Sharlot Hall Museum's Prescott Indian Art Market
Having evolved into one of the premier Indian art markets in the southwest, Sharlot Hall Museum presents its 11th annual event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 12, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13. One hundred Indian artists selected by a Native American artist jury will display and sell traditional and contemporary works, including distinctive jewelry, ceramics, hand-woven baskets and blankets. The artists, who are based primarily in Arizona and New Mexico, represent more than two dozen tribes, including the Apache, Cherokee, Hopi, Navajo, Shoshone and Zuni.
People attending the event will visit with the artists and learn their techniques and processes, observe the making of pottery, stone fetishes, baskets and moccasins, and enjoy Native American singing, dancing, storytelling and music in an outdoor amphitheater. A popular attraction is the mouth-watering fry bread.
The 2008 Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) featured artist is Keith W. Smith, a Navajo from Tuba City. He works in watercolors, acrylics and oils. Smith, 43, has participated in PIAM since its founding in 1998. His painting of a Yei-bi-chai singer was created especially for this year's event.
Corporate sponsors include Talking Rock, Bucky's and Yavapai Casinos and Prescott Resort.
The Sharlot Hall Museum is located at 415 W. Gurley in Prescott, 2 blocks west of courthouse plaza.
Cost is $5 per person; children free; admittance is free with new museum membership.
For more information, call 445-3122, www.sharlot.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.