View and purchase handcrafted works from more than 90 acclaimed Native American artists at the 25th annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, at Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott.
The two-day celebration of Native American culture will feature visual arts, performances, artwork demonstrations, community art experiences and fry bread. The show is considered one of the most vigorously juried shows in the nation. The event will be held on the museum grounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
“Our museum staff is excited for guests to experience the works of more than 90 juried artists who are bringing their finest pieces to this year’s show,” said Paul Fees, spokesperson for the Sharlot Hall Museum. “Everything from oil paintings and beadwork to pottery and weaving will be on display, with beautiful, one-of-a-kind items available for purchase.”
All artwork follows guidelines established by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990, assuring the objects are authentically Native American-made and handmade for the Prescott Indian Art Market. The jury is made up of representatives from several tribes, who serve as an advisory council in the planning and execution of the market, a news release stated.
In addition to the artwork, music and dance entertainment will be provided by Yellow Bird Productions, Red Mountain Creations and Tha Yoties. Music and cultural performances will be presented throughout the weekend.
Prescott offers an ideal central location to host this event. “This event celebrates the art forms and cultures of Native American tribes throughout the U.S.,” said Ginny Bengston, coordinator of Prescott Indian Art Market. “Many of these artists and their families have attended for years and we look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests.”
This year’s featured artist is Patrick G. Smith, a Navajo jewelry maker known for his stunning silverwork and eye-catching contemporary designs. Smith uses a variety of metal forming techniques and adds vibrant color with natural stone lapidary work.
Entry is through The Depot entrance. Daily admission is free for museum members and $15 for non-members. Anyone who becomes a member through Sept. 17, can enjoy free admission. Memberships can be purchased at the event. Annual museum memberships start at $50. For information, call 928-445-3122, or visit the museum’s admissions department. Learn more at www.sharlothallmuseum.org/membership.
Information provided by Sharlot Hall Museum.