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 Denise Wallace (Chugach/Sugpiaq, b. 1957) is a contemporary artist inspired by a timeless connection between her people and the northwest coast of North America. Thousands of years have passed since humans found a home in this region, yet the link between animals, plants and the environment continues, and the themes of Denise Wallace's jewelry are as rooted in history as they are inspirational for the future.

Denise first grabbed our attention in the 1980’s with jewelry built with unmatched skill, and designs that were uniquely synthesized from the beauty found in the history of her people. Equal to her skills as a designer and metalsmith, the lapidary art of Denise’s husband Samuel Wallace (1936 - 2010) found an outlet in these forms as well, and the two together created a body of work that has been appreciated as jewelry, art, and cultural iconography. Included in private and public collections around the world, “Denise Wallace” jewelry is worn, displayed, coveted and admired. Many awards, accolades and sold-out shows later, they have been featured artists in national television broadcasts, books, magazines and museum retrospectives.

The Long Ago & Far Away Gallery in Manchester, Vermont, has been representing the Wallaces since 1988, and our first solo show with them was in 1991. Since that period, much has changed - Denise and Samuel closed their studio in Santa Fe to relocate to Hawaii and their two children, Dawn and David, have grown into their own roles as award-winning artists. A great loss for all of us was the passing of Samuel in 2010.

We are pleased to present for sale a selection of vintage Denise and Samuel Wallace Jewelry created over the last twenty years. Each piece is in pristine condition and is an artistic representation of a culture that has existed for millennia. We look forward to discussing the pieces included in the collection below, all of which are here in our Vermont gallery and ready to find a new home with you.

As always, we appreciate your questions and comments.

Grant and Betsy Turner. Owners
               Long Ago & Far Away Gallery
               Manchester Center, Vermont

Examples of Yup'ik Dancer Pin/Pendants
by Denise Wallace                

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Title: WOMAN IN THE MOON Ring (with Hinged Mask Door)

Artist: Denise Wallace

Comments/Size: Outer ring around the face is 1.25" tall; 0.85" wide (This is the smaller of the two variations on this design).

RING SIZE 6.75


Materials:  Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Tusk Ivory, Ink

Price: SOLD
 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: WOMAN IN THE MOON Ring

Artist: Denise Wallace

Comments/Size: Outer ring around the face is 1.25" tall; 0.85" wide (This is the smaller of the two variations on this design).

RING SIZE  7.5

Materials:  Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Tusk Ivory, Ink

Price: Please call us for the current availability of this item at 802-362-3435, or Email us at sales@longagoandfaraway.com

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Yup'ik dancer II Pin/Pendant #2 of 5
Artist: Denise Wallace
Size: 3.75" tall
Materials: Sterling Silver, 14Kt Gold, Fossil Walrus Ivory, Dinosaur Bone Fossil; Moonstone
Comments: Circa 1995.
Price:  This item is now available for purchase. Please call us at 802-362-3435 for more information, or Email us at sales@longagoandfaraway.com

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Seal Mask Pin/Pendant (Limited Edition, #28 of 100)

Artist: Denise and Samuel Wallace

Size: The main element is 2.8" tall

Materials: Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold, Fossil Walrus Tusk Ivory.

Comments: From the 1990's. In this piece, the Seal Mask opens to reveal the Inua - the face of the seal's human spirit - and the Inua itself can be removed and worn as a separate pendant. Since the main piece is also a pin (brooch), you can wear them both at the same time!

Price: $6,500.00 Please call us at 802-362-3435 for pricing  and more information on this item, or Email  sales@longagoandfaraway.com

 

 

 

 

Title: Seal Hunt Ring with Mask

Artist: Denise and Samuel Wallace

Size: Ring Size 6; The Face is 0.9" X 0.5"

Materials: Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold, Fossil Walrus Tusk Ivory, Sugilite

Comments: From the 1990's. The Seal Mask pops open to reveal the Inua - the face of the seal's human spirit.  The band has a depiction of a traditional seal hunt carved into it.ce: $2,350.00

 

 

 

 

Title: Dancer Ring, circa 1986


Artist: Denise and Samuel Wallace


Comments/Size: Dancer is 1.75"tall X 1.5" wide; RING SIZE 7


Materials: Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Ivory, Sugilite

 

Price: This item is now available for purchase. Please call us at 802-362-3435 for more information, or Email us at sales@longagoandfaraway.com


 

 

 

 

 

Title: Yup'ik Dancer I Pin/Pendant (#3 of 5)

Artist: Denise and Samuel Wallace

Size: 3.6" tall

Materials: Sterling Silver, 14kt Gold, Fossil Walrus Tusk Ivory, Sugilite.

Comments: Completed on December 31, 1996. This piece is one of five limited-edition figures derived from an element in Denise and Samuel Wallace's masterpiece "Yup'ik Dancer Belt", which was first exhibited in 1997. This was the last of the large projects completed by this famous couple and the "Yup'ik Dancer 1" figure was used as the focal point in the belt when worn. In their dances, the Yup'ik use hand fans as shown in this piece, and the delicate, purposeful motions of the dancer can clearly be seen.

Price: Please call us to purchase this item at 802-362-3435, or Email us at sales@longagoandfaraway.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: DOLLMAKER Pin/Pendant (1990); (#1 of 5)

Artist: Denise Wallace

Size: Main figure is 3" tall; Baby is 1.25" tall

Materials: Sterling Silver, Fossil Walrus Ivory, Lapis Lazuli, Varascite

Comments: The mother and child theme is enhanced by the way the mother cuddles her baby and sings to her. Of course, the baby can be worn separately as a cute little pendant.

Price: Please call us at 802-362-3435 for more information on purchasing this item, or Email at sales@longagoandfaraway.com
 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Yup'ik Dancer III with removable Bird Mask Pin/Pendant, 2007 #5 of 5

Artist: Denise Wallace

Size: 4" tall

Materials: Sterling Silver,18Kt Gold, Fossil Walrus Ivory, Sugilite

Comments: This remarkable dancer is full of interesting motion and the body of the figure has gold hand fans used in traditional dancing. The main pin/pendant has a removable mask that can be worn as a separate pendant - both can be worn at the same time! Worth noting is how the artist used pieces of beautifully colored "fossilized" ivory in the parka and pants of the dancer figure.

Price:
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Name: Bag Fastener Seal Design II Pin/Pendant; #2 of 5

Artist: Denise and Samuel Wallace

Size: 3.25” long

Description: From 1995. This captivating figure is a direct interpretation of a beautifully decorated utilitarian item left by a skilled artisan from the Old Bering Sea culture thousands of years ago.

Materials: Sterling Silver, 14KT Gold, Fossilized Walrus Ivory

Price:
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