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Native American Art show Saturday


Scott Hunter

A contestant at the 2016 show, having designed his large-scale painting, applies beads to the art to complete it in a fascinating process.

People interested in art and music can take advantage of a free event at North Dam Park this coming weekend.

The Third Annual Plateau Native American Art Show, showcasing beadwork, baskets, paintings, and more from around 20 different artists, will run this Saturday, Sept. 2, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., in North Dam Park in Grand Coulee.

The event, sponsored by the Northwest Native Development Fund, will feature live music from two flutists, Peter Ali and Tom Duke, as well as live art painting by Stefanie Rueben-Marchand.

Food vendors will also be there, including Cuatro Vientos, a Mexican cuisine food truck from Wellpinit; two snow cone machines; and more. Face painting will be available for children.

Each artists will submit one piece to be judged to try to win first, second, or third place and receive a plaque.

A people's choice award will also be given to an artist selected by those in attendance. Those attending will receive a coin they can place in a basket or bowl of their favorite artists. The artist with the most coins at the end of the day wins the people's choice award.

A wide variety of art will be shown, including beadwork, basketwork, glasswork, paintings, photographs, ledger art, and more.

The First Peoples Fund provided a grant to the NNDF to help with expenses such as the location fee, giving artists stipends to travel from far away, and the entertainment.

Part of the grant from the First Peoples Fund is to go toward a place for an art gallery the NNDF hopes to establish next spring which will be a space for art classes, networking, and artists' events.

There is no charge to attend the art show or to display your art there.

Artists who would like to sign up to display their work at the show can call the NNDF at 509-633-9940.

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