Maria Samora: A Master of Elegance Opens at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Presents Maria Samora: A Master of EleganceExhibition Showcases the work of the 2018 MIAC Living Treasure and Native Treasures Featured Artist  

The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture presents Maria Samora: A Master of Elegance, which opens to the public on Sunday, April 8, 2018 and remains on display through February 28, 2019. An opening reception will be held from 1pm to 4pm at the Museum with Samora (Taos Pueblo) giving an artist’s talk at 2pm. Admission to the Museum is free this day.

Samora began apprenticing with Taos goldsmith and master gem cutter Phil Poirer 20 years ago in 1998 and went on to work with him for 15 years. The metalwork she has sinc

e learned incorporates techniques adapted from Etruscans, Egyptians, Greeks, and Syrians, even the Korean method of keum-boo, which involves applying thin sheets of gold to silver.

Since striking out on her own, Samora’s jewelry has become known for thesimplicity of its design,

textured metals, and combinations of both gold and silver. Stones include traditional turquoise and unexpected choices such as diamonds, guava moonstone, or African opal. The exhibition will feature more than 21 pieces of her work, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings all with designs of turquoise, gold, or silver and various precious gems. The exhibition will inform how her jewelry designs and styles have changed over the past 12 years and how she had added new forms along with new materials and used new technology.

“For me, I really want to break down these boundaries and these stereotypes of what people think Native jewelry should be,” says Samora from her Taos studio. “I just want my jewelry to speak for itself.

In addition to her minimalist designs (sometimes she actually removes a detail from a piece if she thinks she’s overdone it) Samora emphasizes practicality. “This is not something you’re going to be hanging on the wall,” she says. “You’re wearing it; it becomes a part of you.”

Samora says she looks forward to this spring’s Native Treasures show and relishes being part of such a dynamic community of artists. “It’s really an honor to be accepted by all the other artists who, over the years, have become a community and a family,” she says 

What:            Maria Samora, A Master of Elegance, Public Opening Reception
When:           Sunday, April 8, 2018, 1pm to 4pm, with an artist talk at 2pm
Where:          The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

What:              The 14th Annual Native Treasures Art Market
When:            May 25 – 27, 2018
Where:           The Santa Fe Community Convention Center

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