Gallup, NM – Back for its second year, the Gallup Native Arts Market will take place August 9–11, with this year's event being presented in partnership with the Keshi Foundation — a nonprofit organization dedicated to benefiting the people of the Zuni Pueblo through arts and education. The three-day event will feature one-of-a-kind artwork, wares and demonstrations from the award-winning Native artisans and emerging artists in Downtown Gallup — known for its incredible Native American Art.
"It's an honor to partner with the Keshi Foundation for this year's Gallup Native Arts Market," said Jennifer Lazarz, Tourism and Marketing Manager for the City of Gallup. "Their involvement allows our event to have a significant impact in benefiting the people of the Zuni Pueblo, and creates a vibrant, cultural event that will be inspiring for artists, aspiring artists, art lovers, and all attendees. We invite everyone to visit Gallup, explore the incredible Native culture and art, and to support these immensely talented artists."
The Gallup Arts Market features the highest quality of Native Art and offers attendees to the chance to learn from artists in the very environment that has inspired and fostered artistic talent for generations. Many featured artists have won awards at the Gallup Inter-tribal Indian Ceremonial, the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA), the Heard Museum Show and more. There will be featured artists from Navajo/Diné, Zuni, San Felipe, Hopi, Jemez, Acoma, Mescalero Apache, Shawnee, and Santa Domingo, including Hopi katsina carver, Kevin Pochoema; Zuni jeweler, Charlotte Peina; highly collected Zuni fetish carver, Brian Yatsattie; Navajo Silversmith, Tommy Jackson, Jr.; Navajo Painter, Jimmy Abeita; and Acoma Pueblo potters, Flo and Lee Vallo.
"This show is a natural and synergetic partnership between the City of Gallup and the Keshi Foundation, and we're thrilled to collaborate with the 2nd Annual Gallup Native Arts Market this year," said Robin Dunlap, President of the Keshi Foundation. "In previous shows we have presented, we have had two goals: assist Zuni artists in the show process; educate and expose a larger public to the beauty of the Zuni culture, art, and people. This show is the perfect time to achieve both goals with exceptionally talented artists, and best of all, it's an opportunity to bring that experience closer to the Zunis' home in Gallup—only 35 miles from Zuni Pueblo."
The event is free and open to the public and will kick off on Thursday, August 9. The market will be open Thursday from 1–6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.–6 p.m.
In addition to the arts market, a visit to Gallup in August is the perfect time to enjoy an immersive, cultural vacation experience with Gallup Nightly Indian Dances taking place each night at 7 p.m. at the Courthouse Plaza, the Native Film Series taking place August 3–5, and the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial celebrating its 97th anniversary from August 3-12.