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Turquoise Family Day at Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning Exhibition closing program

1:00 pm through 4:00 pm

Dr. N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa) lecture at 2:00 pm

Kids’ turquoise art activities including:Block printing with Alex Pena (Oklahoma Comanche); mosaic shell jewelry with Teresita Crespin (Santo Domingo Pueblo); mural painting on the plaza.  Featuring a touchable turquoise station. Family-friendly turquoise exhibit tours and free turquoise sno-cones! As always New Mexico residents are free on Sundays.


FRIDAY, MAY 27 through SUNDAY, MAY 29

NATIVE TREASURES: Indian Arts Festival

Memorial Day Weekend, May 27 - 29

Join us for the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s 12th Annual Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale. Over 200 Native American artists participate - each of whom is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture - to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are represented in the Museum’s permanent collection.

Participating artists represent a wide range of tribes and pueblos, as well as a variety of art forms, from traditional to contemporary. In addition to established artists, we have an Emerging Artist section to showcase new talent.

Native Treasures is a benefit for the museum. Sponsorships, event ticket sales and a portion of artists’ sales support the museum’s exhibitions and educational programs through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, the museum’s fiscal agent and private partner. Please join us and support your favorite artists and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at the same time!

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, NM

Friday, May 27, 2016

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Early Bird Admission: 9am - 10am; $25

  • General Admission: 10am - 5pm; $10

  • All tickets available at entrance

Sunday, May 29, 2016

  • Free General Admission; 10am - 5pm

Visit for more details and up-to-date artist list.


From Bar to Bench

Friends of Indian Art

David McElroy is a Santa Fe-based silversmith and member of the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma. After practicing law for nearly two decades in a variety of fields, including criminal, Federal Indian, tribal and international corporate law, David gave up his legal career to move to Santa Fe and pursue art. Now working as a silversmith, he has traded life in the courtroom for life in the studio, making jewelry and other items in sterling, fine silver and gold, with a focus on hand-chasing and repoussé designs. David will talk about his career in Indian law as well as his transition to life as an artist.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


A Visit to the Home of Dr. Leticia Chambers

Friends of Indian Art

Dr. Chambers will welcome us to her beautiful home where she will lead a tour of her eclectic collection of contemporary sculpture and paintings. She will also speak about the role of the arts in sustaining and advancing American Indian cultures as well as her philosophy on the art of collecting. Dr. Chambers, a long time collector of American Indian art, is one of the founders and Chairman of the Board of the National Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums, which has had a major influence in boosting professionalism in the field. She is also a former CEO of the Heard Museum.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


John Andrews: Making Sure No Wool Was Pulled Over His Eyes

Friends of Indian Art

John Andrews, owner of Native Jackets, will speak to us about the development of his business which began on the web in 1998 selling Indian blanket jackets. After meeting Mark Winter of Toadlena Trading Post, he saw that he could trust his eye and started investing more in Navajo rugs, Pueblo pottery, and Native baskets. Now native art sales exceed the jacket sales, and have for several years. John will show us beautiful tapestry weavings made by living master weavers, antique treasures, and Pendleton blankets.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.


New Jewelry Galleries at the Wheelwright Museum

Friends of Indian Art

On June 7, 2015, the Wheelwright opened the Jim and Lauris Phillips Center for the Study of Southwestern Jewelry. Please join us for a docent tour of the Martha Struever Gallery where work on display includes the Anderman/Gallegos collection of New Mexican filigree; jewelry and hollowware by masters including Kenneth Begay, Morris Robinson, Lewis Lomay, and Charles Loloma; and contemporary work by Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird, Norbert Peshlaki, Perry Shorty, and many others.

Not a FIA member? Join by calling 505-982-6366 ext. 100.