San Francisco Tribal Art Week February 9 – 19, 2017

2017 will be an exciting year for The American Indian Art Show|Marin! Kim Martindale and John Morris, partners in the Objects of Art Shows, have acquired the esteemed San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show. Like the American Indian Art Show|Marin, the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Art Show has a long tradition in the Bay area, just celebrating its 30th anniversary. The show has been instrumental in elevating the appreciation of ethnographic arts in the United States and has a long-standing relationship with many esteemed Bay area groups, such as The Friends of Ethnic Art and the de Young Museum. It is the natural partner for the American Indian Art Show|Marin.These two shows have traditionally taken place in February each year and, now under the same umbrella, they will occur on consecutive weekends, creating the San Francisco Tribal Art Week. The shows will be synchronized to create an international destination for dealers and collectors to share and experience a gathering of the most magnificent Tribal and American Indian art available. In the coming months, events will be coordinated to enhance the experience of visiting the beautiful San Francisco area.  Gallery tours, views of private or rarely seen collections, culinary excursions of the nearby renowned wine and cheese areas are all some of the events that will be part of this special week. It will be an exciting week, so please consider participating in both shows.

Behind the Scenes Tour at the California Academy of Sciences!

Get a glimpse behind the scenes at the California Academy of Sciences with a visit to the Anthropology collection.  Comprised of nearly 16,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, this collection spans the globe, with strengths from the U.S. Southwest and the Pacific Islands, and historic basketry from California.
Location: Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
Tour Times: February 16, at 11 am and 2 pm
Cost: Tour is included with show admission, advance registration is required
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Pending and Past Legislation and Their Effects on the Tribal Art World

In response to the 2016 Safeguard Tribal Objects of Patrimony Act (STOP Act) and in anticipation of a new 2017 STOP Act, the panel will discuss the work being done to ensure that new legislation doesn't taint the entire Indian art market, harm local economies, and reduce income to tribal artisans. They will explain how tribal art dealers can work together with tribes on voluntary donations of sacred and ceremonial objects, establish positive relationships and explore new paths for communication between tribes and the arts community.

Moderator: Kim Martindale
Panelists: Mark Blackburn, Kate Fitz Gibbon and Bob Gallegos.

Location: Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
Dates: Saturday, February 18th | 1pm
Cost: Entrance is included with show admission.
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OPEN HOUSE for Marin Show vendors and visitors !

• Art Exhibition • Curator’s introduction • Meet the Collectors • Rock Art talk • Native American Snacks
Museum of the American Indian, 2200 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA, 94947, Saturday, February 18, 6:30-8:00 pm.
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Navajo copper squash blossom necklace,
c. 1890
Zuni necklace,
c. 1935-40
Mary Kallestewa,
c. 1940s
Leo Poblano,
c. 1945
Kenneth Begay silver and ironwood necklace,
c. 1955

The History of Southwest Indian Jewelry from Mid 19th Century Through the 1950’s
when the Name-Driven Marketplace Began

Steve and Diana Begner of Turkey Mountain Traders will share stories and images of the history and traditions of Southwest jewelry.
Location: Marin Civic Center, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael
Date: February 19th | 10am
Cost: Free
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2016 Lectures & Symposia

Nampeyo Firing, 1901, Vroman Adam Clark
Vroman Photograph. Smithsonian. 
Nampeyo, 1903. Photograph by Homer Earle Sargent, Jr.
Library of Congress.

In Search Of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875 – 1892.
Author Steve Elmore reviews his art-history research on the early work of the great Hopi potter Nampeyo. This talk will detail findings in the Keam collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum and tell the story of Nampeyo's early career through a careful study of the earliest known collection of her work. Steve Elmore is the author of the book "In Search of Nampeyo: The Early Years 1875 – 1892."

Special Exhibit, 2015
"Yesterday and Today" will compare 150 historic - seldom displayed - California Indian baskets from the Collection of the California Academy of Sciences with 45 contemporary baskets created by CIBA Master Weavers.

A major traveling exhibition of California Indian basketry, "Yesterday and Today," will premier at "Art of the Americas" in Marin, February 20 – 22, 2015. The exhibition will demonstrate that California Indian basketry is the finest art ever produced in our state.

"Yesterday and Today" is designed and produced by the California Indian Basketweavers' Association (CIBA) in collaboration with the California Academy of Sciences and KR Martindale Show Management.

The 31st Annual Marin Show - Art of the Americas

Yesterday & Today See the Exhibition

Basket Weavers at Academy of Sciences

Special Exhibits 2014  

The 30th Annual Marin Show - Art of the Americas

The Master Weavers of the Toadlena
Two Grey Hills Region