PRESCOTT — The ninth annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) will be held July 8 and 9 on the cool and shady grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday.
The museum’s commemorative rose garden and flower-lined walkways provide an inviting backdrop for the impressive display of Indian art. The market features jewelry, ceramics, hand-woven baskets and blankets as well as traditional and contemporary works of art.
PIAM has grown in reputation and quality to become one of the premier Indian art markets offered in the Southwest. An all-Indian artist jury chooses participants on the basis of quality in both traditional and contemporary styles.
This year’s featured artist is Evelyn Fredericks, renowned Hopi stone and bronze sculptor from Santa Fe, N.M. Fredericks initiates the direct carving of her exquisite stone pieces drawing from the grain, color and shape of a boulder. Her bronzes, all limited editions, are cast from stone images, plaster or clay models. Fredericks has recently added wood sculpting to her artistic endeavors.
PIAM offers the opportunity to visit with and buy directly from the authentic American Indian artists. Meet the artists in their booths and learn of the techniques and processes involved in creating their work. Stroll among demonstrators of American Indian weaving, Katsina carving and silversmithing. Observe them as they fashion pottery, pipes, baskets and moccasins.
Throughout the weekend, Native American dancers, singers and musicians provide entertainment is in the outdoor amphitheater. A popular highlight is the mouthwatering Navajo frybread.
PIAM’s major corporate sponsor is the master planned community of Talking Rock; sponsors are Bucky’s and Yavapai Casinos. The official market hotel is Hassayampa Inn
Admission to the market is $5 per person, children free and admittance is free with new museum memberships.
The Sharlot Hall Museum is located in the heart of downtown Prescott, two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza at 415 W. Gurley Street. For information, call 928-445-3122 or visit the museum’s website at www.sharlot.org.