Celebrate the holidays with handcrafted art at Heard Museum marketplace

The Heard Museum’s annual Ornament Marketplace returns Nov. 25-27, offering a wide selection of hand-crafted Native holiday ornaments in a variety of price ranges.

With ornaments at a variety of price ranges, anyone from collectors to those seeking gifts for cherished others can find unique works that portray traditional or holiday themes.

2016 signature ornament by Navajo jewelry artist Vernon Begaye. (submitted photo)

2016 signature ornament by Navajo jewelry artist Vernon Begaye. (submitted photo)

Several Native artists will be offering ornaments featuring carved wood, miniature baskets, pottery and beads, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26, and on 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a press release.

The Heard Museum is located at 2301 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix.

Visitors will be also able to purchase decorated wreaths as well as books and other gifts made by Native artists, as well as enjoy live music performances across the three days of the Ornament Marketplace.

This year’s featured artist is Vernon Begaye (Navajo), who has created only 30 editions of the 2016 Ornament Marketplace signature ornament: A traditional naja embellished with spiny oyster shell and turquoise from various Nevada mines, stamped with traditional Navajo designs.

They will go on sale at 9:30 a.m. on the first day of the marketplace, Friday, Nov. 25, for $200 apiece, the release stated.

Mr. Begaye is well known for his contemporary gold and silver tufa cast jewelry. A participating artist in the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market for many years, Mr. Begaye has also produced mosaic inlay jewelry and beadwork. Some of his favorite design elements include abstract forms and bears.

More information may be found at http://heard.org/event/ornament-marketplace/.

Marketplace attendance is free – museum admission is additional — and no sales tax is charged for purchases from the Heard Museum Shop.

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