Art is Our Family History
We represent three generations (75+ years) of experience as academics, appraisers, advisers, brokers, collectors, curators, dealers, docents, enthusiasts and sponsors of antique & contemporary American, Indian, Latin, Western & Southwestern fine art, objects, artifacts, & photographs.
Leonard A. Atkison
In 1936 Leonard and Corene Atkison purchased a former satellite of Richardson’s Trading Post, The Nava-Hopi Indian Store in Boulder City, Nevada. Leonard and Corene worked closely and became friends with the likes of Harry Goulding, CG Wallace, James Swinnerton, Maynard Dixon, and Fred Kabotie, and regularly employed Navajo/Diné silversmiths, such as Harrison Yazzie, Tom Dazey and Johnny Begay. In 1947, they built a new building and renamed the business, Nava-Hopi Trading Post. Leonard was also an accomplished photographer, with images featured in Look and Desert magazines, and a noted conservationist, proposing the name for Lake Mohave in southern Nevada. For over thirty years, Leonard and Corene travelled throughout the American Southwest, buying, selling, and trading with Native and other artists, dealers, and tourists, participating in Western and Native America’s critical and market evolution from folk to fine art.
- Owner of Nava-Hopi Indian Store
- Turquoise & Southwest Jewelry Expert
- Published Photographer
- 30+ Years of Art Dealing/Trading
Cynthia J. Hale
Leonard and Corene’s daughter was born in Boulder City and raised working in her parents’ store. Cindy graduated from Stephens College and the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in history, specializing in the American West, later working with numerous museums including the Denver Art Museum, Bakersfield Art Museum, Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Gilcrease Museum, the Creek Council House, Five Civilized Tribes Museum, and currently serves as an ambassador for the University of Oklahoma’s College of Fine Arts. Building upon her museum experience, she began art appraisals in 1989. For over the thirty years, she published articles in Oklahoma Heritage Magazine and Gilcrease Journal, lectured for Gilcrease, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the C.M. Russell Museum, and judged and juried for the Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma City and SWAIA’s Indian Market in Santa Fe, until retiring from appraising in 2019.
- Former IRS Qualified Appraiser & ISA Accredited Member
- Former Museum Curator
- Published Author
- 30+ Years Appraisal Experience
Scott W. Hale
Cindy’s son was born in Denver and raised in the family business. Scott has degrees from Trinity University in San Antonio, and The University of Oklahoma where he pursued his masters and doctoral studies, teaching for over ten years in the English Department, Film and Video Studies Program, Native American Studies Program, lecturing in the School of Art, as well as many Western and Native art museums, and publishing in books and periodicals including: American Indian Portraits, Museum Anthropology Review, First American Art Magazine, and World Literature Today. Later, he was the director of the Brett Weston Archive, and curated several museum exhibits as well as private, corporate, and non-profit art collections. Scott served as chair of the Specialty and Advanced Studies Committee for the International Society of Appraisers, holds Level 2 certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, is a Sotheby’s specialist, a charity auctioneer, and media personality.
- IRS Qualified Appraiser & ISA Accredited Member
- Former University Faculty, Curator
- Published Author
- 15+ Years Appraisal Experience