DIS­COV­ERED TREA­SURES

The Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture’s Na­tive Trea­sures Art Mar­ket is now in its 14th year.

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The Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture’s Na­tive Trea­sures Art Mar­ket is now in its 14th year.

Dur­ing Me­mo­rial Day Week­end, the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture’s Na­tive Trea­sures Art Mar­ket re­turns to the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Dur­ing the last 13 years, the event has brought in more than $4 mil­lion for artists, and nearly a mil­lion to fund ex­hibits and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams at the mu­seum.

Event co-chair Ardith Eicher sees the show as a win on mul­ti­ple fronts. Set­tled firmly in be­tween the Heard Guild’s March event and SWAIA’S Au­gust In­dian Mar­ket, it pro­vides an ad­di­tional op­por­tu­nity for artists to sell, as well as serv­ing as a fundraiser for the mu­seum. “Be­cause its done on a smaller scale, it’s also a win for the at­ten­dees,” Eicher adds. “It’s in­ti­mate and re­laxed, and vis­i­tors get a chance to talk to artists and learn how and why they make their art.”

Jew­eler Maria Samora will be hon­ored at the event as the Mu­seum of In­dian Arts and Cul­ture’s 2018 Liv­ing

Trea­sure. The mu­seum will ex­hibit her work in a show ti­tled Maria Samora: A Master of El­e­gance, open­ing April 6.

“Her work has evolved quite a bit, and she brings out a new col­lec­tion each year,” Eicher says, the ex­hi­bi­tion will con­tain about 20 pieces, a range from her early work to to­day, along with im­ages of her at work by her pho­tog­ra­pher-hus­band Kevin Reb­holtz.

“It’s re­ally an honor to be ac­cepted by all the other artists who, over the years, have be­come a com­mu­nity and a fam­ily,” Samora says of the Na­tive Trea­sures Art Mar­ket. “We’re all just kind of push­ing each other, en­cour­ag­ing each other, and it’s em­pow­er­ing to see that.”

Among the other 200 artists par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event are jew­el­ers Keri Ataumbi and Matagi Sorensen; painters No­cona Burgess and Dan Nam­ingha; pot­ter Jody Naranjo; and bas­ket weaver Sally Black. The show is in­vi­ta­tional, and Eicher ex­plains, “Every year we try to bring in 25 to 30 per­cent of peo­ple that are new to the show in or­der to in­crease op­por­tu­nity...we have emerg­ing artists up to es­tab­lished mas­ters, and

tra­di­tional to con­tem­po­rary works.”

Mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment and artist demon­stra­tions will take place through­out the week­end, and new to the event this year is a fash­ion show, which will take place on Satur­day, and a gather­ing of food trucks on Sun­day. Also for the first time this year, both Satur­day and Sun­day will have free ad­mis­sion.

1. Vis­i­tors con­gre­gat­ing at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. 2. Maria Samora (Taos), bracelet 3. Dan Nam­ingha (Te­wa­hopi), Hek­twi Sun­rise, acrylic 4. Sally Black (Navajo), pic­to­rial bas­ket

6. Matagi Sorensen (Yava­pai-apache), bracelet 5. A se­lec­tion of pot­tery by Santa Clara pot­ter Jody Naranjo.

7. Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), bracelet 8. No­cona Burgess (Co­manche), Full Moon Ghost Dog

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