Over 50 and fabulous

Concho belt inspired by Indian Market traditions

SANTA FE, N.M.-Ten extraordinary jewelers of the Santa Fe Indian Market have come together to make one extraordinary piece-the "Over 50 and Fabulous" concho belt that will be sold to the highest bidder at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts' (SWAIA) annual fundraising auction.

Inspired by a collaborative concho belt created in 2001 (which featured up and coming jewelers and was one of the first collaborative piece SWAIA made available), this belt honors another distinct group comprised of "over 50" jewelers who have earned reputations as some of the finest jewelers in the country.

Each concho reflects the unique style of each artist, but when placed together form a one-of-a-kind, museum quality piece. Artists include Martine Lovato (Santo Domingo Pueblo), Gibson Nez (Diné), Richard Chavez (San Felipe Pueblo), Naveek (Diné), Jake Livingston (Diné), Jennie Vicenti (Zuni Pueblo), Harvey Begay (Diné), Victoria Adams (Southern Cheyenne), and ranger set by Michael NanaPing Garcia (Pascua Yaqui). Edith Tsabetsaye (Zuni Pueblo) will also contribute a concho.

Michael NanaPing Garcia, vice-chair of the SWAIA Board, thought of the idea as a member of the auction gala committee. "This gives someone the chance to purchase a piece by some of the [best] jewelers of the 21st century, while also supporting the organization that sustains the livelihood of over 1,100 artists nationwide."

Don't miss your chance to bid on this amazing piece. For more information on the SWAIA auction gala and how you can attend, call (505) 983-5220. Tickets are $135/person or $1,250/table of 10 and sell out quickly. To preview the concho belt, plus additional items that will be available at the auction, visit www.swaia.org/live_auction_items.php.

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