2004: The Indian Art Market
Sunday concluded Santa Fe's Indian Market weekend. Before, during,
and after this event, the city of Santa Fe experiences their
highest volume of visitors. The market is the city's biggest
event, and the state's largest cultural event. For anyone who
has never been, it's a sight to behold! Whether you're after
a $20 trinket or a $20,000 masterpiece, Santa Fe's Indian Market
brings it all together for the world's largest and most successful
Native American art show.
one event has become the catalyst for the Indian Art market in
general, and for many artists (as well as dealers), the market
will bring them a major portion of their yearly revenue. It truly
becomes a "make it or break it" scenario.
always excited about Market time because we get to see the artists
working busily on their blue-ribbon hopefuls. Only a handful
will win the award, but every piece represents the best of the
best. At Hopi, both potters and carvers alike are hush-hush for
weeks before the show, working on their juried pieces and hoping
for good weather for firing, or for the wood to hold up under
the knife. Surprisingly, we didn't see any Hopi baskets at the
preview night this year. We plan to change that. If you haven't
noticed the work of Elene Atokuku (an employee of the gallery),
she is is the odds on favorite for the next award-winning basketry
coming from Hopi. She represents a younger and more innovative
generation of Hopi basket weavers and is very capable of producing
singular works in yucca.
Market also allows us to see old friends and renew old acquaintences
- both artists as well as dealers. In some instances, this is
the only time we'll see a particular artist - especially those
who are well established and whose work is in high demand. Loren
Phillips is a good example of this type of situation. Although
he only lives a short drive away, we almost never see him except
for during the market, and usually then he's already sold out!
We were lucky this time to not only catch up with Loren while
he still had work available, but we landed his "First Place"
Ogre kachina - representing an original work by a master. His
career began with McGee's and later escalated after a series
of shows and awards, and eventually interviews with NBC Nightly
News and Tom Brokaw. Later USA Today spotlighted Loren, and the
rest, as they say, is history.
carvers like Arthur Holmes Jr. have literally carved a niche
for themselves by working closely with galleries and private
collectors right from the start. These artists find it difficult
to have time to prepare anything for the market because of high
demand and a busy schedule. Still they are on the forefront of
the collector market and blazing new trails with exciting works
of art. We're delighted to showcase a new piece by Arthur for
the first time in many years!
the Indian Art Market has evolved into an atmosphere of co-operation
versus competition, and business owners who understand this have
responded accordingly. We find the most satisfying aspects of
what we do come from the relationships we've built - both with
artists and collectors. We're proud to support the ambitious
goals of our artists and we're excited about the innovative new
work continually on the horizon. We strive to both preserve and
promote the unique cultural heritage of our Southwestern neighbors
hope you'll join us for our own gathering of artists and
collectors in October. We'll be having another "Evening
with the Artists" the night before the Hopi Tuhisma Show.
We expect a handful of the more exclusive Hopi artists to be
present. Last year, these included Rainy Naha, Steve Lucas, Bo
Lomahquahu, Watson Honanie, Jason Takala, and others. We'll be
enjoying good food and great company, so be sure to include us
in your plans for this Fall. Our open house will be Friday night,
October 8th, from 6pm to 8pm. If you would like to know more,
us an email,
or call toll free: 1.800.854.1359
the vast majority of the Hopi people (as well as Natives throughout
the Southwest) relying upon arts and crafts as some means of
making a living, we hope that interest in the art, history, and
culture of these great people will continue to flourish. Come
and visit the mesas, attend a show, have your own experience
- and let it become a part of you!
The Permanent Rezident