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A collection of Mata Ortiz pottery from the Paquime Indians in Chihuahua, Mexico, is displayed in the showroom at the Sage Community Art Center for the third annual American Indian Art Show and Sale. The Sheridan Press | Justin SheelyA collection of Mata Ortiz pottery from the Paquime Indians in Chihuahua, Mexico, is displayed in the showroom at the Sage Community Art Center for the third annual American Indian Art Show and Sale. The Sheridan Press | Justin Sheely

American Indian art show, sale at Sagebrush

SHERIDAN — The Sagebrush Community Art Center is hosting an American Indian art show and sale that will continue through July 27. The show features drawings from Northern Arapahoe artist Robert Martinez and a variety of pieces on loan from the collection of Putt Thompson.

Thompson’s collection includes pieces from several tribes including Nez Perce, Crow, Sioux, Chippewa and Arapahoe. Many of the items are hand-beaded “flat bags” from the 1890s.

Additional pieces on display include world famous pottery made by artists of Mata Ortiz in Mexico. Eight pieces by eight different artists are on display and will be available for sale. Mata Ortiz pottery is handmade and considered some of the finest ceramic work in the world.

One special item on loan from Thompson is a large handmade drum that takes center stage on the showroom floor.

“This is really awesome,” said Jody Sauers, executive director at Sagebrush. “It is one piece of cottonwood hollowed out with a buffalo hide cover. It is made by Sonya Holy Eagle of Dakota Drum Company. It sounds so awesome.”

In addition to the show, an outdoor American Indian Art Market will be held in the parking lot of the center Friday from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring artwork for sale.

An artist’s reception will be held at the center Thursday from 4-6 p.m. Members of the public are welcome to attend the event.

The Sagebrush Community Art Center will be open special hours during Rodeo Week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on the show, contact the center at 674-1970.

 

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Christina Schmidt has worked at The Sheridan Press since August 2012. She covers a variety of feature stories as well as stories related to local schools.

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