Also, many thanks to Native American Music Awards "Artist of the Year" Gabriel Ayala for performing in the courtyard. If you would like to learn more about Gabriel,
visit his website here.
Here are some photo highlights from the Saturday event:
|NAMA Artist of the Year, Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui)|
|Jesse Monongye (Navajo) talking with a customer|
|Nelson Tsosie (Navajo)|
|Nelson Tsosie (Navajo) with his sculptures in bronze and stone|
|Steve LaRance (Hopi)|
|Steve LaRance (Hopi) with his jewelry|
|Michael Chiago (Tohono O'odham) brought original watercolor paintings and |
autographed his book "Singing Down the Rain" at Books & More
|Johnson Yazzie (Navajo) with some of his paintings|
During the event, Johnson also demonstrated. He chose to work in charcoal on paper and sketch as ideas came to him. This is what he did:
|Just starting with an idea|
|The finished sketch|
Johnson says he sketches very freely and sometimes knows what he wants to create and sometimes just lets his mind wander and draws until something happens to spark an idea. He may use this image as a reference for a future painting but not until the image sparks a story for him to tell, because he says the story in his paintings is the most important part of what inspires him to create.
|Jake Meders (Mechoopda Maidu)|
|Jon DeCelles (Assiniboine/Grovent)|
Check back in for information on our November Indigenous Visions which will coincide with the opening of our new exhibit "Native American Bolo Ties".