Native American artists from throughout the Chicago area and beyond will offer authentic, handmade, traditional and contemporary art and craft items at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian’s annual Native Arts Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 3, 2011, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, from noon to 4 p.m. The bazaar will take place in the Mitchell Museum’s 3009 Central Street building, next door to the Evanston museum.
Native exhibitors will be selling work ranging from pencil and charcoal drawings, jewelry, and beadwork, to pottery, blankets, and clothing such as moccasins, ribbon shirts, and ribbon dresses. Vendors retain all proceeds from their sales.
More than a dozen exhibitors are expected, including artists who are Cherokee, Dakota, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Navajo, and Oneida, among others.
The preliminary exhibitor line-up includes:
* Lily Antone-Plass (Oneida): clothing, jewelry, and blankets
* Erica Hawpetoss (Navajo/Menominee): jewelry, beadwork, and clothing
* Darrel & Ruth Ann Motley (Cherokee): jewelry
* Amelia Ortiz (Ho-Chunk): beadwork
* Darlene Ortiz (Navajo): beadwork
* Julia Page (Eastern Band of Cherokee): jewelry
* Don and Joanne Perret of Native Visions trading company: Navajo and Santa Domingo jewelry; Acoma, Jemez, Santa Clara, and Ojibwe pottery; shields; spears, and hand drums
* Norma Robertson (Dakota): beadwork
* Linda Stabile: non-Native author of the book “Storykeeper,” illustrated by artist Robert Wapahi (Dakota), who is also exhibiting at the bazaar. “Storykeeper” is a literary work, “inspired by the storyteller’s role in Native American societies and how that role has helped to preserve the wisdom of the elders,” Stabile says.
A number of artists and crafts people will give presentations about their work during the two-day event and will demonstrate their techniques.
The Mitchell Museum shop also offers authentic Native-made items throughout the year.
Adult admission to the bazaar is $5 and includes admission to the museum, located at 3001 Central St. Admission is free for Mitchell Museum members.
For information, phone (847) 475-1030. On the Net: http://www.mitchellmuseum.org.