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Artists, performers offer taste of culture at Art Market<BR>

Artists and art lovers can meet once again during the sixth annual Prescott Indian Art Market, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13 in the shaded gardens of the Sharlot Hall Museum.

The museum hosts the event, which features Native American artistry.

Based on previous successful events, the market has grown, in reputation and quality, into one of the premier Indian art markets in the Southwest.

This year visitors, whether newcomers to the world of Indian art or seasoned collectors, may enjoy a diverse collection of items.

The event will offer distinctive jewelry, ceramics, hand-woven baskets or blankets, and traditional and contemporary works of art.

The Indian Artists' Advisory Council screens all of the artists and exhibitors who participate on the basis of the quality of their work, as well as verification of tribal affiliation.

Many of the exhibitors have been featured artists at major shows around the country and have captured prestigious awards at events such as the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, and other shows of similar stature.

Featured artists for the 2003 Prescott event include Buddy Tubinaghtewa, an award-winning Hopi Katsina carver and painter whose work has been on display at the Heard Museum and the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Also headlining the show this year are painters Amado Pena, Maurus Chino, Jose Toledo and Baje Whitehorne Sr.

The sculpture category will include the works of Larry Yazzie, Jim Jackson, Evelyn Fredericks and Tim Washburn.

Silversmith artisans also will offer jewelry and unusual steel furniture.

The intimate setting of the market allows visitors the opportunity to visit with the artists in their booth and learn of the techniques and processes involved in creating the art.

The event lends itself also to the chance for visitors to buy directly from the artists.

More than a dozen demonstrators will offer glimpses into the unique cultures of Indian America including the craft of weaving, Katsina carving, silversmithing, pottery, pipes, baskets, piki bread and moccasin design.

Visitors also may enjoy performances by Native American dancers, singers, and musicians throughout the weekend.

The Hopi Senom Dance Group, under the leadership of Forrest Chimerica, is a group of adults and youth who bring songs and dances from atop the high mesas of Hopiland.

The Prescott Indian Art Market hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to the market is $5 for non-members, $3 for members. Children get in free. No pets please.

Sharlot Hall Museum is in the heart of downtown Prescott, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza, 415 W. Gurley St.

For information, call 445-3122; or visit the museum's Web site at www.sharlot.org.

The Talking Rock master-planned community, A.G. Edwards and Bucky's and Yavapai casinos sponsor the event.