American Trails Re-opens at 250 E. MainAmerican Trails Re-opens at 250 E. Main
Good things are often worth repeating, and those who knew and loved American Trails in its first life on the Ashland Plaza will likely agree that its second incarnation, at 250 East Main Street, is even better. The new American Trails opened on March 18 after a nearly 5-year absence.
American Trails is a gallery of Native American art, decor and jewelry. “We specialize in indigenous arts and crafts of the Americas,” says Shane Bloodworth, who owns the gallery with David Bobb. “We also have First Nation pieces out of Canada and arts and crafts that come from Mexico.”
Just some of the gallery’s offerings are beautiful Navajo and Zapotec weavings, Hopi and Zuni carvings, ceramics from the people of the Southwest pueblos, historic and contemporary jewelry and baskets. You’ll also find the largest selection of historic basketry in the Pacific Northwest, and wildlife and landscape art by regional artists.
Among the treasures you’ll discover at American Trails are “rugs and baskets that date back 80 to 100 years,” says David. “We have a Casa Grande pot that is 500 years old, and jewelry that goes back to the 1920’s and 30’s.”
While David and Shane love to showcase the exquisite artistry of older works, they also enjoy introducing customers to the creative talents of new Native American artists. “These cultures aren’t dead or stuck in a time capsule,” Shane says. “The artists are evolving and making incredible new work that people should see.”
Shane’s interest in Native American history and art came from growing up in the Southwest. “Once I began to work for Dave, I came more in contact with the artists and the crafts they created and I was hooked,” he said. “I began collecting and have never stopped.”
The two worked together in the earlier American Trails store after David opened it in 1990. Shane began working at the store in 1998 and managed the gallery until he left in 2004 for a corporate job. After winding up his corporate career, he asked Dave if he wanted to bring back American Trails.
“We talked for over a year about it and then found a perfect location to make it happen,” he says.
The store is open seven days a week from 10am to 6pm, and offers free appraisals of Native American art and jewelry. Purchases help support hundreds of indigenous families who are working to keep the traditional arts and crafts of their communities alive.
For more info, call 541-482-2553 or visit their website at americantrails.com. You can also like them on Facebook.