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Gail Russell is a Taos Original
A photographic artist and designer, Gail’s studio gallery is where her photographic work along with her innovative line of Gazelle Shawls, Kangaroo Girls™ Pocket Scarves, and SallyGators® leg warmers can be seen in person.
Gail was named a Taos Living Master for her photography in 2008; honored as one of the Remarkable Women of Taos in 2013; and a featured designer in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Fashion Show in 2019.
Before she worked with photography, Gail was a painter and printmaker studying at Albright Knox School of Fine Art, Pratt Institute, and The School of Visual Arts.
In 1968, she received her first camera and has never put it down.
In the mid-seventies, she moved to the Taos area. Her work has been published and exhibited widely and continuously since then.
Her artistic foundation was informed, deepened, and sustained over decades by the relationships that she has maintained with Native elders and their extended families.
In 1987, with Lakota Grandmother Nellie Red Owl, Gail founded the Adopt-a-Grandparent Program which for fifteen years brought support to elders and their families on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Gail Russell’s art consistently embodies a positive, uplifting spirit.
Her photographs reflect the beauty of nature, spiritual awareness, Native American life and culture, holy shrines and spiritual architecture, landscapes and cloudscapes, love, and sometimes Maya, her macaw.
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