Denise Wallace Jewelry


March 2020: WINNER 2020 Heard Museum Indian Fair:

Best of Class, JEWELRY & LAPIDARY and First Place, Belts:
       Denise Wallace (ALEUT): "Yup'ik Dancer Belt"

First Place, Necklaces:
       Denise Wallace and Dawn Wallace : "Seal Spirit Necklace"

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

Please sign up for our mailing list and we'll keep you informed about updated availability of jewelry by this artist. For those of you in Arizona, Denise will be a featured artist at the 2020 Heard Museum Indian Art Fair in downtown Phoenix on the weekend of March 7 & 8, 2020. You can find more information about this event here:  2020 Heard Museum Indian Fair & Market

You can get an overview of the way Denise and her family work by viewing this 2007 segment of Craft In America (PBS) which tells their story. 


Iman-Shua II Pendant by Denise Wallace
Iman-Shua II Pendant by Denise Wallace
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Yup'ik Dancer III with Mask Pin/Pendant by Denise Wallace (2007)
Yup'ik Dancer III with Mask Pin/Pendant by Denise Wallace (2007)
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