here, and while we still have some hot, muggy days, there are also
hints of those first crisp mornings that mean we'll soon be moving
into another season. Just as the seasons come and go, bringing their
beautiful changes, so do the years, almost before we know it. And the
arrival of this
September coincides with the Shop's 75th anniversary,
an extraordinary marker! Since 1938, this special shop inside the
Department of Interior has been supporting the arts through the
generations - showcasing the work of American Indian artists from
across the U.S. for many, many seasons (300 seasons in all). We look
forward to welcoming all of you to celebrate with us, along with our
guest artists throughout the fall season.
SAVE THE DATES
75th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
Starting in September, we begin celebrating The Indian Craft
Shop's 75th Anniversary, and we have invited artists to come and
share their art with you. There will be craft demonstrations, time to
get to know the artists and lots of beautiful artwork for you to
Join us for our Guest Artist/Mini Market Days
featuring different guests each month - our guest artists/authors
include the following:
(Passamaquoddy), basketry; Caroline Carpio (Isleta), pottery and
sculpture; Bille Hougart, author; Earl Plummer (Navajo), jewelry;
Charlene and Frank Reano (San Felipe/Santo Domingo), jewelry; Kathy
Elk Woman Whitman (Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara), jewelry and
Ola and Tony
Eriacho (Zuni), jewelry and fetish carving; Glendora Fragua (Jemez),
pottery; Bille Hougart, author; Terrill Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk),
beadwork; George Shukata Willis (Choctaw), jewelry and Artie
Yellowhorse (Navajo), jewelry.
author; Robin Lazore (Mohawk), basketry; Victoria Mitchell
(Cherokee), pottery; Eddie Morrison (Cherokee), sculpture; Terrill
Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk), beadwork.
We are still
adding to our artist and guest listing and will keep you updated
throughout the fall. Please join us as we celebrate 75 Years, and
thank you for your continued support of the arts.
continuing our "Countdown of 75 Reasons" on our Facebook page
which includes one posting at a time of the abbreviated "Reasons
to Collect American Indian Art" submitted from Shop patrons. We
hope you enjoy the 'Reasons' and encourage you to share your
ARRIVALS OF JOE BEN JR.
We are happy
to announce that we have received a shipment of Joe Ben Jr. sand
paintings. Using intense colors derived from materials that he
collects himself around the Navajo Reservation and on his
international travels -- blue lapis from Afghanistan, galena from
Morocco, gypsum from Cuba or coal from the Four Corners area - Joe
Ben, Jr. creates unique sand paintings that are a contemporary
interpretation of traditional Navajo ceremonial elements.
his art, Joe Ben, Jr. says, "Through the art of sand painting,
based on the cycle of nature, I am capable of communicating my
feelings and my ideas. It is through these sand paintings of
Mother Earth, of Father Sun and their children (the trees, the
rivers, the birds, the divinities and us), that I can imitate the
powerful work of nature. I then try to use nature's aesthetic
work as a part of my life and to add dimension to my existence.
Finally, I hope with this art to encourage people to consider the
aesthetics of nature, because that is what art is all
about...Nature...What else is there?"
OPEN SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013
The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each
month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday,
August 17th, from 10:00am - 4:00pm.
ITEMS IN THE ONLINE STORE
check our Web store as we
continue to post items -- be sure to check our "New Additions"
page to see the latest added works.
NATIONAL AQUARIUM CLOSING:
We invite you to visit the National Aquarium, the oldest
public aquarium in the Nation, before it closes its doors on
September 30, 2013.We are fortunate to have had the chance to share
the recycled art of Kathy "Elk Woman" Whitman with the
National Aquarium's wonderful gift shop. If you are interested in
other items at the National Aquarium's gift shop, NOW is the time to
visit!!! Everything in the shop is discounted with savings from 30 %
- 50% off already great prices on items including marine fossils,
educational books and toys, plush toys and many other souvenirs and
gifts related to sea life and its habitats. We encourage you to visit
the National Aquarium again before it closes. If you choose, you may
visit/enter the gift shop without paying the Aquarium's entry fee.
The National Aquarium is located in the U.S. Department of Commerce Building
on 14th Street, NW, between Constitution and Pennsylvania
Avenues. For more information on the National Aquarium visit http://www.aqua.org/visit/dc.
Indian Craft Shop
Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 4:30pm,
and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00am until 4:00pm. The Shop
is closed on federal holidays.
photo ID is needed for entrance to the building.
weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street
entrances (E Street is closer for
Access ramps are available at both entrances.During Saturday hours,
visitors must use the C Street Entrance.
West (Blue and Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) are the
closest Metro stops. It is a six-block walk, or you can ride an 80 or
S1 bus to 18th and C Streets. There is metered parking on the street
and several parking lots within a few blocks.