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Southern California?s Largest Native American Art Sale Returns!

The Southwest Museum hosts 14th Annual Intertribal Marketplace

By Yadhira De Leon
Published on LatinoLA: November 3, 2004


Southern California?s Largest Native American Art Sale Returns!


The celebrated Intertribal Marketplace returns to the quaint community of Mt. Washington for its 14th year with over 100 artists selling pottery, metal and nonmetallic jewelry, sculpture, painting, mixed-media, weaving, beadwork, woodcarving, and cultural items. This signature event celebrates the continuing traditions and new innovations of Native artists.

Autry National Center members have the first opportunity to browse and purchase the artistry on Friday, November 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. This free members-only event features an awards ceremony for the Annual Artists? Competition, a catered reception, demonstrations, dance, and music. To RSVP for the members-only reception, please call 323.667.2000, ext. 375. Membership applications will be accepted at the reception and are also available online on the membership page of the Southwest Museum website: www.southwestmuseum.org.

The Marketplace is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 6, and Sunday, November 7. Throughout the weekend, see performances by Native dancers, singers, and musicians; participate in family activities led by museum staff; and enjoy Native food, including gourmet tamales, Indian frybread, Hopi piki, and roasted parched corn.

Admission for Autry National Center members on November 6 and 7 is $4. General admission is $8 for adults, $6 for students and seniors 62 and over, and free for children 6 years of age and under. Take the MTA Gold Line to the Marketplace and receive $2 off admission when you show your ticket stub.

FEATURED ARTISTS

ANDREW REDHORSE ALVAREZ was born in southern New Mexico of Apache/Mayo ancestry. Although the Apaches do not have a traditional jewelry design, Alvarez has spent years developing his own contemporary Apache style. His one-of-a-kind pieces, set in sterling silver or 14- or 18-carat gold, feature Bisbee turquoise, Indian Mountain turquoise, coral, and other precious gemstones. Alvarez?s designs appeal to collectors of fine Native American Indian jewelry as well as contemporary jewelry aficionados.

STAN NATCHEZ lives in a world of two cultures: one is the American society most of us know well, and the other is the culture of his family, his tribe, and his ancestors. When Natchez paints, the interface of these two disparate cultures explodes with a fierce reality. His paintings make strong visual statements in vivid colors and mixed-media such as beads and collages. Natchez?s paintings evoke not only a sense of history but an understanding of today?s realities. He currently lives in Arizona and is of Shoshone/Tataviam ancestry.

RONALD ALBERT CHEE was born in Gallup, New Mexico, and is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. A self-taught artist, Chee believes that his innate talent comes from his parents, who were both traditional Navajo silversmiths. His first works were in pencil and watercolor. Later, he began painting with acrylics, and in 1997 he was introduced to oil-based etching inks and the monotype print-making process. Chee continues to develop his artistic ability as a painter and is constantly searching for new ways to interpret his art.

The Southwest Museum holds one of the nation?s most important museum, library, and archive collections related to the American Indian. In addition, it has extensive holdings of pre-Hispanic, Spanish colonial, Latino, and Western American art and artifacts. For nearly one hundred years it has supported research, publications, exhibitions, and other educational activities to advance the public?s understanding and appreciation of the Americas, with particular emphasis on the western United States and Mesoamerica. The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Drive in Mt. Washington and is easily accessible via the Metro Rail Gold Line, which stops directly across from the museum.

The Southwest Museum and Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month.

About Yadhira De Leon:
The Southwest Museum is located at 234 Museum Drive in Mt. Washington. Take the MTA Gold Line to the Marketplace and receive $2 off admission when you show your ticket stub. http://www.southwestmuseum.org




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