Monday, October 24, 2011

Weaver's Market is November 5

Handwoven Navajo rugs from last year's market

The Heard Museum Shop Weaver's Market is Saturday November 5 from 10am- 4pm at the main museum in downtown Phoenix.  Over 50 weaver's are signed up to attend.  This is a unique opportunity for the public to meet and purchase directly from these talented artists. Admission is free to the market!

 Also at the Market:
Guest speakers Ann Hedlund, Bill Malone and Paul Berkowitz!

Ann Hedlund is the author of several books on weaving and will speak on Navajo weaving, past and present at 11am. Bill Malone and Paul Berkowitz will follow at noon:

The Case of the Indian Trader: Billy Malone and the National Park Service Investigation at Hubbell
Trading Post

By Paul D. Berkowitz

Paperback: $24.95
Hardcover: $34.95 (limited quantities available)

Anyone who thinks of the National Park Service as all Smoky the Bear, friendly park rangers and beautiful landscapes needs to read this book!

This is the compelling story of Billy Malone, an old-time Indian trader who has spent the better part of his life on the Navajo Reservation, including 18 years running historic Hubbell Trading Post at Ganado, Arizona. Hired by the National Park Service and Western National Parks Association to run Hubbell as a functioning trading post and not as an historical relic, Malone was astonished to find himself the target of an intensive investigation of his business practices as he attempted to do exactly that! His reputation and personal life were very nearly ruined by the investigation and the “dark side” of the National Park Service became all too apparent.

Both Bill Malone and Paul Berkowitz, the Park Service investigator (and author of the book) who became convinced of Bill’s innocence will be here on Saturday, November 5th during the Heard’s Navajo Weavers’ Marketplace. Bill and Paul will speak at noon in Steele Auditorium, discussing exactly what happened. A book signing will follow outside Books & More.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Indigenous Visions!

The first Indigenous Visions event at the Heard Museum Shops was a tremendous success!  Many thanks to the artists; Steve LaRance, Nelson Tsosie, Johnson Yazzie, Michael Chiago, Jake Meders, Jon DeCelles and Jesse Monongye, who came and shared their talent with us! 

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

In process


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)
All of our artists brought amazing work to show and sell and we all had a great time!

Check back in for information on our November Indigenous Visions which will coincide with the opening of our new exhibit "Native American Bolo Ties".

Friday, October 7, 2011

Heard Museum Shop Fall Sale!

The Heard Museum Shops is having our annual Fall Sale!

Sale Dates: October 14-16

Members save 20%  and non-members save 10% on all non-consignment and non-sale items.

Shop for museum-quality jewelry, pottery, textiles, Katsinas, folk art and more!
The sale runs Friday October 14 through Sunday October 16 at our downtown store, Heard North and online at Location addresses and hours are in the sidebar at right.

In conjunction with the sale, Indigenous Visions launches on Saturday!

Monday, October 3, 2011

New Event! Indigenous Visions

L-R: Michael Chiago, Jacob Meders, Jesse Monongye, Johnson Yazzie

The Heard Museum Shop is delighted to host a new artist's series called Indigenous Visions.

The Heard Museum Shop is offering fans of Native art a monthly series where they can meet and talk with some of Indian Country’s most acclaimed artists in a casual setting. Indigenous Visions will debut on Saturday, October 15 with a day of art, music, books and Café specials!

On the third Saturday of each month, October through April, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., artists will be in the Shop and the Berlin Gallery to show their work and talk with visitors about their inspiration and vision. In addition, Books & More will host book signings, Native musicians will provide music in the Central Courtyard, and the Courtyard Café will offer special menu items.

The inaugural Indigenous Visions  is on Saturday, October 15 from 10am- 2pm.

Scheduled to appear are: jewelers Steve LaRance and Marian Denipah, sculptor Nelson Tsosie and painter Johnson Yazzie in the Shop and Jacob Meders in the Berlin Gallery.  Michael Chiago will be signing copies of his book "Singing Down the Rain" in Books & More and 2011 Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year, Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui), will be serenading visitors in the Central Courtyard. In addition, sculptor Jon DeCelles will be featured at the Heard North Shop!

Mark your calendars!