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Sharlot Hall presents popular native art event

COURTESY PHOTO --- 
Flute player Alex Maldonado performs with his daughter Melissa.

COURTESY PHOTO --- Flute player Alex Maldonado performs with his daughter Melissa.

PRESCOTT - What started as a community event is now recognized as a premier American Indian art show in the Southwest. The 10th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market will feature about 120 artists presenting traditional and contemporary native artwork in a variety of mediums.

Event coordinator Sandy Lynch, who is also Sharlot Hall's curator of anthropology, said the event premiered in 1998 with about 48 artists at the whim of the museum's director of the time.

Lynch said in the show's beginnings, the museum designated her to coordinate the event because of her previous experience selling at American Indian art shows.

"Lucky for me, I had some good friends from all the years I used to haul my Uncle Rex Pooyouma's moccasins around (from show to show)," she recalled.

"That's how I knew people, sort of brother-to-brother, elbowto- elbow. So, down the road, when they said, 'gee, you get to do a show,' I started calling in my markers," she said. "Now, my relatives can't even get in the show because they're getting beat out by these legendary artists," she added.

Lynch said the show grabbed the interests of major artists sometime around the fourth year, mostly because of the way the museum organized the show.

"Basically, a bunch of Indian artists took their time to say what kind of show we want to have. They set the ground rules, and to this day they still call the shots," she added.

Jewelers showing at the event

include Patty Fawn from Washington state, Navajo artist Allison Lee, Hopi Laguna-Pueblo artist Duane Maktima, and Navajo jeweler Benson Manygoats.

Four Navajo rug weavers scheduled are Rena Begay, Florence Manygoats, Florence Riggs, and Nanabah Aragon.

Each artist produces rugs representative of a particular style of Navajo weaving, Lynch said.

Lynch said presenting artist Alice Cling is a potter considered "legendary" among those familiar with Navajo pottery, scheduled for the show along with Jemez-Pueblo artist Alvina Yepa, and Mary Lou Kokaly.

Artists presenting two-dimensional works at the market include Jessie Hummingbird, an internationally known Cherokee artist, and anime- and futuristicinspired artist Ryan Huna Smith.

Painter Randy Keetah, a two-time people's choice winner, returns this year.

Hopi artist Evelyn Fredericks, Jemez-Pueblo artist Joe Cajero, and Adrian Wall, a Jemez-Pueblo are three presenting sculptors.

Choctaw artist David Morris and Yaqui sculptor Desert Littlebear are two artists presenting rock art, a technique dating back 9,000 years, Lynch said.

Some artists are scheduled to demonstrate their technique.

Performers including wind instrument specialist Alex Maldonado with his daughter and are scheduled in the amphitheater for the duration of the event.

This event begins on Saturday, July 14, at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. On Sunday, July 15, the event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. at the Sharlot Hall Museum.