Jewelry, pottery, paintings and other works by regional American Indian artists will be on display and for sale at the sixth annual Indian Art Market this weekend at the Natural History Museum of Utah.
“Rarely do buyers get to meet face-to-face with a native artist, or hear the stories and inspiration behind a specific creation," market organizer Suzanne Ruhlman, the manager of the museum’s store, said in a news release. "We love that this event connects artists to buyers through their shared enthusiasm and appreciation of indigenous art.”
The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the museum’s Canyon area and is free to attend. Shoppers who want to visit the rest of the museum must pay regular admission fees.
A panel of experts selects the award winners from the show.
Returning artists and those applying to the show for the first time present an original work to the panel. Artists speak about the inspiration, creation and design behind the piece before judges deliberate and present each year’s awards, the release said.
Artists keep all of the proceeds from sales.
Last year’s winners, Jesse Johnson, Pahponee and Nelson Begay, will return this year. Johnson won best of show with his sculptures of corn maidens in Zuni petite point, a detail-oriented form of metal work. Each maiden could also be worn as a necklace.
New artists include Northern Arapaho artist Robert Martinez, whose drawings and paintings have been shown from Wyoming to the halls of Congress; Navajo artist Morris Muskett, an award-winning weaver, silversmith and civil engineer from Church Rock; and New Mexico potter Carlos Laate, who draws on ancient patterns and his Zuni Pueblo roots for design and inspiration, the release said.
Correction: Oct. 11, 4:25 p.m.: The story has been updated to say artists keep all proceeds from sales. An earlier version incorrectly described how proceeds were distributed, based on incorrect information provided to The Tribune.