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The 24th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market (PIAM) is fast approaching the weekend of September 17-18 on the grounds of Sharlot Hall Museum. Museum staff look forward to our guests experiencing more than 100 juror artists who bring their best works to this year’s event.
The weekend is packed with experiences: visual arts, performing arts, community arts experiences for kids, and culinary arts showcasing Indigenous foods. The event celebrates the arts and culture of the native tribes of our region – many of these artisan families have been attending for years and are eager to welcome new guests and return. All artwork follows guidelines established by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (PL 101-644) by the U.S. Department of the Interior, ensuring items are authentically handcrafted by Native Americans and for PIAM.
This year’s featured artist is Marilyn Ray, an Acoma Pueblo potter known for her whimsical storytellers and figurines. She was inspired and mastered her art by the early teachings of her grandmother, Dolores S. Sanchez. Marilyn’s studio and home is located in Acoma, Sky City, where she creates her beautiful pieces for everyone to enjoy.
Her art has evolved over the years and she is now known as one of the master potters of Acoma Pueblo. Plus, if you become a new member, renew or upgrade your Museum membership, you’ll automatically be entered to win an original artwork by featured artist Marilyn Ray.
Musical and cultural performances will be presented throughout the weekend. Performances include flute and narration with Alex Maldonado, and songs and stories by Ed Kabotie. A new addition this year is Red Mountain Creations, featuring stories, songs and dance.
You can buy tickets online, speeding up your entry to PIAM – or of course buy in person at the Museum on market days. If you become a member by the dates of the Market, enjoy FREE entry to PIAM. Doors open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday.