The Heard Mu­seum Guild In­dian Fair & Mar­ket cel­e­brates 60 years.

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The Heard Mu­seum Guild In­dian Fair & Mar­ket cel­e­brates 60 years.


Af­ter six decades, the Heard Mu­seum Guild In­dian Fair & Mar­ket is an in­sti­tu­tion. With more than 600 artists hail­ing from Maine to Alaska, the event boasts es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists in 10 cat­e­gories of art. Over 10,000 vis­i­tors will flock to the Heard Mu­seum’s cam­pus, mak­ing it the se­cond-largest event of its kind.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the fair, the Heard Mu­seum will again host the “Pre­pare for the Fair” lec­ture series. The theme of this year’s series is “Cel­e­brate Ex­cel­lence,” and each Thurs­day morn­ing in Fe­bru­ary dif­fer­ent Na­tive artists will teach ses­sions at the mu­seum’s Steele Au­di­to­rium, in­clud­ing the Gaus­soin fam­ily; three gen­er­a­tions of the Fol­wells, a fam­ily of Santa Clara pot­ters; in­te­rior de­signer Mary Meinz; and the Pruitt fam­ily.

At the Best of Show re­cep­tion on March 2, the night’s prize has been dou­bled from $5,000 to

$10,000 to cel­e­brate the fair’s 60th an­niver­sary. The night is the first op­por­tu­nity to see the win­ning art and pre­view the fash­ions de­signed for the mu­seum’s cat­walk. “One of my fa­vorite things about the open­ing cer­e­mony is that it’s a true com­ing to­gether,” says Anna Flynn, mar­ket­ing chair for the event. “With the pre­sen­ta­tion of colors, and the bless­ing per­formed by Crys­tal Lit­tleben, Miss Navajo, it’s the first chance ev­ery­one gets to re­con­nect and cel­e­brate.”

With the show celebrating its di­a­mond an­niver­sary, vol­un­teers and staff mem­bers are look­ing back at its ori­gins. “In the early years, guild mem­bers hosted artists in their homes and they did a huge potluck with all the fam­i­lies,” Flynn ex­plains. “Now, hos­pi­tal­ity is still a very big part of our fair. Peo­ple take snacks around and do booth re­lief. We’ve man­aged to keep a close­ness and homi­ness to the event.”

An ex­hibit will ex­plore the event’s long his­tory be­gin­ning in Jan­uary and con­tin­u­ing through March 11. Works from the per­ma­nent collection that was pur­chased at the fair or cre­ated by the honored or award-win­ning artists. The mu­seum will re­main

open dur­ing the fair week­end so that vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the trends and en­dur­ing clas­sics of American In­dian art over the decades.

“I al­ways look for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple who ap­pre­ci­ate Na­tive art, talk­ing about my work, and see­ing all my friends and fam­ily in the beau­ti­ful Heard Mu­seum set­ting,” says par­tic­i­pat­ing artist An­gela Babby. Her booth will dis­play her glass mo­saic Ode to May­nard Dixon among other works.

For­tune Hunt­inghorse cites the Heard mar­ket as one of her fa­vorite events for the year be­cause of the sup­port that comes from ev­ery­one in­volved. “The staff and vol­un­teers are in­cred­i­ble, they make sure that the artists have ev­ery­thing they need from of­fer­ing a din­ner be­fore the mar­ket, a well­sup­ported hos­pi­tal­ity tent and booth cov­er­age for artists that need to step away,” she says. “This mar­ket is big enough to at­tract ma­jor art col­lec­tors, yet small enough to visit cur­rent friends and make new ones.”

The Heard Mu­seum Guild In­dian Fair & Mar­ket opens Satur­day, March 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sun­day, March 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For Heard Mu­seum mem­bers, the fair opens an hour early at 8:30 a.m. on Satur­day.

5. Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), buf­falo ring. Photo by Un­der­ex­posed Stu­dio.

1. Vis­i­tors watch per­for­mances on the Heard Mu­seum lawn.

2. Teri Greeves (Kiowa),

beaded pic­to­rial cuffs.

3. Ken­neth Shirley per­forms at the 2017 fair.

4. Olin Tsingine (Hopi), collection of tufa-cast cuffs

6. Marla Al­li­son (La­guna), Three Deer in Green, acrylic on can­vas, 10 x 10”

7. Ma­teo Romero (Co­chiti), Deer Dancer Series, mixed me­dia on can­vas, 30 x 40"

8. For­tune Hunt­inghorse (Wi­chita), sil­ver and turquoise cuff

9. An­gela Babby (Oglala Sioux), Ode to May­nard Dixon, glass mo­saic on tile board, 20 x 24"

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