Cactus Wren Gallery has been located at 406 Delaware Street in New Castle, Delaware, for over five years. The seeds of an authentic Native American collection were “planted” years ago when the gallery owner found ancient Indian arrowheads on family property in Virginia.
Love of the American southwest and collecting Native American jewelry developed over years. The desire to have a gallery grew out of personal collecting opportunities in Arizona and New Mexico. Pieces for the yet to be opened gallery were acquired at markets and in artists’ pueblo homes. When a storefront became available, fine jewelry, pottery and fetish carvings were ready to fill the cases and original Indian art went up on the walls. Then as now, pieces are individually selected for their high quality and innate beauty. We have tremendous pride in our artists and the work they create.
Purchases are written up to include the artist’s name, tribal affiliation and a detailed description of the piece, including the materials used to create it. We follow the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Code of Ethics. Gallery pieces are acquired using the same high standards set by SWAIA at Indian Market in Santa Fe.
From our Delaware location, several buying trips to the southwest are made each year. A growing personal research library and selected subscriptions keep us up-to-date. Attending museum exhibits, in both the east and southwest, give us exposure to the best historic pieces and examples by contemporary masters. It is wonderful validation of the gallery collection when our artists have work in premier exhibits.