A Zuni Pueblo artist is gaining national attention after one of her pieces was spotted on the red carpet at the Golden Globes.
A Golden Globe in one hand, and the Sunface symbol around his neck.
“It’s a good luck symbol, it’s good luck in the sense it represents the balance of all the elements,” says Bronwyn Fox, owner of KESHi, the Zuni Connection.
The bolo tie was crafted right here in New Mexico by Zuni artist April Unkestine
“It was very overwhelming and then it didn’t really phase me too much at that time. I was like yeah, they showed it on TV, oh wow,” Unkestine says.
Unkestine says her husband was watching the award show and spotted a familiar design.
“He goes, uh…look that guy is wearing your piece! Look, look he’s wearing your piece! That guy got an award and he sat down,” Unkestine says.
“That guy” was lead guitarist of the rock band Queen, Brian May. The biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” won the award for best drama at the Golden Globes.
“I don’t even know how to explain it,” Unkestine says. “It’s just a good feeling.”
The artist sells pieces across New Mexico. Many of them are sold at KESHi, the Zuni Connection in Santa Fe . The owner of the store says May came in around Christmas time.
“I know Zuni is all abuzz right now about the whole thing,” Fox says.
Unkestine says she’s even started to gain attention from collectors, but she says her art is for everyone.
“It gives me a lot of pride to work all this stuff that I do, and to go around and see not just celebrities but different people wear my artwork,” Unkestine says.
Unkestine has items for sale in Santa Fe, Gallup, and Zuni.