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Brief: Indian art market opens at Sharlot Hall next weekend

The 10th annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) will be on the tree-shaded grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum on July 14 and 15. The Museum's flower-lined walkways and commerorative rose garden provide an inviting backdrop for the impressive display of Indian art.

The market features both traditional and contemporary works of art, including distinctive jewelry, exquisite ceramics, hand-woven baskets and blankets. PIAM has grown in reputation and quality into one of the premier Indian Art Markets offered in the Southwest. An all-Indian artist jury

chooses participants on the basis of quality in both traditional and contemporary styles. This year's featured artist is Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally, from Shonto, Ariz., on the western Navajo reservation. Liz's artwork celebrates family, and she has become a famous folk artist, turning barn wood and gourds into fine art.

Visit with the artists in their booths and learn of the techniques and processes involved in creating

their work. Stroll among demonstrators of American Indian weaving, Katsina carving and silversmithing. Observe the making of pottery, stone fetishes, baskets and moccasins. Entertainment is provided throughout the weekend in the outdoor amphitheater by Native American dancers, singers and musicians. A popular highlight is the mouthwatering Navajo Fry Bread.

The Prescott Indian Art Market is scheduled for July 14 and 15. Hours are

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the market is $5 per person; children free. Admittance is free with new museum memberships. The Sharlot Hall Museum is located in the heart of downtown Prescott, two blocks west of the courthouse plaza at 415 W. Gurley St. For information call 445-3122 or visit the Museum's Web site at www.sharlot.org.