May 8, 2012
COME IN TO MEET OUR GUEST ARTISTS!
We invite you to visit The Indian Craft Shop on May
10 and 11 from 12:00 noon-4:00PM to meet visiting
artists and learn more about their artwork. Victoria Mitchell
and Terry O'Brien will be in both days (May 10 & 11)
and Artie and Gloria Yellowhorse will join us on May
We are honored
to have their visits and are excited about the diverse work they will
be exhibiting, a showing of the very traditional to the very
contemporary, all together! This is a great time to come in, too,
right before Mother's Day and graduation ceremonies -- it's the
perfect time for a gift.
We wish all of
you a wonderful May and an enjoyable spring!
ARTISTS -- MAY 10 AND MAY 11
Hooper O'Brien (Mohawk) and Victoria
Mitchell (Cherokee) will be in the Shop on Thursday, May
10 and Friday, May 11 from 12:00 noon - 4:00PM.
Victoria Mitchell is
a native Oklahoman who learned traditional Woodlands pottery making
from her mother, Anna Belle Sixkiller Mitchell. Living on a
ranch, Victoria digs and processes all of her own local clay and
hand-builds her vessels in the coil method.Her tools
are traditional, natural materials such as river cane sticks,
smooth river stones, bone utensils, horn scrapers, gourd necks and
hand-made wooden paddles for smoothing. She uses traditional Cherokee
designs that are stamped into the clay with her own stamps and those
that belonged to her mother.
Terry O'Brien creates
exquisite beaded amulet bags that can be worn as necklaces or
displayed as fine art. These amulet bag necklaces are made from beads
that are created "one bead at a time," with no fabric
backing. Terry uses a flat gourd stitch known as the "peyote
stitch," with the necklace portion beaded as a continuous piece
from the bag. All of Terry's bags are individually designed; each bag
given its own identity, name and number, building upon the order and
sequence of their creation. She is now up to #600; going through our
records, we see that over 10 years ago we had bags in the #100s!
Every fiftieth bag created by Terry honors strawberries, and we are
fortunate to have #600 in the Shop -- it is entitled Heavenly Day. See Terry's new works online. Her work is both
traditional and contemporary - and is wonderful, wearable art! We
hope you can come in person to meet Terry and see her full
Artie & Gloria Yellowhorse (Navajo)
will be in the Shop on Friday, May 11 from
12:00 noon till 4:00PM.
their creative designs, high quality stones and excellence in
fabrication, Sisters Artie and
Gloria Yellowhorse return with a full selection of their
latest collection of jewelry. Born and raised on the Navajo
reservation in Arizona, they are part of the Towering Horse Clan and
are third generation silversmiths. Artie Yellowhorse Designs
include classic round and oval designs in plain silver or set with a
variety of materials including turquoise, spiny oyster shell, amber,
lapis and jasper.
trademark "Rising Sun" design is one of their most popular
collections, with its round or oval-domed center surrounded by a
sleek shadowbox or small silver beads. We hope you can come in person
to see their full selection of jewelry, but if you're not able to
visit, you can see a selection of their work on our online store.
We have new
work in the Shop from some of your favorite artists as well as some
who are new to us. We hope you can visit, as we truly enjoy seeing
you! We will work on adding new items to our online store, so if you
are not local and can't make it in, keep an eye on our New Additions Page.
the work of Jhane Meyers (Comanche)- We are so
excited and honored to have just begun working with Jhane Meyers, who
transforms her Blackfeet and Comanche heritage into permanent art
forms. We have received her signature Northern Plains and Southern
Plains dressed dolls as well as her sterling silver, brass and copper
Identity Dress pendants.
Navajo artist Manalisa
Camarena has sent necklaces and earrings in the traditional
design of The Navajo Wedding Basket. Using silk thread wrapped
around a base of florist wire, she weaves her miniature baskets,
which are then finished with a hardener to retain their shape.
We have pins, earrings and necklaces in a variety of versions of the
Navajo Ceremonial Basket, including the traditional design (often
referred to as the Wedding Basket), her Butterfly basket pattern, and
some with the American flag. Manalisa also creates miniature baskets
in doll house sizes, so be sure to peek in our Miniature Indian Craft
Shop on your next visit. Manalisa believes in keeping traditional
ways and she does this through her basketry. We have a selection of Manalisa's work on our online store.
Brummett (Seminole) and his wife Colline (Choctaw) have been
working with metal for over 27 years. Both welders by trade, they
began creating metal art in the late 1990s. Colline
specializes in the heat treatment that brings a beautiful array of
colors to the steel. We have just recently received a new order
from Harold including wolves, buffalos, turtles, horses, and small and
large feathers decorated with rawhide and beads. Harold is also
known for his metal shields, and a turtle shield with four feathers
has arrived in the Shop.
BOOK SIGNING EVENTS
and Angie Schaaf of the Center for Indigenous Arts and
Cultures (CIAC) and attend the book signings for Dr. Gregory Schaaf's American Indian Art Series on
from 12 noon - 3:00PM.
Hougart, author of The Little Book of Marks on Southwestern Silver:
Silversmiths, Designers, Guilds and Traders who
will sign and discuss his book of over 3,200 hallmark entries on June 14, from 12 noon -
(Books may be
pre-purchased for signing if you cannot make it in; include request
and salutation in orders or requests)
Museum Presentation - Presentation by
Dr. Gregory Schaaf on Stories from the American Indian Art
Series: 15,000 Native Artists Honored from 1:00PM - 2:00PM.
Here, you can
see the complete Calendar of Events for May and June.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012
Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you
will be able to join us Saturday, May 19, from 10:00AM- 4:00PM.
Indian Craft Shop
Open on Saturday
10:00AM to 4:00PM
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 is available at E Street.
weekend handicap access on E Street, contact the Shop at (202) 208-4056
ahead of time, if possible.)
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.