Sharlot Hall Museum hosts 2007 Prescott Indian Art Market

Bronze sculpture by Evelyn Fredericks, renowned Hopi sculptor (Photo courtesy of Sharlot Hall Museum).

Bronze sculpture by Evelyn Fredericks, renowned Hopi sculptor (Photo courtesy of Sharlot Hall Museum).

PRESCOTT-The 10th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market will be held on the tree-shaded grounds of the Sharlot Hall Museum on July 14 and 15. The museum's flower-lined walkways and commemorative rose garden provide an inviting backdrop for the impressive display of Indian art.

The market will feature both traditional and contemporary works of art, including distinctive jewelry, exquisite ceramics, hand-woven baskets and blankets. The market has grown in reputation and quality into one of the premier Indian art markets 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 Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally from Shonto on the western Navajo reservation. Whitethorne-Benally's artwork celebrates family, and she has become a famous folk artist, turning barn wood and gourds into fine art.

Visit with the artists in their booths and learn the techniques and processes involved in creating their works of art. Stroll among demonstrators of American Indian weaving, kachina carving and silversmithing. Observe the making of pottery, stone fetishes, baskets, and moccasins. Entertainment is provided throughout the weekend in the outdoor amphitheater by Native American dancers, singers, and musicians. A popular highlight is the mouthwatering Navajo frybread.

The Prescott Indian Art Market is scheduled to be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. Admission is $5 per person; children are free; admission is free with all 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 Web site at www.sharlot.org.

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