The Fifth Annual Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Winter Market showcased one hundred and thirty brilliant artists. If you've never experienced either the summer or winter SWAIA market you're in for a lovely visual treat. The artists are always gracious; happy to share their process and their passion. I thank them for their generosity and their soaring talent.
Melissa Lewis-Barnes is a Navajo designer & hat maker.
Words are unnecessary... Gallery - 970.375.2708
Artist Grant W. Jonathan's beautiful Tuscarora Raised Beadwork Designs are inspired by the beadwork of generations past.
Magnificent Pots by Artist, Robert Patricio - Acoma Pueblo
Artist, JT Willie - Gallup, New Mexico
Burnished Sterling Silver & Beading
Primitive Fired Pottery - The color of smoke - created by Pahponee of the Kickapoo/Potawatomi Nation
Intricate traditional & contemporary Jewelry created by Ivan J. Howard
I couldn't resist this face! Master Navajo Silversmith - Orville Tsinnie
Jemez Pueblo artist, Teri Cajero hand painting a diminutive friendship pot.
Half Irish - half Native American - Sean "Rising Sun" Flanagan of the Wahleah's Taos Pueblo, makes simply beautiful drums from deer, elk and buffalo hides. How do they sound? Haunting and heart stopping.
Who knew that Yucca could be so ethereal and malleable.
But, in the deft hands of Zuni basket weaver Rebeca Lasiloo, Yucca is split, dyed and woven into delicately-patterned baskets. See her work at the A:shiwi A:wan Museum & Heritage Center
American Indian Artist - Debra K. Box - created this amazing beaded Tea Cozy
Hopi Woodcarver, Stetson Honyumptewa, works with cottonwood and an electric drill and the end result are sculptures that look as if they've just emerged from an ancient Forest.
And Navajo artist,Sheldon Harvey, carves colorful, feathered creatures.
And a bit of Wimsey by artist Rhett Lynch.
Who brought his computer so that you could see more of his work.