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

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

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

2018 Featured Artist: Maria Samora

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Every year, Native Treasures designates an artist as the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure and the Native Treasures Featured Artist. We are thrilled to announce that Taos Pueblo jeweler Maria Samora is the 2018 MIAC Living Treasure and Native Treasures Featured Artist. Her work is known for its minimalist lines and interdisciplinary techniques.

“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.

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 since 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 the simplicity 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.

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 Indian Arts Festival 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

The honoring ceremony for Maria Samora will take place at the Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival Pre-Show Celebration on Friday, May 25, from 5:30-7:30 pm, at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

Each year, the award for the Living Treasure artist is an original piece of art made and presented by the previous year’s Living Treasure honoree. Last year’s award recipient was Jody Naranjo.

 

 

Native Treasures Street Eats 2018

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

NATIVE TREASURES STREET EATS

By all accounts our first Native Treasures Streets Eats Food Truck event was a big success! We are doing it again in 2018.

Please join us on Sunday for a delicious celebration of Santa Fe’s street food movement, presented in partnership with the Santa Fe Reporter!

Street Eats will be located in the old County Courthouse parking lot on the West side of the Convention Center.

WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 11:00am-3:00pm

Food trucks who are participating:

– Back Road Pizza
– Car-Ma Kocina
– Palate
– Power 5 BBQ
– Santafamous Street Eats  

 

 

Jody Naranjo: Revealing Joy Exhibition at MIAC

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) invites you to help us honor Jody Naranjo’s achievements and explore the exhibition Jody Naranjo: Revealing Joy.

Every year at Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honors an artist as a MIAC Living Treasure. The 2017 MIAC Living Treasure honor goes to Jody Naranjo, an eighth-generation Pueblo potter from Santa Clara pueblo.

“The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is a key institution for us, it illustrates authentic pueblo culture & life and I feel it really represents us,” Naranjo said. “I’m honored to be the Living Treasure and Featured Artist for Native Treasures, which is an important benefit event for MIAC,” she said.

The Jody Naranjo: Revealing Joy Exhibit at MIAC will open to the public on Sunday, April 2, 2017.

Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha Exhibit at MIAC

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Dan Namingha Indian Arts Festival 2016 The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) invites you to help us honor Dan Namingha’s achievements and explore the exhibition Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha.

Every year at Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture honors an artist as a MIAC Living Treasure. And, this year the MIAC Living Treasure honor goes to Dan Namingha (Tewa/Hopi).

Museum director Della Warrior said, “Dan Namingha is part of a distinguished family of artists. He’s the great-great-grandson of famed Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) and his sons Arlo and Michael are artists as well. Dan is a highly regarded artist for works that respectfully interpret Native culture and demonstrate his concern for Mother Earth. And, it is with great pleasure that MIAC presents this exhibition of his work, Landscape of an Artist, in conjunction with Dan being honored as this year’s Living Treasure.”

Landscape of an Artist: Living Treasure Dan Namingha is on display through September 11, 2016 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, 710 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill.

2016 Theme for Native Treasures

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Mother Earth Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

Every year, we choose a theme for artists to create a collective vision for the Native Treasures event. This year, we chose “Mother Earth” for the theme of this year’s festival. The earth is often times depicted as a turtle in Native American mythology and art. The turtle signifies water, good health and long life, among other things.

“In the Hopi creation myth, and most Native American creation myths, we are allowed to be here on this earth but only provided we care for it and treat it with respect,” 2016 Featured Artist Dan Namingha said of the state of land and water and our planet, adding that we have a critical role of stewardship of our the earth.

Dan feels that change and evolution are a continuum, and that the future of our planet and membership of the human race must be monitored to insure survival in the spirit of cultural and technology diversity. He says that only then can we merge the positive and negative polarization and create the balance so necessary to the communal spirit of the universe.

2016 Featured Artist: Dan Namingha

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

Every year, Native Treasures designates an artist as the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure.  This year, we are pleased to designate prolific Hopi/Tewa artist Dan Namingha as the 2016 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure and the Featured Artist for the 2016 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival.Dan Namingha Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival

The MIAC Living Treasure award is given in recognition of artistic excellence and community service.  The award recognizes their bodies of work to date and their exciting futures.

Dan has created a significant and widely collected body of work created during a career spanning more than 40 years. His work is in the collections of numerous museums including: the British Royal Collection, London; the Denver Art Museum; The Heard Museum; the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts; and numerous United States Embassies including those in Copenhagen, Denmark, Geneva, Switzerland, and Dakar, Senegal, to name a few. Read more about Dan’s work & find out how to meet him at this year’s event.

 

Booth Map and Artist List of the show

Friday, January 1st, 2016

For a booth map of this weekend’s show, please click here.  There have been some changes since this map was created, so please just ask one of the committee members if you cannot find a particular artist.

THANK YOU

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

Thank you to all our fabulous artists for an amazing show this year!  Thank you to our wonderful volunteers, without whom there would not be a show.  And thank you to our patrons who so cheerfully shopped and took home lots of great artwork!

We are blessed to have such support among our communities.

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