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NMAI Will Host Annual Holiday Art Market in New York and Washington

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The National Museum of the American Indian will host its annual Indian art market in New York City and Washington just in time for holiday gift-giving.

The market will take place on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no entrance fee. The New York museum is located at One Bowling Green, NYC, NY 10004. The Washington museum is at Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024.

The market provides a unique opportunity for people to buy authentic traditional and contemporary art works from some of the finest Native artists in the Americas. A list of artists whose productions will be on sale in each city is available at the Smithsonian Art Market website along with links to many of the artists' web sites. Their works include items of silver, semi-precious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, hand-woven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls dressed in Native regalia, and paintings, prints, and sculpture.

Classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui) will perform each day at the New York museum at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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There will be a special Market Preview Party at the museums in each city on Friday, Nov. 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The party will feature Native foods and wine, and at the New York museum there will be a master artist demonstration by award-winning bead artist Juanita Growing Thunder (Assiniboine-Sioux). Tickets to the Washington party can be purchased by calling 202-633-6984. In New York, tickets are available by calling (212) 514-3750 or by email at

The video below features three members of the National Museum of the American Indian-New York board of directors, Charles Diker, Valerie Diker, and Margot Ernst, along with five artists who participated in the 2011 NMAI Art Market: Jody Naranjo (Santa Clara), Nocona Burgess (Comanche), Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut), Grant Jonathan (Tuscarora), and Liz Wallace (Navajo).