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VisitWisconsinBadgercountry,andofalthings, youwildiscovera
wonderfulplacecaledKaty’sAmericanIndianArtsandawarmwelcome
fromownerKatySchales,anIACAmembersince1987.
AftersixyearsofteachingmiddlescholinLasCruces,NewMexico, Katy
packedtwosuitcasesofIndianJewelryandsetupshopinherparents’
antiquestoreinWaunake, Wisconsin.
KatyfiguredthatbecauseIndianjewelrywasn’twelknownoutsideof
ArizonaandNewMexico, therewasanopportunitytofocusonintroducing
andbuildingabusinesbasedonIndianjewelry.
Shebroughtenoughjewelrytofilone3-shelvedshowcaseandashelved
backwal.Katysays, “FlyingwaspretyinexpensiveandIwentbackand
forthtoNewMexico, shoppingeverythretofourmonths.Itwas1974,
duringthe‘bomyears.’”
SlowlyKaty’sbusinesgrewandin197, sheopenedthedorstoherownfirstshopinasmalspaceatthecornerofRegent
andAlenStretsinMadison, Wisconsin.Businescontinuedtogrow, andKatymadethemovetoMonroeStretand
oficialybecameknownasKaty’sAmericanIndianArts.
Inhernewlocation,KatyadedawiderangeofSouthwestartsandcrafts, butneverlostsightofherbeginings.Since
thosebeginnings, italwayshasbenimportantforhertorepresentartistswhomightnototherwisehavetheoportunity
toseltheirwork.Andtothisday, shecontinuestorepresentsubsequentgenerationsofthesameartiststhatshefirstrepresented
backin1977.
VisitKaty’sandyouwilfindanamazingarayofthebeautifulandtheunique.
Katy’sAmericanIndianArts
1817MonroeStret
Madison,WI5371
www.katysamericanindianarts.com
ByJoeZeler
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