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SWAIA Newsletter May 2014

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Dallin Maybee, Chief Interim Operations Officer
Dear SWAIA Artists:

Santa Fe Indian Market™ is quickly approaching! As an artist, I am all too aware of how my timeline for completing pieces starts to fill up with unrealistic goals. The last minute crunch of creating pieces for judging and Saturday morning sales is just one moment in a fantastic week. Excitement and anticipation are building and as staff solidify scheduling and programming, we look forward to seeing all of our friends and family again.

For those of you who I have not had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Dallin Maybee. I am Northern Arapaho and Seneca and I was raised on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Western New York, but I also have family on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Central Wyoming. I am an artist and I have shown at Indian Market since 2001. I also have a Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctorate. I have most recently been named the Interim Chief Operations Officer for SWAIA and I am excited to offer my experience and commitment toward making this Indian Market a success.

When I first came to Santa Fe during Indian Market weekend, I felt a range of emotion at seeing so much phenomenal art and personality. Indian Market is truly a microcosm of Indian country! I was humbled at the level of skill demonstrated in traditional art forms. I felt amazement at the openness of artists willing to talk about their craft. As an observer, I loved seeing so many people who were there just to experience Indian Market and I quickly had an overwhelming desire to become a part of the Indian Market community and family. As carriers of our culture, the art we produce presents our identity and our passion about who we are. Indian Market then offers that identity to the world. Indian Market has become a second mother to me. She has clothed me, fed me, and helped me provide for my family by doing something that I love to do; tell my story and share my identity through art.

It is no secret that SWAIA exists because of the artists. I thank each and every one of you for making SWAIA and Indian Market happen. Is it enough, however, to simply pay our booth fees and wait for Indian Market to happen? Perhaps, but I would invite each of you to additionally support SWAIA in your own way. For some, that is a donation of a piece, large or small, to the auctions which provide much needed financial assistance and ensure that SWAIA has the ability to prepare each year for a successful week. For others, your experience and voice enables us to become aware of issues and concerns that allows SWAIA and Indian Market to grow and evolve each year. That voice can also include reaching out to your collectors and inviting them to attend the Gala auction or become SWAIA members so they are included in our community throughout the year.

Preparation for this year’s Indian Market continues to move forward and enthusiasm continues to build. The eyes of the world will focus on Indian Market and people will descend upon Santa Fe in the hope of experiencing part of the beauty of our culture. I hope to embrace their efforts to get here by offering them an incredible experience. An experience filled with renewed acquaintances, new friendships, and the sharing of a common love for Indian art. Please support our organization in any way you can and SWAIA will continue to be a strong advocate for Indian art and most importantly, Native artists. Now get back to work!

—Dallin Maybee, Interim Chief Operating Officer


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FROM THE MEMBERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICE:

A special THANK YOU to all of you who participated in Give Grande New Mexico and helped SWAIA raise nearly $3,000 on May 6. We truly appreciate you taking part in this first ever statewide fundraising event. Hopefully, this will be an annual event and will continue to grow in popularity.

As a quick reminder, we are still seeking donations to support the Artist Awards for this year’s Indian Market. If you’d like to make a donation, please call us at (505) 983 5220 x223 and ask for Denise. We appreciate any amount, no matter how great or small, which will help us recognize artistic excellence. Your contribution counts!

SWAIA’s largest fundraising event of the year, the Live Auction Gala is taking place on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at La Fonda on the Plaza. The event starts at 5pm on
La Terraza with a Silent Auction and reception, and then moves down to the Lumpkins Ballroom for Dinner and the Live Auction at 7pm. Individual tickets are $175 each and full tables of 10 are available at 3 different price points. If you’re interested in attending this elegant event, please visit the SWAIA website at www.swaia.org or call (505) 983 5220 x223 for further information.


FROM THE DESK OF THE CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Dear SWAIA Donors, Members, & Volunteers

Greetings from SWAIA! We want to take this opportunity to provide you with updates about the 2014 Santa Fe Indian Market™ and our organization. Former board member Dallin Maybee (Arapaho/Seneca) resigned his position on the board to join the SWAIA team as Interim Chief Operating Officer. You might recognize Dallin Maybee who has participated in the Santa Fe Indian Market for many years and won Best of Show in 2007. In May we also welcomed Dr. John Paul Rangel as our new Director of Public Relations and Marketing. John Paul worked for SWAIA in a similar capacity a few years ago and returns after completing his graduate studies. Dallin and John Paul enthusiastically bring their formidable talents together to make the 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market better and more beautiful than ever.

SWAIA exists to serve Native artists and showcase the best of Native arts and culture. We are dedicated to continuing to produce the largest juried Native art show that sets the standard for excellence in Native art and cultural expression. As a small non-profit, we rely on your support through annual memberships, donations and, of course, the multitude of volunteers who convene during Indian Market to insure that our Native artists have a successful show. Your contributions enable SWAIA to fund artist fellowships and awards, honor senior artists, and also to support the development of educational activities and programming throughout the year.

You can help us make the 93rd Santa Fe Indian Market a success by sending a donation or calling us about a sponsorship today. You may also donate or renew/upgrade your membership online. If you want to volunteer, please call or come by the office. We would also love to talk with you about how to make your Indian Market experience better and listen to your suggestions about how we can reach new and different audiences for our artists.

We would like to thank you for your generous gifts of time and money, which enable SWAIA to produce Indian Market each year and thereby benefiting generations of Native artists by giving them exposure to wider audiences and encouraging them to expand and define what we have we come together to know and appreciate: Native art.

—Charlene Porsild, Chief Development Officer

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