You Can Now Shop a Virtual Market From the Institute of American Indian Arts

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This year, the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a college in Santa Fe, New Mexico is continuing its annual holiday market tradition — but with an online twist. Throughout the holidays, it will be hosting the 2020 Virtual Holiday Art Market.

"This is a great opportunity to purchase handmade items made exclusively by IAIA artists," IAIA wrote on Instagram. "In a time when small businesses are being hit the hardest, it is especially important this year to shop small and shop local.⁣"

Since the holidays are quickly coming up, this market could be a great last-minute gift opportunity. Even if the item doesn't arrive in time, you can include a printed picture of it in your holiday card to show the receiver what they can look forward to.

To help you pick through all of the amazing IAIA artist offerings, we're including our current favorites down below.

1. Joeseph Arnoux Indigenous Bone Art, $220

Artist Joeseph Arnoux crafted this piece using bone from the butte cliffs of the Spokane Indian Reservation, where his family lives.

2. Tedra Begay Cactus Flowers - Photoweaving, $150

In addition to being an incredible photo of a blooming cactus flower, this piece is also woven together.

3. Selina Farmer Art Print of Horses In Southwestern Dust Storm, $12.34+

This piece was inspired by artist Selina Farmer's days growing up in the Southwestern desert.

4. Shannon Garcia Shinn Studios Tree Mug, $55

"Gray crackle glaze on carved ground support trees that emerge from white like a forest in the fog on vitrified white stoneware," writes artist Shannon Garcia, describing this handmade ceramic.

5. Kiera Lasiloo Floral Hummingbird Towel, $48

Artist Kiera Lasiloo proves that towels can also be art.

6. Essi Ramirez Things in My Kitchen Original Collage Painting, $25

This collage would be a lovely addition to any kitchen or dining area.

8. Shonto Begay Monument Symphony Print, $195+

"Into the theatre of ancient temples, the late light of the valley completes a beautiful, dusty play of dancing dust devils at the raven's setting," reads the description for this print.

To view all of the IAIA artists who are a part of this market, click here.


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