Fremont County Native artists prepare for coming August #wyoclipse
Coverage of the August 2017 solar eclipse is brought to you by Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel.
Many local Native American artists attended a free Marketing Indian Art Workshop yesterday at the Frank B. Wise building in Fort Washakie. Native artists from all genres attended the workshop put together by Lorre Hoffman of the Wind River Development Fund and Jackie Dorothy of the Wind River Hotel & Casino.
Nina C. Alexander, Special Project Manager of the Indian Arts and Crafts Board, presented an interactive workshop and a planning session for the upcoming August solar eclipse.
With Fremont county being in the direct path of the eclipse, Native Artists are preparing for what they expect to be a huge opportunity for Indian Art Marketing of handmade and handcrafted arts & crafts.
“Make sure you know the history of the eclipse, be the ‘answer man,’ decide what level of artist you are,” Alexander said. She continued, “Let buyers see the intricate work put into your art. Art sells because of the story.”
Native Artists and community learned about the Federal laws to protect Native American Artists Authenticity.
“I would have never had this opportunity to see this area if not for the job I have,” Alexander stated. “I had the honor to see Sacajawea’s grave and learned more about the Sand Creek Massacre. What an honor….” she continued as emotions showed upon her face.
Goals, issues, and things to do, were the focus of learning new information and skills brought by the workshop.
Maker Space 307 invited and encouraged all to learn, create, and invent. Artists were encouraged to get business cards, set up websites, and prepare for what the August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse means for the Wind River Indian Reservation area.
Another meeting for all Native American artists will be scheduled in two weeks. For further information, contact the Wind River Development Fund at 307-335-3848.
h/t Darrah Perez