Native American artists will sell their art to the public at the Mitchell Museum’s annual Native Fine Arts Holiday Market on Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3009 Central St.,next door to the museum in Evanston.
Jewelry, pottery, beadwork, dolls, paintings, graphics, prints, moccasins and an array of other items will be available for purchase. Throughout the weekend, artists will demonstrate their technique, speak about their culture and art, and answer visitor questions.
Award-winning artists come from all over the Midwest and as far away as New Mexico. Participating artists include printmaker Gordon Coons (Ojibwe), sketch artist/painter Robert Wapahi (Santee Lakota), beadwork artist Norma Robertson (Dakota), beadwork/jewelry artists Amelia and Darlene Ortiz (Ho-Chunk), jewelry designer Maria Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo), and will be joined by Native art vendors Native Visions and more.
“The Native Fine Arts Holiday Market has become an annual tradition for the museum, and we are excited to offer this unique opportunity for visitors to purchase American Indian art directly from the artists again this year,” said Kathleen McDonald, the museum's executive director. “We are excited to welcome several new artists this year. Additionally, through daily demonstrations, visitors can learn more about the traditions and techniques that go into making each piece from some of the most renowned Native artisans in the Midwest and Southwest.”
The market is sponsored by First Bank and Trust of Evanston, and admission is free. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon to 4 p.m. Artist demonstrations will be held in the museum library, and are free with regular museum admission. More details about the market are available online during the week before the Market.