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SWAIA GALA: "SHINY DROP" CENTENNIAL PARTY, FASHION SHOW AND LIVE ART AUCTIONS

LOCATION

Santa Fe Community Convention Center

DATE

Sat. August 20, 2022

TIME

6:00PM-9:00PM MST

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ABOUT THIS EVENT

SWAIA GALA: "SHINY DROP" CENTENNIAL PARTY, FASHION SHOW AND LIVE ART AUCTIONS

Indian Market’s “biggest night out,” the SWAIA Gala is a fundraising benefit for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts.

The event features an Indigenous Fashion Show with seven designers and a live art auction of artistic masterpieces. Learn more about our designers!

Come dressed in your best “Indian Market” style and enjoy this night of phenomenal art, food, Indigenous fashion and fun!

Our afterparty takes place from 9:00pm – 10:30 pm in the Courtyard.

GALA FASHION SHOW DESIGNERS

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JASON BAERG

Jason Baerg is a registered member of the Métis Nation of Ontario, from Moon Hills in Treaty Six, Canada. As an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist, his curatorial contributions include developing and implementing the national Metis arts program for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for organizations from the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective to the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting, new media installation, and fashion. Baerg’s work is shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions.

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Himikalas Pamela Baker

Himikalas Pamela Baker is Musgamakw Dzawada’enuxw, Tlingit, and Haida from her mother’s side, and Squamish by her father’s lineage. Professionally trained as a fashion designer, Baker focuses on designing a future that honors her ancestors. She does this by developing unique fashion collections and jewelry embedded with First Nation West Coast design elements.

Copperknot Jewelry, co-founded by Baker, is a boutique featuring locally Vancouver-made jewelry. Himikalas’s goal has been to strengthen Native representation and to support Indigenous artists.

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Korina Emmerich

Korina Emmerich has built her Brooklyn NY based brand, EMME Studio, on the backbone of Expression, Art, and Culture. Leading the charge to embrace art and design as one and weaving it into her brand story.  Originally from the Pacific Northwest, her colorful work is known to reflect her patrilineal Indigenous heritage from The Coast Salish Territory, Puyallup tribe.

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LESLEY HAMPTON

Lesley Hampton is a multi-award winning Anishinaabe Artist, Model, Speaker, and Designer focused on mental health awareness, body positivity, and authentic representation in fashion, media, and beauty. She is the founder and Creative Director of LESLEY HAMPTON, an Indigenous-owned, women-led, size-inclusive fashion brand based in Toronto, Ontario.

Lesley Hampton is a member of Temagami First Nation, and her identity is an amalgamation of her Indigeneity and her international nomadic upbringing
as a ‘Third Culture Kid’, with her formative years spent in Canada’s Arctic and Atlantic,
Australia, England, Indonesia, and New Caledonia.

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URSALA HUDSON

Ursala Hudson is a Tlingit weaver, printmaker, painter, photographer and writer of Caucasian, Filipino, and Alaska Native descent. Hudson began a fiber-art practice centered around Indigenous couture fashion designs that draws from the calculated, bold, and innovative practices of her digital art background. She primarily works in the hand-twining wool-around-wool artform of Chilkat and Ravenstail weaving styles from her ancestral homeland in southeast Alaska. Hudson views weaving ceremonial regalia offers her a voice to uplift her communities and reclaim sovereignty in an Indigenous future.

The materials, designs, patterns, finishing techniques, and sources of inspiration expand a narrative of Tlingit interaction with the landscape and outside cultures.

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YOLANDA SKELTON

Yolonda (Loni) Skelton is a Textile Artist from the Gitxsan Nation and the House of Hax-be-gwoo-txw of the Fireweed Clan. Her Indigenous name Sug-ii-t Looks translates to “When the Whales Crest” becoming the name of her design house. The inspiration fashioning her work includes oral stories she learned from her late maternal grandmother Lily Jackson (Na-gwa).

Skelton has been creating numerous custom-made textile projects for over twenty years, from ceremonial dance blankets and regalia to contemporary clothing and accessories. In developing an individual Northwest Coast design language, the designer is continually pushing the beauty, concepts, and techniques of fashion based in North Coast Design. 

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SWAIA GALA: AFTER PARTY

6:30PM – 9:30PM

Join us in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center Courtyard immediately following the Gala for our Afterparty with Gary Farmer and the Troublemakers!

thank you to our 2022 sponsors

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