Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heard B4 The Heard 2012: Laguna/Hopi Painter Marla Allison

The Heard Museum Guild's Indian Fair and Market has become my favorite Indian art show.  I think it's because of the beautiful environment in which the show takes place. It also has a slower pace because there is admission, there are fewer artists juried in, and let's face it...Phoenix is a cool and fun town!    Put all my favorite people in one great place, add their art to the mix, and it's a recipe for success.

This year's "Heard Show," as most people refer to the annual art show, which is included in the top three in the World, takes place March 3 and 4.  Collectors should come prepared to attend some other events off-site that are sponsored by the artists themselves.  Think of them as laid back previews to what you will see from the Heard's opening night "Best of Show" gala all the way through to Sunday.

Award-winning Laguna Pueblo artists Marla Allison (Painting), Pat Pruitt (Jewelry) and Chris Pruitt, are known for putting together one of the most fun events leading up to the big weekend. Every year, they host a relaxed show at Halo Piercing and Jewelry located at 10 W. Camelback in Phoenix on the Thursday night prior to the Heard Show weekend (This year Thursday, March 1). Oftentimes, they convince their other top Native American artist friends to stop by Halo to show their work.  You never know who might show up, and there are great beverages available along with catering by Short Leash Hot Dogs.

Since I am unable to attend the 2012 Heard Museum Guild's Indian Fair and Market,  I opted to do an interview with Marla Allison at her Paguate Village studio in a video I call "Heard B4 The Heard," a successor to my popular video series "Heard @ The Heard."  See and hear Marla talk about what people can expect from her work this year and also get more details about the Halo preview show.  Watch the VIDEO HERE!

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