Anchorum St. Vincent Hosts Gathering for Art Installation and Ceremony

Posted on October 6, 2022

On August 29, 2022, Anchorum held a gathering to celebrate the installation of one of the first pieces of commissioned art for the community health impact foundation. Two and a half years after commissioning the artwork, Santa Clara Pueblo artist Andrew Harvier presented Anchorum President and CEO with a red willow woven plate to represent the organization’s logo which signifies an interconnectedness of the community.

With 80 attendees, Andrew, his son, Jordan, and grandson, JaiP’o, held a Native American blessing over the new artwork and JaiP’o, an award-winning hoop dancer, performed a traditional but original hoop dance. It was a moving and emotional experience for everyone watching.

The event culminated with lunch and then Jerry presented special gifts to the maintenance team for their hard work and dedication.

To watch a three-minute video of the event, click here.

JaiP’o Harvier performs a traditional and original hoop dance.

President and CEO Jerry Jones, at right, stands with artist Andrew Harvier, his grandson JaiP’o, and son Jordan as they reveal the red willow woven platter.

Jordan Harvier, JaiP’o Harvier, Judith Harvier, and Andrew Harvier stand proudly in front of the red willow woven platter.

Andrew Harvier joins a growing list of local artisans who are represented in this permanent collection for Anchorum. Other works of art currently installed at the Anchorum office in Santa Fe include a set of hand-crafted, ornamental doors created by Jake Lovato and an outdoor fountain carved from a single piece of local stone by Greg Robertson.

About the Artist: Andrew Harvier

Andrew Harvier is a renowned basket weaver and multi-media artist in northern New Mexico and one of a handful of people in the world who learned this particular talent. In 1973, when Andrew was a freshman in high school, he was taught this art form by an elder from the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Almost 49 years later, Andrew continues to be one of the few living red willow basket weavers in the country and is a national and regional treasure. He has received countless awards for his work and has been invited to participate in national and worldwide events. This distinction has opened the doors for his work to be included in noteworthy museums, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, as well as universities, galleries and other venues in the United States, Mexico, and Europe.