As one judge observed, “We were pleased to see the variety and depth of artwork entered for jurying at this year’s market. We were especially moved by new and bold directions some of the artists are taking with their creations.”
Thirty-three artists entered over 70 unique and creative works on May 1 at the Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum.
Competition categories include basketry, textiles, jewelry, sculpture/carving, beadwork, two-dimensional, pottery, and a catch-all category, miscellaneous. Place ribbons and monetary awards were given for adult and youth divisions.
Winner in the two-dimensional category is Gilmore Scott of Montezuma Creek for “Our Mother;” Gilmore Scott, second; Edwin Whitesinger, third; and Robert Manygoats, honorable mention.
Winner in pottery is Nancy Ann Chilly of Waterflow, NM for “Swirling Yei” jar; Leo Blackhorse of Bluff, second; Leo Blackhorse, third; and Chris Blackhorse of Bluff, honorable mention.
In jewelry, first place to Ramon Dalangyawma of Hotevilla, AZ for dragonfly belt buckle; second to Leonard Haskie; third to Sabrina Abeyta; and honorable mention to Howard Dennis, Jr.
Sculpture/carving award to Dennis Ross Yazzie of Cortez, CO, for “Corn People;” second to Howard Dennis, Jr.; Dinah Baca Rosetta is third; and honorable mention to Ila Lou Lomawaima.
Peggy Black of Mexican Hat, is first and second place in basketry for “Turtle/Eagle Basket” and “Ceremonial.” Gerald Rosetta of Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM is first place in beadwork for his Mini Breastplate Choker.
Sylvia Begaye of Fort Defiance, AZ is first and second place in textiles for her miniature pictorial rug and a handwoven bag.
In the miscellaneous category, first place to Richard Honyouti of Hotevilla, AZ for carved and painted cedar chest; second to Judy Lewis; third to Matthew Tafoya; and honorable mention to Sylvia Begaye.
In the youth division, Shandiin Yazzie of Cortez, CO was awarded both first place and honorable mention for her drawings, “Fancy Dancer” and “Horse.” Quanah John won second and third place ribbons.
The Judges’ Choice award to Dennis Ross Yazzie of Cortez, CO for his “Corn People” carving. Curator’s Choice to Sabrina Abeyta of Santo Domingo Pueblo, NM for her “Snowgoose Maiden” necklace of handmade shell and stone beads.
In the adult division, Best of Show went to Gilmore Scott of Montezuma Creek, for his painting “Our Mother.” Best of Show in youth division to Shandiin Yazzie of Cortez, CO for her drawing “Fancy Dancer.”
Edge of the Cedars thanks judges Dave Manley of Durango, CO, David K. John of Kayenta, AZ, and Georgiana Simpson of Bluff. They also thank their supporters and sponsors that help make the Four Corners Indian Art Market a success.
Supporters include San Juan Travel Council, Utah State Parks, National Park Service, Lawrence Guymon of Four Corners Inn, Sharon Guymon of Homestead Steakhouse, Clayton Long of Blue Mt. Diné, Cedar Mesa Pottery of Blanding, Hunt’s Trading Post of Blanding, Twin Rocks Trading Post of Bluff, Cow Canyon Trading Post of Bluff, and Recapture Inn of Bluff.
Among the many volunteers who contributed talent, time, and energy are Nancy Verling, Phil Gazon, Kathy Huppe, Sherry Ray, Hollie Brown, Kyle Bauman, Steve, Maurine, and KiLee Tanner, Dave Manley, and Anita Hathale. A special thanks to Todd Overbye of Hovenweep and Hannah Plemmons and staff of Canyonlands for running the children’s activities. Many thanks to all of the artists and performers, many of whom traveled great distances to make this weekend a success.
The next Four Corners Indian Art Market is scheduled for Saturday, May 7, 2011.