strac­tion.

“Tony was in that next gen­er­a­tion fol­low­ing all those artists com­ing out of the Santa Fe In­dian School with their re­al­is­tic dancers and so on. He was con­tem­po­rary with He­len Hardin. They were close friends, and they were both push­ing the en­ve­lope in terms of what was ex­pected of In­dian artists in the ’60s.

“At one point, early on, he en­tered both pot­tery pieces and paint­ings in the Gallup Inter-Tribal In­dian Cer­e­mo­nial, and his work was so dif­fer­ent they had to cre­ate new cat­e­gories. He was break­ing bar­ri­ers in terms of new ideas in pot­tery, and he also con­tin­ued with his paint­ing, which is pretty un­usual. Most artists end up es­tab­lish­ing them­selves in one medium.” Tis­dale said that Da’s re­sult­ing rep­u­ta­tion shows up in com­ments she has heard from peo­ple at­tend­ing the MIAC ex­hibit. Those who are fa­mil­iar with his paint­ings are sur­prised that he also made pots, and vice versa.

Da’s ca­reer as a pot­ter lasted a lit­tle over 15 years, un­til 1982, when he suf­fered brain dam­age as a re­sult of a mo­tor­cy­cle crash. Even­tu­ally he was able to pro­duce more paint­ings — two of these late pieces are in the ex­hibit — but af­ter the ac­ci­dent he re­port­edly never remembered ever hav­ing done pot­tery.

Da, who died in 2008, and his wife had three chil­dren. One daugh­ter, Am­ber, is an ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor with the School of the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago. Their son, Jar­rod, is an artist in Seat­tle, and their daugh­ter Royale Dá is a news an­chor with KOAT-TV in Al­bu­querque. Tis­dale men­tioned that Royale was very young when her fa­ther had his ac­ci­dent. “She was prob­a­bly too young to know what was go­ing on, but one mem­ory she has of Tony is when he would go into his stu­dio and not come out for a week. That def­i­nitely shows in the metic­u­lous­ness of his work.”

In pre­par­ing to stage the Cre­ative Spark! ex­hi­bi­tion, Tis­dale worked with Charles King, owner of King Gal­leries in Scotts­dale,

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