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Jewelry with Ernest and Veronica Benally

March 17, 2013 2:00 pm through 3:00 pm

Lecture Series focusing on Jewelry with Veronica and Earnest Benally, Diné jewelers. In the MIAC theater, seating is limited.

Ernest and Veronica Benally are both Diné (Navajo) jewelers. Ernest works with both silver and gold, and loves lapidary work. He is best known for his imaginative mosaic inlay work. Veronica approaches her jewelry designs with a motherly perspective, deeply rooted in her respect for her own family and culture. Her designs gleefully experiment with color combinations and materials, including gemstones and sterling, creating a unique, contemporary style of Native American jewelry.

 Ernest and Veronica have won many awards: Best of Show at the Intertribal Marketplace of the Southwest Museum in Los Angeles; first place in the jewelry class at the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix; Best of Show by the Southwest Indian Art Award of Excellence; and first and second place in the Santa Fe Indian Market Bracelet and Necklace divisions. They are easily counted among the best Navajo jewelers.

This series highlights artists in our newest exhibit "What's New in New: Recent Recent Acquisitions"

This exhibition highlights new additions to the MIAC/LAB collections from recent years. The focus is on modern and contemporary Native art including paintings, monotypes, pottery and sculpture ranging from 1968 to 2012. Approximately 35 works will be featured representing artists such as Samuel Manymules, Marla Allison, David Bradley, Ambrose Atencio, Ross Chaney and Fritz Scholder.  

FREE admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID, and always free admission for 16 and younger, and MNMF members.