The PLEIN Truth Exhibit Celebration

Coral Bean Boulders by Terri Gay

Sonoran Plein Air Painters Exhibit Celebration

The PLEIN Truth Exhibit Celebration

Saturday, September 24, 2022, 1:00 pm

Experience the Exhibit Now through October 31, 2022

Join Amerind and the Sonoran Plein Air Painters on Saturday, September 24 for “The Plein Truth” Exhibit Celebration. At 1:00 pm, artists Emely McConkey and Denyse Fenelon will provide a talk discussing the art and artists within the exhibit “The PLEIN Truth,” as well as share the triumphs and difficulties of plein air painting.

After the talk, explore The PLEIN Truth exhibit, which captures the challenges met by an array of artist members of the Sonoran Plein Air Painters based in southern Arizona. This group shares the joys and anguish of “chasing shadows,” shares techniques and ideas, and raises the skill levels of its members through group PaintOuts, workshops, demonstrations, and encouragement.

This event is included with regular Museum admission.

Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Coral Bean Boulders by Terri Gay

Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Plein Air Art Demonstration at Amerind with the Sonoran Plein Air Painters

Saturday, October 15, 2022, 10:00 am

Talent and creativity will be in action at the Amerind Museum campus on Saturday, October 15. At 10:00 am join the Sonoran Plein Air Painters for a demonstration during a Paint Out. Watch artist Terri Gay as she soaks in the beauty of the Amerind Museum’s campus and explains her artistic process. After the demonstration, explore the Sonoran Plein Air Painters exhibit, “The PLEIN Truth,” on display in Amerind’s Art Gallery. Once the artists have finished their paintings, many will be included in a “wet paint sale,” in which you will be able to purchase the art created that morning.

Sonoran Plein Air Painters are a group of artists dedicated to plein air painting (the act of painting outdoors), inspired by the Sonoran Desert, friendship, learning, and sharing. The group is based in Tucson, holding regular paint outs, promoting education, and fellowship. Involved artists participate in various group shows throughout the year.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk – The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O’odham)

Black and white photo of Dwayne Manuel wearing a fore arm cover with spikes and holing paint brushes with his hand

The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O'odham)

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

The Art of Dwayne Manuel (O’odham)

Saturday, June 25, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Sponsored by Desert Diamond Casinos

Dwayne Manuel is from the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. He graduated from the infamous Desert Eagle Secondary School, located in Salt River, Arizona in 2002. Attending Scottsdale Community College briefly after high school, he would then go on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the prestigious Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010. Dwayne then attended the University of Arizona School of Art where he received a Master of Fine Arts in 2014. Manuel currently teaches painting and drawing at the Tohono O’odham Community College at the Sells, Arizona and Phoenix campuses. In his professional art career, Dwayne has collaborated and been commissioned by organizations such as Nike, Salt River Courts, The New Arizona Prize, The Cheyenne River Youth Project, Tucson Museum of Art, Mesa Arts Center, and the Children’s Museum Tucson.

To register, visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline062522

Plein Air Workshop with Maria Arvayo

Painting by Maria Arvayo showing the Amerind Campus, with desert grass, boulders and Dragoon Mountains

Amerind Plein Air Workshop with Maria Arvayo graphic with a painting by Arvayo showing the desert grass, boulders, and mountains of Texas Canyon

Amerind Plein Air Workshop with Maria Arvayo

Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, 2022

9:00 am-12:00 pm and 2:00 pm-5:00 pm each day

Immerse yourself in art and the landscape of Texas Canyon during Amerind’s Plein Air Workshop with artist Maria Arvayo. During this workshop, participants will create two different scenes over two days, using the painting medium of their choice (oils, acrylic, watercolor, or pastel). Participants should have some experience with drawing and painting, and are required to bring their own supplies. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am each day, breaking at 12:00 pm for lunch, and resuming at 2:00 pm

Maria Arvayo is a painter and member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. She works and lives in Tucson and enjoys being outside creating images of the local southwestern landscape. Maria works in a variety of painting media including, oil, acrylic, encaustic, watercolor and pastel. She has taught locally with different art organizations as well as privately.

Cost: $75 per member and $100 per non-member

Cost with two lunches included: $115 per member and $140 per non-member

Cost with meals and overnight accommodations: $290 per member and $315 per non-member (includes one overnight stay at the Fulton Seminar House, one breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner)

To register contact Annie Larkin at 520-686-1336 or by email at [email protected]

Free Online Artist Talk – Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Photo of Duane Maktima wearing a red shirt and metalsmithing apron

Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Jewelry of the Southwest: Evolution of Southwest Jewelry-Design and Influences-Synopsis and Metaphors of the Past and Present with Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna Pueblo)

Saturday, May 28, 2022, 11:00 am Arizona Time

Like most contemporary Puebloan Artisans, I live in two worlds. As a Designer Craftsman I have often wondered, what are the phenomenal influences and passions for both the craftsmen and consumer when it comes to the creation of Southwestern Native-influenced jewelry? This legacy has been passed on from time immemorial and holds significant purpose. Yet like other material objects, it can be exploited and become an industry.  As a contemporary Artist-Designer-Craftsman, I will share my perspective formed through my experiences and Puebloan heritage, exploring what this cultural art form represents to the Indigenous peoples of the Southwest. The “Indian Jewelry” look has seemed to become a typical “look,” a representational “given” of the Southwestern Native Peoples, and one of its most stereotypical art forms. In histories, it was something of unique spiritual value and purpose, both in trade and identity of the ancient peoples. During the presentation I will share my views on this subject, hoping to bring awareness and appreciation to this legacy that many Native Peoples who live in a Two World moment of time, hold as a spiritual gift and blessing. This progression through the evolution of materials, such as precious metals and stones, is the ultimate testimony that the “Creative Spirit of our Ancestors” lives on through our hands.  Most of all it is another testimony of Indigenous survival to sustain our integrity to be sovereign and culturally sound, in a world of which is moving too fast for its own good.

Duane Maktima is master jeweler-metalsmith who is a graduate of Northern Arizona University’s College of Creative Arts. Duane is an award winning jeweler with nearly 40 years as a working artist. In addition to selling in the best galleries, his pieces are held by several museums, including Amerind’s.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline052822

Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings with Terry DeWald

Close-up image of basket with round pattern in center and petal shaped patterns emerging from the center design

Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings with Terry DeWald

Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings with Terry DeWald

Saturday, March 19, 2022

10:00 am-4:00 pm

Join Terry DeWald of Terry DeWald American Indian Art for a Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings Trunk Show. The show will feature Navajo weavings, vintage baskets from California, the greater southwest, and contemporary Tohono O’odham baskets.

DeWald has been a prominent dealer, lecturer, appraiser, and author of Native American art for more than 40 years. At 11:00 am, DeWald will give a presentation that will examine Vintage Basketry and Navajo Weavings. This event is included with regular Museum admission.

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

A turquoise and white piece of Mata Ortiz pottery

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale graphic with a piece of turquoise and white pottery

Mata Ortiz Pottery Show and Sale

Friday-Sunday, February 18-20, 2022

10:00 am-4:00 pm each day

Take a trip to Amerind and witness the talent of pottery artists Hector Gallegos Jr., Laura Bugarini, and Cesar Bugarini from Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico. The artists will conduct demonstrations, firings (weather permitting), and offer their exquisite ceramic vessels for sale. This event is included with regular admission.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk: Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Weaving by Navajo Master Weaver Lynda Teller Pete, with geometric shapes in lavender, white, and light brown.

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Writing our Stories with Diné (Navajo) Master Weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete

Saturday, March 19, 2022, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

Amerind welcomes Diné (Navajo) master weavers Barbara Teller Ornelas and Lynda Teller Pete for the free online talk, “Writing our Stories.” Fifth-generation weavers who grew up at the fabled Two Grey Hills trading post, Barbara and Lynda are considered among the very most skillful and artistic of Diné weavers today. During their presentation Barbara and Lynda will discuss the experience of writing their book “Spider Woman’s Children,” a work delving into the realm of Diné weaving.

Barbara Jean Teller Ornelas is a fifth-generation Master Navajo Weaver and culture bearer, raised near the famed Two Grey Hills Trading Post on the Navajo Nation. Her father, Sam Teller (1918–2000), was a Navajo trader for thirty-two years, and her mother, Ruth Teller (1928–2014), was a weaver, gardener, quilter and photographer. When Teller Ornelas was ten, her paternal grandmother dreamt that her granddaughter would become a great weaver who shared their traditions around the world. Fifty-six years later, Teller Ornelas has not only honed her artistry as a Two Grey Hills weaver, but shared it with audiences internationally in the form of workshops, lectures, and exhibitions.

For Teller Ornelas, weaving is a living thing, and she uses her weavings to tell stories—a legacy passed down by her great-grandfather, a Keeper of Stories who was a prisoner of war at Bosque Redondo after the U.S. military forcibly relocated the Navajo people in 1863. Teller Ornelas is herself a survivor of two U.S. government residential schools—institutions which aimed to eradicate Navajo culture. In the face of this, she has dedicated her life to preserving and innovating Navajo weaving. Her designs reference both her matrilineal traditions and lived experience. As a teacher, she has shared her knowledge with students from Arizona, to Peru, to Uzbekistan, building solidarity with other indigenous peoples. Today, her mission is to connect Navajo people in her own cultural ecosystem with their heritage by passing on this crucial ancestral knowledge, and nurturing new generations of Navajo weavers.

Navajo tapestry weaver Lynda Teller Pete was born into the Tábąąhá (Water Edge Clan) and born for the Tó’aheedlíinii (Two Waters Flow Together Clan).  Originally from the Two Grey Hills, Newcomb, NM areas of the Navajo Nation.  She lives in Denver with her husband Belvin Pete. Weaving is a legacy in the Teller family. For over seven generations, her family has produced award-winning rugs in the traditional Two Grey Hills regional style. Along with her weaving, Lynda is collaborating with fiber art centers, museums, universities, fiber guilds and other art venues to educate the public about Navajo history and the preservation of Navajo weaving traditions. Lynda and her sister Barbara wrote Spider Woman’s Children, Navajo Weavers Today in 2018. This book is the first book written about Navajo weavers by Navajo weavers since the time of Spanish and colonial contacts. Lynda has also collaborated with three authors on the book, Navajo Textiles: The Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in 2016. Lynda has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in Public Programs from Arizona State University.  Lynda and Barbara’s new book “How To Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman” published by Thrums Books/Schiffer Publishing is now available.

From the age of six, when Lynda was officially introduced to weaving, instilled the belief that beauty and harmony should be woven into every rug. “In our Teller family, we regard weaving as our life’s work. Weaving represents our connection to the universe. It is our stories, our prayers, and our songs that are told, chanted, sung, and preserved in the weaving motions. Every weaver has stories to tell about his or her weaving, and every weaving has stories to tell about the weaver: the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the signature styles. And each weaver is unique. I touch tapestries woven by my grandmothers, my mother, my sisters, my cousins, my niece, my nephew, my granddaughter, my grandson and I see their hands strumming the warps. I hear the resonating beats of their weaving combs, and without seeing them, I know who is weaving just by the sound of their beats. I see tears, fears, and joy, and I hear laughter, soothing words of comfort, and loud congratulatory cheers. Unlike our elder Navajo weavers, people will know our names; they will see our faces, know our stories, and they will hear our songs and our prayers on each tapestry that we create.” Today, Lynda Teller Pete continues to carry this weaving tradition.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline031922

Free Online Artist Talk – “Collaborating with Place” with Artist Shawn Skabelund

Shawn Skabelund

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

“Collaborating with Place” with Artist Shawn Skabelund

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

The landscapes I live in become my studio, not as subject matter to draw or paint, but to observe and look, discovering materials that I can collect in order to create new “landscapes” and forms. As someone with three degrees in drawing, I will discuss the trajectory of my career and my creative process in creating site-specific, place-based installations.

Shawn Skabelund is an artist, educator and independent curator based in Flagstaff, AZ, working with and in specific landscapes to reveal their complex issues, ecologies and cultural histories. Shawn grew up in the small logging town of McCall, ID, in the mountains of Payette National Forest. His fondest childhood memories were of days picking huckleberries, which would become the root of his creative process. He received his MFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of Iowa in 1990 and his BFA in Drawing from Utah State University in 1987.

For three decades, Skabelund’s creative research and place-based craft and practice have focused on what Wendell Berry calls “the unsettling of America,” and how historical and contemporary Manifest Destiny have impacted specific landscapes and cultures in the United States. In particular, he is interested in the ecological consequences of anthropogenic climate change and for the past decade he has been exploring human’s relationship with Earth, and the planet’s relationship with fire, both in its origin and now in its destruction, and understanding the pyrocene and the interaction between our addiction to fossil fuels and natural fire.

Skabelund’s projects have been commissioned and funded by organizations including the Arizona Commission on the Arts, The Puffin Foundation, The Contemporary Forum of the Phoenix Art Museum, the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, Bandelier National Monument and Northern Arizona University’s College of Arts & Letters and School of Music, and the Martin-Springer Institute. His recent work has been developed as an artist-in-residence, resulting in large-scale installations and/or performative art actions in collaboration with community engagement and partnership. Such projects have unfolded throughout the American West, from Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico to the Wrangell Mountains Center, McCarthy, Alaska and from the Volland Store, Alma, Kansas to BoxoProjects, Joshua Tree, CA. The projects he has helped plan and the exhibitions he has curated have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Work grants, the Joint Fire Science Program, Southwest Fire Science Consortium, and the Landscape Conservation Initiative.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline103021

Free Online Artist Talk – Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

Photo Of Debra Edgerton

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk - Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

Amerind Free Online Artist Talk

Under the Microscope: Using Process to Develop Visual Voice with Artist Debra Edgerton

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 11:00 am – Arizona Time

I’ve always been fascinated by the power of water. From fear to reverence, water contains a multi-layered narrative that connects all organisms to a living planet. Most conversation concerning water center around how human-kind is affected by its contamination or depletion. Water is life-giving and life-sustaining but there is less regard for most life living through it.

I started basic research on freshwater ecosystems in 2019. It culminated in the group exhibition, Parched, about general water issues. However, my vision for dissemination could not be achieved because of the demands for shared space and my own truncated research. Because we live in a time of climate severity, water depletion, and skepticism in science, I am continuing my vision of connecting art and science to give visual voice to an area most of the public will not engage. The art developmental process echoes how I feel about the multi-faceted issues of water. My presentation looks behind the scenes in the crafting of an idea and what it takes to bring it to life.

Debra Edgerton an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University. She received her two MFAs in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and Interdisciplinary Art at Vermont College. Her art practice addresses cultural identity, perception, imprinting of memory, displacement, and water issues. Edgerton’s recent artwork recontextualizes grief and loss for women of color. The spectacle of grief in media overshadows quiet despair, empathy, and humanity. She uses art as a mechanism to explore how we process information and its effect on emotional connections.

Ms. Edgerton currently is extending her research into algae and microorganisms and how the beginning of the fresh water aquatic food web can be studied for environmental and climate issues.

This online program is free, but space is limited. To register visit: https://bit.ly/AmerindOnline101621