Enhance your holidays with wonderful Native-themed ornaments hand-crafted by American Indian artists from the Heard Museum Shops during this annual event! Choose from hundreds of various ornaments in different art forms for yourself or for unique holiday gifts. Several Native artists will be offering ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads.
Ornament prices vary. Admission to the Heard Museum Shop is always free (museum admission additional).
This year’s featured artist is jeweler Vernon Begaye (Navajo), who will create only 30 editions of the 2016 Ornament Marketplace signature ornament. These naja-inspired sterling silver ornaments, set with turquoise and spiny oyster, will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of the marketplace, Friday, Nov. 25, for $200 apiece, first come, first served.
Vernon Begaye was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in northern Arizona. He has been actively making jewelry since 1974 and learned the techniques of silversmithing from his father, Jimmy Begaye. Vernon Begaye is well known for his contemporary gold and silver tufa cast jewelry. He has also produced mosaic inlay jewelry and beadwork. Some of his favorite design elements include abstract forms and bears.
A participating artist in the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market for several years, Vernon Begaye created the bolo tie that was part of the raffle for the 2015 Moondance at the Heard gala.
So stock up on holiday ornaments, jewelry, pottery, baskets, books and much more at the Heard Museum Shops on Black Friday, Saturday and Sunday!