Originally Published: July 9, 2015 10:25 a.m.
The Sharlot Hall Museum will be alive with music, dancing and artwork this weekend as the museum hosts the 18th Annual Indian Art Market on Saturday and Sunday, July 11-12. More than 100 artists will display their work on the museum's four-acre campus. Known as one of the premiere events that is focused on Southwest Art, this year's featured artist is Judith Durr-Kull, a member of the Choctaw Nation.
In a news release, Event Director and Curator of Anthropology for the museum, Sandra Lynch, said that the market relies on native artists policing and recognizing extraordinary talent whereas other native art shows rely on academics and collectors as overseers. Lynch herself is a First Nation Indian raised in Navajo country.
"To be able to put 'Indian' on the Prescott Indian Art Market label, all exhibitors must conform to the federal Indian Arts & Crafts Act, which requires membership within a federal or state recognized tribal nation," Lynch said. "That's what genuine means."
And due to the peer-judging, the recognition doesn't stop at the Marketplace. The release states that as word spreads, so does interest in a specific artist, causing more demand to be seen and showcased at Indian art markets.
Artists returning this year include Baje Whitethorne, Rene Begay, Jose Ravael Toledo, Larry Yazzie, Tsosi Taylor, and Gerry Quotskuyva, who was last year's "best of show winner."
A Cherokee artist who has presented work at the Market in the past said that the market helps them see the work of their peers and make connections for their career. "It's not like any other gathering of Indians... nor any other gathering of artists," the artist said. "I've made some phenomenal connections at Indian Art Market."
Some of the art featured includes crafted sculptures, jewelry and paintings, all of which are genuine American Indian, Lynch said.
The 18th Annual Indian Art Market will be at the Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., from 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 11-12. Admission is $10 each day; $8 for museum members; and free to children 15 and younger. Please no pets.