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Volume 6, Issue 2

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OLD FRIENDS CELEBRATE A GREAT IACA MARKET

The IACA Wholesale market provides a place

where buying and selling of the finest in Ameri-

can Indian Art happens. But, it is also a place

where old friends gather to learn more about the

American Indian Art industry, to enjoy the

company of the many valuable friends in the

business, and to celebrate the IACA Artist of

the Year.

This year, in our

Business of Arts Seminar

, Nina

Alexander, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, pro-

vided valuable insights into phony American

Indian work falsely labeled as authentic, and

what steps are being take to shut down people

who do this. Participants of this session learned

how to properly label their goods so as not to

run afoul of federal regulations when selling

American Indian Art.

The high point of every market is when the

IACA Artist of the Year is announced. That

honor not only goes to the artist, but to the fam-

ily and the kids of the artist. This year was no

different as Shane Hendren shared the honors

with his beautiful daughters. (See opposite.)

Unfortunately, as with many markets, declining

sales and attendance have forced the Board of

Directors to suspend hosting future markets.

Over the years, the IACA wholesale markets

have provided the industry with a tremendous

opportunity to purchase the finest authentic

American Indian Art in a private and friendly

environment that was pretty much exclusive to

IACA members. They provided buyers an inex-

pensive way to stock their shelves with an

amazing array of the very finest in American

Indian art. They provided a place to learn, a

place to exchange ideas and meet new friends in

the industry.

The IACA wholesale markets always were in-

tended to of great benefit to IACA members of

every sector, including Artists, Retailers and

Wholesalers. The markets truly are historic, but

we have to find a way to make them viable if we

want to continue to hold them. Board members

welcome any and all comments and ideas and

are open to bringing this important feature back

for IACA members should a solution to the

declining attendance be found.

The IACA Wholesale market con-

sistently assembles exceptional tal-

ent.

Many renowned artists gathered

for this year’s market, including many

IACA Artists of the year: Caroline

Carpio; Cliff Fragua; Shane Hendren;

Al Joe; Michael Kirk (represented by

daughter Elizabeth); and Mary Small.

Because of its extensive history,

the market is a place where nos-

talgia is always present.

Veteran

member, Jackson Clark, who par-

ticipated in the very first ever

IACA wholesale market, shared

tales of the old days.

It also provides an opportunity for

shared knowledge.

Here Martin

Seidel shares his knowledge about

turquoise and the ways in which artifi-

cial turquoise is made today. Martin

from Golden Fleece Trading Compa-

ny, is perhaps the top expert today

when it comes to the subject of tur-

quoise. Martin provided a great learn-

ing experience.

And there is always fun at the

IACA market.

Here, artist Adri-

en Wall and his gang rocks out at

the Artist of the Year Banquet.

(That is renowned sculptor Cliff

Fragua hiding behind the drums.)

This is one more thing that made

these historic markets special.

Please share your thoughts and ideas

with us. It only takes a few minutes to

let us know how you feel at

whatdoyouthink@iaca.com

.