Native Treasures

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March 27, 2008 

Santa Fe, New Mexico -Collectors, dealers and fans of Native American art have blocked their calendars for Memorial Day Weekend's Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival. Top artists will display and sell their work in the open-air market on the spectacular plaza at Museum Hill.

More than 140 artists from 40 tribes and pueblos will showcase their pottery, jewelry, glass, painting, sculpture, carvings, textiles and other art on Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 2008. This festival will benefit the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. Weaving demonstrations by Toadlena Trading Post, music by William Clark, Ande Marimba Band, Shelley Morningsong Trio and Native Spirit, and delicious food from the Cowgirl BBQ & Western Grill will add to the festive atmosphere.

"We have invited a very strong group of artists, from established masters to the brightest emerging artists, all of whom are producing museum-quality work," says Museum of Indian Arts & Culture director Dr. Shelby Tisdale. "Many of their pieces are in our permanent collection so we really enjoy being able to offer this quality of art for sale.

"We try to ensure that there is a different group of artists each year, so that more artists get the chance to participate and collectors have the fun of finding someone new," Tisdale adds. More than 50 of the artists are new to the show this year.

"Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival is an intimate, fun weekend where buyers meet the artists and are able to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere," says Jane Buchsbaum, Artist Chair for the show. "Purchasing art at Native Treasures-which ranges in price from $25 to $10,000 -is a way for the public to support not only the artists but also the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture."

Last year's Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival raised the majority of the exhibition and education budget for the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, including funds for the Casa Grandes and Pablita Velarde exhibitions and the newly opened Native Couture exhibit. 

Jennifer Marshall