The most exciting auction for Indigenous art collectors and the biggest fundraiser for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) returns with a gala evening on Saturday, August 21 at La Fonda on the Plaza. The gala begins at 5 p.m. with a silent auction at a reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, followed at 7 p.m. by a gourmet meal and a live auction. This year, there’s something new: Anyone looking for the best in Indigenous art won’t have to wait until the evening to start bidding on these unique collectibles.
Between 7 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, SWAIA will host a new silent auction during the day in the Plaza, as a prelude to the annual evening. A variety of items, including jewelry, paintings, pottery, and small sculptures, will be auctioned off at the SWAIA booth during the day. SWAIA Interim COO Dallin Maybee said day bidders will see a selection of sundries across a variety of media.
You’ll want to check out the auction early as many items will have a “Buy It Now” option. All pieces that do not have this option, as well as all unsold pieces that do, will be moved to La Fonda to be exhibited at the evening gala.
“The silent auction will end on Saturday night,” Maybee said. “The exclusivity of these silent auction coins will be preserved because anyone who has purchased tickets for the gala will have the ‘final right’ to bid on these coins. … Not all of the rooms will be in the Plaza, so it is in a person’s best interest to go to the gala.
Artists collaborated on concho belts
This year, those holding a gala ticket will also be able to view and bid on the weekend’s hottest items, two concho belts – one designed for women and one for men – created by 32 award-winning artists. . Belts include bags made by Maybee (Seneca / Northern Arapaho) and Jamie Okuma (Luiseño / Shoshone-Bannock) and covers created by Maybee’s brother Ken Williams Jr. (Arapaho / Seneca) and Orlando Dugi (Navajo / Diné ). SWAIA is hoping to have its biggest fundraiser yet – the individual concho pieces alone are worth between $ 200 and $ 5,200 and are made from abalone, coral, gold and silver. Each piece is as unique as its creator and reflects the inspiration of each artist.
Award-winning jeweler Myron Panteah (Navajo / Zuni) created a maiden of corn for her gold and silver coin, as a tribute to her mother. “We use cornmeal and pollen for the offerings,” he said. “The grains we use for bread and food, and the husks we use for tobacco. It all comes down to us and most people call corn their mother.
Participating Tlingit artist Shaax ‘Saani, who also bears her American name, Janice Pealatere, had never seen a real concho belt until a few years ago, when she arrived in the Southwest. She now assembles all the parts for the women’s concho belt, which is hand-sewn and created with two materials, a soft black leather lining and a single sealskin, a hard-to-find item.
Although her daughter Mercedes Jack was a member of SWAIA, this is Shaax ‘Saani’s first time in the Indian market, a goal she set for herself just a few years ago when she started transforming fur, seal and other animal skins into a full time contemporary fashion.
“I feel like I have something really remarkable to show and share with the world with skin stitching. It’s such a beautiful material, with such a rich tradition that is so sacred to me on so many levels culturally, ”she said, adding that she also hopes to learn from her colleagues this first year. “I want to support and I want to be involved in this huge experience that really concerns artists.”
In the past, the gala has generated an average of $ 265,000 to $ 300,000 for the organization. The money raised is used to finance general operations, programming, internships and scholarships. John Paul Rangel, director of public relations and marketing for SWAIA, said the new auction will provide greater visibility for artists and raise more money for the organization. “There is a wave of support from the artists, all of whom have expressed their willingness to donate to the organization that produces the Santa Fe Indian Market, a show that has helped boost many careers. Rangel said. “This is the type of reciprocal relationship that we would like to emphasize because it is tangible proof that we are living up to our mission statement. The organization and the Indian market are really artist driven. This great event would not exist without them.
Inspirational belt for women
Keri Ataumbi (Kiowa), Butterfly
Veronica Benally (Navajo / Diné), Butterfly
Fritz Casuse (Navajo / Diné), Butterfly
Jennifer Curtis (Navajo / Diné), Loop
Marian Denipah (Navajo / Diné / Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo), Butterfly
Jolene Eustace (Zuni Pueblo / Cochiti Pueblo), Butterfly
Carlton Jamon (Zuni Pueblo), Concho
Bryan Joe (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Kenneth Johnson (Muskogee / Seminole), Butterfly
Samuel LaFountain (Chippewa), Concho
Jacob Morgan (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Verma Nequatewa / Sonwai (Hopi), Concho
Eric Othole (Zuni Pueblo / Cochiti Pueblo), Papillon
Myron Panteah (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Shaax ‘Saani (Tlingit), Belt
Liz Wallace (Maidu / Washo / Navajo / Diné), Concho
Robin Waynee (Saginaw Chippewa), Butterfly
Allen Aragon (Navajo / Diné) and Sunshine Reeves
Derrick Gordon Sr. (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Tim Herrera (Cochiti Pueblo), Concho
Ivan Howard (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Al Joe (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Alex Sanchez (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Cody Sanderson (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Olin Tsingine (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Lyndon Tsosie (Navajo / Diné), Concho
Kee Yazzie Jr. (Navajo / Diné), Concho
The sharkskin belt was donated by Tom Taylor.
Dallin Maybee (North Arapaho / Seneca)
Jamie Okuma (Luiseño / Shoshone-Bannock)
Orlando Dugi (Navajo / Diné)
Kenneth Williams Jr. (North Arapaho / Seneca)