Corn Dance by Ted Schuyler. Egg Tempera. 1947. Considered by Ted's family to be his masterpiece, this painting represents over 600 hours of painting. The scene is the Santa Domingo Corn Dance. Photographs of this ceremony were not allowed, so Ted painted the scene entirely from memory. His memory was so exact however, that later when Ted took his work to Maisel's curio store in downtown Albuquerque, a Santo Domingo silversmith, who worked at the store and had participated in the dance, recognized himself in the painting. This caused quite a stir because he believed Ted had used a camera, until Ted offered to go home and paint the complainer's portrait from seeing him that day.
Shalako, by Ted Schuyler. This painting was done in 1954, and is rendered in casein on masonite, about 18 x 24. In addition to the Santo Domingo Corn Dance, Ted was fascinated by the Zuni Shalako, a home-blessing ceremony conducted in that Pueblo in December. This painting was a favorite of Trudie's from her childhood, because it was so "spooky". It represents the Shalako dancer coming down from the hills around the Pueblo to begin the celebration. From the collection of Lorna Barreras and Melvin Gorman.
Squirrel by Ted Schuyler Oil. 1964. One of two oil paintings of the same male dancer whose name was Squirrel. From the collection of Tish and Curt Gorman
by Ted Schuyler, this marvellous formal portrait of a Pueblo woman in "full regalia" was painted in 1955 in oil. Lee worked on this model at the same time, and her portrait was displayed with Ted's at his Memorial Exhibition in 1990. This large oil, about 36 x 48, is in the collection of Lorna and Melvin. The background is a rendering of a three-paneled screen grounded with silver leaf on which Ted painted a juniper tree, and which he often used as a backdrop for portraits. This screen, unfortunately, is no longer in existence.
"Pueblo Woman" by Lee Clarke Schuyler 1964. Oil Size 16 x 20. From the collection of Ray & Trudie Barreras
Grinding Corn for Kinaalda
Grinding Corn at Kinaalda. By Trudie Schuyler Barreras. Acrylic 2006. 16x20. This painting represents the young Navajo girl's coming of age ceremony, Kinaalda. An important aspect of this ceremony is that the young girl grind her own corn for the traditional Kinaalda cake which will be baked in the ground overnight.