Native Treasures

Indian Arts Festival

Date April 2, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication SantaFe.com

Categories Performing Arts

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Collectors, dealers and fans of Native American art have blocked their calendars for Memorial Day Weekend's fifth annual Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival. Top Native American artists will display and sell their work at the new Santa Fe Community Convention Center in downtown Santa Fe. In past years, Native Treasures has taken place on Museum Hill. This year the show will be in a new location--the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, just a block from the downtown Plaza. This is in part to make it easier for patrons who want to enjoy both the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival and the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum, which is also taking place Memorial Day weekend just two blocks away.

More than 170 artists from 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase and sell their pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art on Saturday, May 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 24, 2009, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5 on Saturday and free on Sunday. The Early Bird Market is on Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. Admission is $15 and allows collectors to preview and buy artwork in advance of the general public. Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival benefits the programs and exhibitions of the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

"Because this is an invitational show, we are able to invite the „best of the best"€Ÿ artists, from established masters to the brightest emerging stars, all of whom are producing museum-quality work,” says Museum of Indian Arts & Culture director Dr. Shelby Tisdale. “Many of their pieces are in our permanent collection so we really enjoy being able to offer this quality of art for sale."

Some of the artists participating in the 2009 Native Treasures show are jewelers Vernon Haskie, Richard Chavez, Fritz Casuse and Keri Ataumbi; potters Robert Tenorio, Janice Ortiz, Erik Fender and Samuel Manymules; sculptors Upton Ethelbah and Adrian Wall; painters Marla Allison, Raymond Nordwall and Peterson Yazzie; carvers Robert Albert and Delbridge Honanie; and textile artists Mona Laughing and Dorothy Grant. Many of these artists were recently honored with major awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market in Phoenix.

“We try to ensure that there is a different group of artists each year, so that more artists get the chance to participate and collectors have the fun of finding someone new,” Tisdale adds. More than 80 of the artists are new to the show this year.

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival is an intimate, fun weekend where buyers can meet the artists and can ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. Purchasing art at Native Treasures—with prices ranging from $25 to $10,000 —is a way for the public to support not only the artists but also the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

In its first four years, Native Treasures has raised more than $200,000 providing the majority of the exhibition and education budget for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, including funds for the current exhibitions. Native American Picture Books of Change and Comic Art Indigène and Native Couture. Artists who participate in Native Treasures generously donate a portion of their sales to the museum.

In past years, Native Treasures has taken place on Museum Hill. This year the show will be in a new location--the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, just a block from the downtown Plaza. This is in part to make it easier for patrons who want to enjoy both the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival and the grand opening of the New Mexico History Museum, which is taking place the same weekend downtown.

"The Native Treasures show is of immense benefit to both the artists and to MIAC," says Tisdale. "We are really excited about our new location and all of the new artists who will be participating. I say this every year, but I know this year's show will be the best one yet!"

For more information about all Native Treasures events and for a full artist listing, visit www.nativetreasuressantafe.org.

What

Native Treasures, now in its fifth year, is an invitational art show and sale featuring the best Native art in the U.S. Proceeds benefit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

Featuring

  • More than 170 artists from 40 tribes and pueblos.
  • Best and brightest of the Indian art world.
  • Santa Fe"€Ÿs only museum-quality Indian art show.
  • Relaxed, intimate event for collectors, dealers and sightseers.
  • Pre-Sale Gala, kicks off Native Treasures Friday evening, May 22. Patrons will enjoy a wine bar and heavy hors d'oeuvres while getting the first chance to purchase a favorite piece offered by each artist for this special evening.
  • 2009 Native Treasures Living Treasure award to outstanding Native artist at the Friday night Pre-Sale Gala The gala will also feature the presentation of the Native Treasures Living Treasure Award to Upton Ethelbah, a prominent Santa Clara/White Mountain Apache sculptor. Past honorees have included Robert Tenorio, Mike Bird-Romero, and Connie Tsosie Gaussoin.
  • Delicious food and entertainment by Native and local musicians.

When

Saturday May 23 & Sunday May 24, 2009
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m,$5; Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Free
(Early Bird Market Saturday, 9-10 a.m., $15)
Festival tickets available at entrance.
Tickets are available at the door. Admission on Sunday is free.

Friday, May 22, 6-8 p.m.
Benefit Pre-Sale Gala, offering special pieces selected by each artist.
Attendees will meet the artists and mingle with other collectors.
Hors d"€Ÿoeuvres and wine will be served.
$75. Price includes an Early Bird ticket for Saturday.
Tickets 505-982-6366, ext. 112.

Where

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Info

505-476-1250; www.nativetreasuressantafe.org

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Exhibitions

Native American Picture Books of Change
February 15, 2009 through January 2, 2010
Native American Picture Books of Change—is an exhibition of original works by Hopi, Navajo, Apache, and Pueblo artists who illustrated children's books in the 1920's through today. Based on the book of the same title by Rebecca Benes, the exhibition focuses on illustrations in Native American children"€Ÿs books of the last century. Emerging Indian artists illustrated the stories for Indian students based on Native oral traditions and narratives about everyday Indian life.

A River Apart
October 19, 2008 through June 6, 2010
Two major rivers and their tributaries - the Colorado River and the Rio Grande - have shaped both the landscape and the distribution of indigenous villages. Neighboring New Mexico pueblos on the banks of the northern Rio Grande - just a river apart - the communities of Cochiti and Santo Domingo share a ceramic tradition extending back almost 1,500 years. This permanent collection - A River Apart - preserves these iconic cultural representatives.

Native Couture
December 16, 2007 through February 21, 2010
Santa Fe style represents a state of mind, it is not just jewelry and clothing but a feeling inside, a sense of place and that total belief in the Navajo saying, “Walk in beauty.”

The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery
on long-term display
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.

Here, Now and Always
on long-term display
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.

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