Thursday, August 22, 2013

"Collecting Memories...Not Just Art" Recap of 2013 SWAIA Indian Market

Well, 2013 SWAIA Indian Market Week is over.  It's easy for me to get sad and go into withdrawal because I miss my artist friends already.  That's okay because I know I will see them all soon enough and have the opportunity to attend parties with them, give and receive hugs,and see some of the best fine art around. I'm also looking forward to getting to know all the new friends just a little bit better the next time around.
Painting by Jodi Webster
Photo: The Artist

Bronze sculpture by Holly Wilson
Photo: Paul Niemi

For me, one of the standout artists this year was Jodi Webster, a master self-taught Ho-Chunk/Potawatomi artist working mostly in graphite.  It was her first Santa Fe Indian Market.  She's easy-going, down-to-earth and bursting with talent that isn't limited by one style.  In addition to my ongoing love affair with the brilliant and thoughtfully commentative basketry of contemporary Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn, I am adding the bronze sculpture and mixed media work of Delaware/Cherokee Holly Wilson to my all-time fave list.  Mixing traditional Native lore with children, masks and the slightly odd, her work is exciting, out of the ordinary, and seems to be setting the Native art world on fire. This, too,  was her first SWAIA Indian Market.  She also had an additional opening at Blue Rain Gallery near the Santa Fe Plaza, so I have no doubt the New Mexico skies will see her star rise very soon.  I also enjoyed seeing the colorful and abstract paintings by Patrick Dean Hubbell of the Diné Nation (Navajo).
Shan Goshorn and her award-winning
Cherokee basketry woven from paper splints with
archival quality printed images

One of the beautiful art-filled
rooms at
Lone Dog Noisecat
If you have the opportunity, be sure to stop by Ed Archie Noisecat's new gallery Lone Dog Noisecat just off Canyon Road.  He offers work by Northwest Coast artist, Inuit sculptures, paintings by some of Santa Fe's "cool" royalty, in addition to his own pieces. There's lots to see, and I think it is one of the best contemporary Native galleries in the City Different.

From tunes by Shelley Morningsong and dancing by Fabian Fontenelle to poetry readings by Laguna Pueblo potter and poet Max Early, to fashions by Orlando Dugi, Dorothy Grant, and Penny Singer , there were so many special things to see, hear and experience this year at Santa Fe Indian Market.

Stormtrooper hand-beaded cuff by Diné artist Craig Kelly

Here is my compilation video of moving and still images from the 2013 SWAIA Indian Market.  It was truly an amazing time.  While I collected some art, I collected even more friendships. I look forward to watching them grow!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Holly Wilson's work is wonderful and enchanting. Yes, she is a rising star. Watch her glow!