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SWAIA Newsletter - June 2013

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From the Desk of the COO

Dear Artists and Friends,

Are you looking for your packets? Well, they are on their way and they are filled with oodles of important information about Indian Market 2013. Please remember to read it thoroughly before you head off to Market in August; it contains all the important information that will help make this year's Market your best one yet!

Receiving will be on Wednesday, August 14 this year. As a reminder, we are again accepting mail entries this year. So, save the hotel money by mailing in your entry - you can get to town just in time for Friday preview!

During Indian Market weekend, be sure to visit the new Artist Supplier Expo at the Historic Hilton of Santa Fe. From 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18, you can restock your supplies and relax among friends. Though many of the Santa Fe hotels have hosted their own competing art shows during Indian Markets past, the Art Supplier Expo will nicely compliment the excitement of the weekend.

All indications are pointing to a great 2013 Indian Market! See you all soon.

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From the PR/Marketing/Programming Team

Dear Friends,
Summer is upon us! The month of June brings us many exciting events, new staff members, and - of course - that much closer to the 2013 Santa Fe Indian Market. With all the additional hands on deck, both of our staff and volunteers, we are confident that this year's Market will be the best one yet.

In May, we celebrated the opening of the Artist Room Project, a joint production with Nativo Lodge, a Heritage Hotels and Resorts, Inc. hotel and four fantastic SWAIA artists. Thank you to all who joined us for a fantastic evening of art, music, and fun!

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This month, we are keeping busy with planning, marketing, and programming. As the days get longer, we find more and more tasks to undertake, meetings to attend, and ad campaigns to design. The energy and enthusiasm of our staff, artists, and board members are increasing every day! From discussing the details of the Live Auction Gala to arranging artist booths, the SWAIA community is gearing up for a fantastic summer.

We have also been hard at work on a new endeavor: the first ever Artist Designed Collection. SWAIA commissioned artist Ehren Kee Natay (Diné /Kewa Pueblo/Cherokee) to design a set of fresh and colorful motifs that encapsulate the innovative spirit of Indian Market. Look out for these bold designs - that combine sources as diverse as Mimbres pottery and graffiti techniques - on limited-edition merchandise available at Market.

All proceeds of the Artist Designed Collection will directly benefit SWAIA and, in turn, the artists of the Santa Fe Indian Market. SWAIA, as an advocate for Native artists, strives to build a broad and supportive platform for Native American art and culture. The Artist Designed Collection, created by a Native artist, will expand this platform and effect positive change for Native artists.

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If you have a passion for art and fashion, we invite you to attend our Style Your Sole event on June 22nd at Goler Fine Imported Shoes in Santa Fe, presented by SWAIA, TOMS, and Goler Fine Imported Shoes. Style Your Sole is a national event, sponsored in part by TOMS Shoes, which brings together established artists and people of all ages to design shoes to benefit the TOMS mission and inspire the community. From 10 am to 6 pm, stop by and have an artist design a pair of shoes for you or create your own unique design. Artists in attendance will include Ricardo Caté (Kewa Pueblo), Jaque Fragua (Jemez Pueblo), and Ishkoten Dougi (Jicarilla Apache/Diné/Navajo). This event is open to the public.

We hope you will also join us for SWAIA's annual Honoring Ceremony, which will take place on June 27th at the Historic Hilton of Santa Fe. This special event will pay tribute to the artistic achievements of three outstanding Native artists: Comanche weaver Mrs. Josephine Myers-Wapp, Santo Domingo potter Crucita Melchor, and Navajo jeweler Herbert Taylor (posthumously). Tickets cost $25 per person and will be available until Friday, June 21. Click here or call 505.983.5220 to purchase tickets.


A special note to our artists: artwork that is donated by June 24, 2013 for the Silent and Live auctions will be included, along with other auction items, in a full-page ad in a key publication. Artists will also receive featured placement on our SWAIA website and social media outlets. We appreciate your support of SWAIA and our efforts to make 2013 a huge success. For further info, email

As the summer moves along, we will have even more information, events, and photos to share. Please check our website for SWAIA news, and connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. We can't wait to celebrate Indian Market season with you!
Thank you all for a wonderful month at SWAIA!

A Message from the Development and Membership Director

Greetings to all SWAIA members, supporters and followers.

This month marks less than 60 days until the official kick-off of the 92nd Annual Indian Market Week. We hope all of our renewed and new members expecting Sneak and General Preview tickets have received them by now. If not, please contact us at 505.983.5220.

This year, members should note that our event schedule, posted on our website, includes four new events. First, from 8:30pm to 11:30pm on Thursday, August 15, Native Peoples Magazine and SWAIA will host the First Annual Indian Market Launch Party at the Historic Hilton of Santa Fe. Then, from 7am to 10am on Saturday, August 17, SWAIA members are invited to stop by the Museum of Contemporary Native Art (MOCNA) Park, located at the corner of Palace Avenue and Cathedral Place, for a Membership Breakfast event. Sponsored by SWAIA and our partners, NMAI and MOCNA, this event is sure to be fun for all!

For artists and visitors in search of art supplies, SWAIA will be hosting its first Artist Suppliers Market on Saturday, August 17, from 9am to 5pm at the Historic Hilton of Santa Fe. Lastly, our zombie loving fans can partake in Zombie Night in the Park on Saturday, August 17, located at the Railyard Park on Cerrrillos Rd. and S. Guadalupe St. Beginning at 8pm, this fantastic event, presented by SWAIA and the Native Cinema Showcase, will draw film enthusiasts and thrill seekers of all ages.

We hope that our members will get the chance to attend both our time-honored celebrations, such as the Live Auction Gala at the La Fonda on the Plaza, as well as our exciting new events. All in all, this year's Indian Market Week promises loads of fantastic activities for all ages and interests. The SWAIA staff and I look forward to seeing all of you in 56 days or less!

Thank you for all of your support!

All the best,

SWAIA Artists in the News:

America Meredith (Cherokee) is the editor/publisher of the newly founded First American Art Magazine. First published in the spring of 2013, First American Art Magazine provides the public with visual, media, literary, and performing arts of the Indigenous Americas. FAAM hopes to bridge academic and public discourse about Native art while examining current and historic issues through its lens. Visit their website to read the first issue online and learn more about this exciting new publication.

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Header Art: Ishkoten Dougi for our Style Your Sole event