From the Di­rec­tor

Native American Art - - IN THIS ISSUE -

Hello and wel­come to Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket 2018! Our 97th year will be one for the books. We have worked hard to bring you the ex­cite­ment of In­dian Mar­ket you’ve come to ex­pect. As the new Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, I can tell you that the process to get here is both over­whelm­ing and very re­ward­ing. My dili­gent staff and our vol­un­teers put many hours of work pre­par­ing and mak­ing sure ev­ery de­tail is worked out for you, our visi­tors and col­lec­tors, to have the ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time.

My role in the Na­tive arts in­dus­try and many years work­ing di­rectly with artists have been in­cred­i­bly ful­fill­ing to me per­son­ally. With 26 years at the In­dian Pue­blo Cul­tural Cen­ter in Al­bu­querque, I had the chance to meet found­ing fam­i­lies, learn their pro­cesses for pro­duc­ing mas­ter­pieces of art, and cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to sell their wares. My ex­pe­ri­ence there af­forded me a unique chance to spread my wings and serve the Na­tive art com­mu­nity. My ca­reer has been quite an ad­ven­ture and now it has brought me here to SWAIA. It truly is an amaz­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion! The heart of the staff and the cel­e­bra­tion of Na­tive cul­ture are things I’m proud to be part of. I hope to bring some­thing new to the ta­ble, not only to en­sure In­dian Mar­ket’s fu­ture but also show­case new and ex­cit­ing av­enues as Na­tive art as­cends to new heights ev­ery year.

Na­tive art is truly the heart­beat of the South­west. It is a way of life for many, and I un­der­stand the work it takes to be suc­cess­ful. I have seen first­hand the re­wards and chal­lenges of be­ing a work­ing artist. My father was a painter, and many days he left home early to sell his work, only to re­turn with the very pieces he left with. Other days he came home with­out any paint­ings, which meant we could pay the bills and maybe even en­joy a small treat. My grand­mother was a weaver, and I learned about my cul­ture from her while she ex­plained the sym­bols in rugs she cre­ated. They go hand in hand and there is beauty in ev­ery­thing. Na­tive cul­ture is art, art is Na­tive cul­ture. What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate both than at Santa Fe In­dian Mar­ket? I look for­ward to see­ing all of you there!

Best Wishes, Ira Wil­son, SWAIA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

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