"The art world is what I care about, and that I can combine that love, with the love of my culture... I couldn't ask for anything better."
Lilly Vigil, Gallery Owner
About the Gallery
Lilly Vigil Gallery has been a mainstay of historic Broad Street in Nevada City, CA for over thirty years. The gallery features both traditional and contemporary art from indigenous peoples of the Americas, with a focus on Native American art from the New Mexico region.
Lilly has spent twenty-eight years building personal relationships with her artists. She takes several trips a year to New Mexico where she visits artists and crafts people in the area's small villages as well as the famous Indian Market in Santa Fe. She looks for art that has the "essence" of the Native American spirit she felt while spending summers in Socorro, New Mexico with her grandfather. She also displays the work of local artists that share her love of native traditions and craftsmanship.
This website captures many of the works in the gallery, but you cannot truly appreciate the beauty of the work until you see it in person and we add new artists and work on a regular basis. Please visit the gallery while you are in Nevada City. We add new artists and work on a regular basis.
* Quote taken from "A Place of Enchantment", by Judie Rae, Sierra Heritage Magazine, December 2014
About Lilly Vigil
Lilly was born in New Mexico and is of Apache, Pueblo Indian and Spanish decent. As a child she spent summers with her grandfather at his ancient adobe house in Socorro. Her grandfather spent those summers sharing his love of Native American traditions, art and healing with her.
Lilly began her career in the Silicon Valley, but left to pursue her passion for art. She opened her first galley in Nevada City, CA. after visiting, and two years later opened the second gallery in the heart of the wine country, Sonoma CA .