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The an­nual Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show | Marin was met with strong crowds and new col­lec­tors.

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The an­nual Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show | Marin was met with strong crowds and new col­lec­tors.

Pres­i­dent’s Day week­end, col­lec­tors of Na­tive Amer­i­can art showed up in droves to the Marin Civic Cen­ter in San Rafael, Cal­i­for­nia, for the 34th an­nual Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show | Marin. The show was met with en­thu­si­asm as ea­ger buy­ers turned out to pur­chase bas­kets, jewelry, kastina dolls and more. Kim Martin­dale, pro­ducer of the show, says, “There was an ex­cite­ment this year, as there were sales hap­pen­ing and in many cases to new buy­ers.”

Steve Beg­ner, owner of Turkey Moun­tain Traders, re­ported sim­i­lar find­ings as Martin­dale. “The show was a good one for us, with sales to both new and es­tab­lished clients,” he shares. “Most of our sales were jewelry, in­clud­ing a ma­jor Charles Loloma piece and an ex­tra­or­di­nary 19th-cen­tury Navajo neck­lace.”

Many col­lec­tors vis­ited the Buf­falo Barry’s In­dian Art booth for their fix of Hopi kastina carv­ings, of which dealer Barry Walsh sold 12, in­clud­ing sev­eral fine old ex­am­ples. Jewelry he had avail­able was also of note, with at­ten­dees pur­chas­ing neck­laces, bracelets and pins. “The Marin show has an in­ti­mate feel, which I en­joy,” Walsh says. “It of­ten feels like a re­union of fel­low deal­ers and long­time cus­tomers.”

Ac­cord­ing to Vic­to­ria Roberts of Cow­boys & In­di­ans An­tiques, “The show had a good crowd on Satur­day. We met new cus­tomers and some younger, so we were happy about that.” While jewelry was the top seller in their booth through­out the week­end, the Santo Domingo kilt that was fea­tured in the pre­view on the show in the Fe­bru­ary/march is­sue of Na­tive Amer­i­can Art mag­a­zine also found a new home.

Each year more than 100 deal­ers gather for the show, with the mile­stone 35th an­nual out­ing sched­uled for mid-fe­bru­ary 2019.

1. 2. Col­lec­tors visit some of the dealer booths dur­ing the 2018 Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show | Marin. Na­tive Amer­i­can art en­thu­si­asts dis­cuss works at the KR Martin­dale Gallery booth.

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