Vision, Mission and Ethics
Our Mission, Vision and Ethics Statement
Raven Makes Gallery offers North American Indigenous Peoples artwork that explores relevant themes rich in traditional origins, ideas and renewed perspectives.
We work directly with artists to bring American Indian, or Native American, First Nations and Alaska Native art to the unique setting of Central Oregon and cultivate a deeper awareness about fine artists and their communities. To support this endeavor, we promote Indigenous Tour Companies so art buyers can visit the homelands of the artists and more fully experience and learn from these unique cultures. Additionally, we dedicate a portion of the gallery to artists with handicaps.
Artists—The owners of Raven Makes Gallery are former public school teachers who taught and lived on the Navajo Nation for over a decade; therefore, we understand the economic situation on those lands and how a community benefits when artisans are successful. We offer artists a fair, reasonable price for their works and purchase them outright, instead of doing consignment, so they have the money immediately. This is a 'keystone' principal that we feel is important to follow in the gallery business, and we know that this practice often allows and motivates our artists to continue creating and offering their authentic and unique works of art.
Buyers—Raven Makes Gallery’s owners traveled both domestically and internationally, as ‘seeing the world’ was a top priority. We love artwork and acquired what we could, which had to be fairly low priced. This instilled an understanding of how galleries should be—fair, honest, and transparent. The works you see are offered at the lowest price that makes them fair to artists, fair to you, the buyer, and also allows us to maintain and operate the business of a gallery. Therefore, we do not negotiate the prices. We do not buy secondary/second market works or collections. We do not offer appraisal services, although we love to talk about Native American Art and Jewelry, and the people and landscapes behind it!
Transparency--We encourage our potential customers to go on the Internet and compare our prices with others in this industry. Already, we’ve received a number of confirmations by Native American art collectors, or those who simply love ANY art or jewelry, that the cost of the items in our gallery is very fair or even the best they've encountered.
Thank you for supporting Native American and First Nations’ artists, our gallery, and our artistic and cultural communities.