Ad­mir­ing An­tiques

The Great South­west­ern An­tique Show cel­e­brates 20 years run­ning, in­clud­ing a spe­cial ex­hibit show­ing women’s at­tire from the New Mex­ico fron­tier days.

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The 20th year of the Great South­west­ern An­tique Show will be held from Au­gust 4 to 5 at the Manuel Lu­jan Jr. Ex­hibit Com­plex on the New Mex­ico State Fair­grounds, with a sneak peek fundraiser on Au­gust 3 from 1 to 6 p.m. One of the largest South­west shows and sales of its kind, the Great South­west­ern An­tique Show cel­e­brates two decades run­ning, fea­tur­ing unique, historic works from more than 150 na­tional deal­ers. Items avail­able to browse in­clude var­i­ous fur­nish­ings, Na­tive Amer­i­can ar­ti­facts, cow­boy and Old West an­tiques, Navajo rugs, jew­elry, pot­tery, li­nens, ethno­graphic art and much more.

In ad­di­tion to the gen­eral show, a spe­cial ex­hibit ti­tled Fash­ion­istas of the Fron­tera dives into the fash­ion and styles worn by women in New Mex­ico at the turn of the 19th cen­tury. The ex­hibit will show­case tra­di­tional out­fits rep­re­sent­ing Navajo, Pue­blo and Apache women in New Mex­ico, as well as tra­di­tional

Mex­i­can at­tire.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to be cel­e­brat­ing the 20th an­niver­sary of the Great South­west­ern An­tique Show. Terry [owner of Cow­boys and In­di­ans An­tiques] and I put a lot of love and hard work into it over the years, and we con­tinue hear from both col­lec­tors and deal­ers that it’s their fa­vorite show, which makes it ever more re­ward­ing,” says show man­ager Vic­to­ria Roberts. Roberts adds she is re­ally look­ing for­ward to this year’s Fash­ion­istas of the Fron­tera ex­hibit. “It seems timely to be putting a fo­cus on women, who are an im­por­tant part of New Mex­ico’s his­tory,” she says.

“I have par­tic­i­pated in the Great South­west­ern An­tique Show since its ori­gin 20 years ago. In fact, my booth was No. 1, and I look for­ward to ex­hibit­ing at the 2018 Great South­west­ern An­tique Show,” says Alan Kessler, owner of Alan Kessler Gallery. The gallery will be bring­ing a num­ber of katsina dolls, Plains bead­work, South­west­ern jew­elry, cow­boy-re­lated ma­te­rial and var­i­ous other an­tiques to the 2018 show.

Western Trad­ing Post will ex­hibit a large se­lec­tion of jew­elry, bas­kets, rugs and Amer­i­cana and Western col­lectibles to this year’s show, in­clud­ing a bracelet and concho belt, which both have Lan­der Blue turquoise, ac­cord­ing to Western Trad­ing Post owner Jim Ol­son. “We look for­ward to the Great South­west­ern Show each year. It is al­ways an ac­tive show for trade,” says Ol­son.

Bar­bara Miles, co-owner of Miles and Miles Trad­ing Com­pany along with hus­band, Ken, says she is ex­cited to cel­e­brate the Great South­west­ern An­tique Show’s

20th an­niver­sary. Miles and Miles Trad­ing Com­pany brings to the show a va­ri­ety of Na­tive Amer­i­can jew­elry and ar­ti­facts.

Man­i­tou Gal­leries has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the show for al­most 40 years, ac­cord­ing to gallery owner Bob Nel­son. “It is not only a great show in it­self, but it serves as the stim­u­lus for the rest of Au­gust in New Mex­ico, which is a col­lec­tor’s dream come true with the many shows and events,” says Nel­son.

All pro­ceeds from the pre­view fundraiser on Au­gust 3 will sup­port New Mex­ico PBS arts pro­gram­ming.

2. Vin­tage sil­ver and turquoise Navajo and Zuni bracelets, 1930-50. Cour­tesy Vic­to­ria Roberts and Terry Schurmeier.

1. Taos beaded fringed dress that will be on view in Fash­ion­istas of the Fron­tera. Col­lec­tion of Jan Dug­gan.

3. Wil­son Tawaquaptewa(Hopi, 1871-1960), unique matched set of three katsina dolls, 1930s. Cour­tesy Buf­falo Barry’s In­dian Art.4. Lan­der Blue turquoise bracelet. Cour­tesy Western Trad­ing Post.

5. Har­ley Brown, Chief, pas­tel, 20 x 16". Cour­tesy Man­i­tou Gal­leries. 6. From top, two Navajo turquoise cuffs and a hall­marked hand­made Hopi cuff. Cour­tesy Miles and Miles Trad­ing Com­pany.7. Hopi Sio Sha­lako Katsina Doll, ca. 1890, cot­ton­wood, 8¾ x 4" with horns 8" apart at tip. Cour­tesy Alan Kessler Gallery.8. The Historic Toadlena Trad­ing Post booth in 2017.

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