Monday, November 24, 2014

Ornament Marketplace at the Heard

This year's signature ornament is by Alex Sanchez (Navajo)

Decorate your home for the holidays with wonderful Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops during this annual event! Choose from hundreds of ornaments in a variety of art forms for yourself or for unique holiday gifts.

Bring out-of-town friends and family to learn more about Native cultures while you shop. Get a jump-start on holiday shopping while avoiding the chaos of the mall. More than 20 talented Native artists have crafted ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads just for this event. Decorated wreaths, books and gifts made by Native artists will also be available for purchase. All of our ornaments are hand-made and quantities are limited so shop early for the best selection. Most ornaments are priced between $10 and $40.

Every year the Heard Shop commissions one of our artists to create a limited-edition of 20 ornaments in an exclusive design as our signature ornament. Each sterling silver ornament is signed and numbered by the artist and priced at $175 and are available in-store only.

This year’s signature ornament (pictured on the banner) is by Navajo silversmith Alex Sanchez. Sanchez’s work reflects his Southwestern heritage, crafting beautiful contemporary and traditional-style jewelry with petroglyph designs. His work often incorporates the horseshoe shape, which has become his hallmark.

The weekend’s offerings will also feature hand-made nativities by Pueblo and Navajo artists from the southwest and Huichol Indians and Mata Ortiz potters from Mexico.

The market will take place at our downtown Phoenix location and online. Ornaments will be viewable online starting November 28, when the market starts in the stores and will be available through December 25 and while supplies last.

Admission to the Heard Museum Shops is always free – and we never charge sales tax!

We have many wonderful ornaments to choose from. Here is a small sample!

Wintery hogan

Colorful beaded corn by Melanie Sainz (Hochunk)

Folk art flying pigs in every color

Folk art roosting chickens

Grandmother Kachina figure

For the drummer in your family


Hopi rattles- they really rattle!

Dawa (Sun) ornaments in colorful cord

Bundled babies by Linda Duran (Choctaw/Apache)

Hopi maiden by Pearl Joe (Navajo)

Apache doll ornament by Pearl Joe (Navajo)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Special Guests in Shop for Spanish Market!

The Heard Museum Shop is proud to present our special guests for the 2014 Spanish Market!

With art in every price range, Spanish Market offers buyers a wide selection of objects from different Hispanic traditions, including Santos, pottery, embroidery and weaving, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork. Book signings take place in the museum’s Central Courtyard, where the Courtyard CafĂ© will offer a menu of festive and traditional foods.

The shop participates by inviting artists to sell inside the shop. This year those special guests will be: Mata Ortiz potter Lydia Quezada, jewelers Lawrence Baca and Michelle Tapia and Huichol art dealers Jesse Hendry and Judith Anderson.

 Lydia Quezada

Lydia Quezada is the youngest sister of the renowed Juan Quezada of Mata, Ortiz, Chihuahua. Her husband, Rito, is an expert at firing the incredible thin-walled pottery made so famous by Juan Quezada. Lydia Quenzada is credited for innovation in pottery, specifically for her contributions of black-on-black pottery. Quite a bit more rare and much more coveted is her white-clay pottery. The decoration is a signature design for this distinguished potter. It is the mirror image of the black on black designs, but here executed on a white background. Quezada's work has been in featured in many exhibitions all around the country.

Lawrence Baca

Lawrence Baca is a multi-talented, award winning jewelry designer, born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His design inspiration is defined by the strong Hispanic and Native American cultural influences. The common theme in all his work is a combination of Spanish Colonial Ecclesiastical with roots in the earliest phase of Native American old Pawn. Baca’s use of materials range from sterling silver to 24 karat gold. He also uses a wide variety of gems and stones to create one of a kind designs. There is no work like Lawrence Baca’s – the rugged splendor is pure joy, palpable. You simply feel lighter and happier in its presence. Collectors worldwide return to Santa Fe for his new works and people who see it for the first time are mesmerized by the depths of his heartfelt style.

Michelle Tapia

Michelle began making jewelry in 1992 for Denise and Samuel Wallace. Never having any formal art training, but always creative from a young age, she quickly learned silver and goldsmithing, lapidary, and the art of scrimshaw. When the Wallace’s moved to Hawaii, Michelle decided to continue with the small animal line she had already started to create, which she donated to animal organizations auctions in New Mexico. Her line has grew to include small and large devotional pieces called “Relicarios”, which are images of Catholic Saints, and Tibetan Buddhist Deities while studying Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy for 6 years,. “When Cats Dream” are limited edition pieces depict cats dreaming they are Mermaids, Butterflies, Fairies , dragonflies, Native American Princess‘s, Ballerinas etc. She has since added dogs to this line. “Los Muertas Bonitas” is a whimsical line of beautiful girly skulls, sinister and handsome boy skulls with a touch of humor. She also creates many other pieces that are inspired by animals, nature, love, and beauty and makes each of her designs by hand. She only uses fossilized walrus tusk or tagua nut, never elephant ivory, or fresh walrus tusk.

Huichol art from dealers Judith Anderson and Jesse Hendry

A young Huichol artist at work

The Huichol beaded art that is sold in our gift shop and will be shown as a special exhibit in the shop during Spanish Market is the result of a 25 year collaboration between two North Americans and various Huichol artists. Judith and Jesse have for years been supplying Huichol artists with special carvings and 42 colors of Czech glass seed beads that are four sizes smaller than those beads available in Mexico. Their stated goal is to help present a higher quality of Huichol art and to increase the public's appreciation for this beautiful art form thereby creating a broader international market so more Huichol artists can make a living and stay integrated with their native land and culture.

Albert Monreal Quihuis

In addition, Books & More will host Albert Monreal Quihuis, author of Isabella's Treasure and several more children's books, for a book signing both days of the market from 11.30am - 3.00pm. Albert is a Native Arizonan and draws from his Mexican heritage to write books that teach children about traditions, culture and history.

Isabella's Treasure by Albert Monreal Quihuis

The Market is free with a suggested donation of $10, which includes museum admission.

Event Details

Dates: November 8 – 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Heard Museum, downtown Phoenix