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Twenty-Eighth Annual Navajo Weaving Auction to Benefit the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Collections

October 8, 2013

Twenty-Eighth Annual Navajo Weaving Auction to Benefit

the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Collections

More than 100 Navajo weavings, antique and contemporary, from all areas of the reservation will be on display and for sale at the Twenty-Eighth Annual Navajo Rug Silent Auction, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat., Oct. 19, in the lobby of the Denver Post Building, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. This is a great opportunity to purchase quality weavings at reasonable prices and help preserve one of the finest weaving collections in the world. Jackson Clark, weaving expert and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, Durango, will give a lecture on the history of Navajo weaving from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. and offer a guided walk through of the rugs on auction. The event is coordinated and held by Toh-Atin Gallery to raise money to support the preservation of the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History’s collections.                

According to Clark, "This year’s auction will include a dozen of eighty-year-old Mae Morgan’s small and popular hand spun Navajo rugs."  Other rugs and wall hangings include Two Grey Hills, Teec Nos Pos, Ganado, Burnham, Shiprock and more. Jackson adds, “While the number of weavers continues to decline, the quality of these collectible weavings has never been higher.”

“Navajo weaving,” according to Clark, “is one of America’s oldest art forms. Created first as wearing blankets more than 300 years ago, they have evolved to a sought after form of art that now decorates homes and businesses around the world.”

Throughout the day Clark will offer free informal weavings evaluations for those who would like to learn the value of their weavings and Ben Leroux of Southwestern Textile Restoration will offer rug repair and cleaning estimates. The Clark family and museum volunteers will be on-hand throughout the day to answer questions and talk about the weavings.

At 5 p.m., the highest bids win the weavings and winners can pick up their pieces. If not present, the pieces can be shipped to the winners. Any weaving that does not have a bid can be purchased at any time during the event by paying 20 percent over the minimum, it can be taken home at that time by the bidder.

For more information contact Toh-Atin Gallery, 1-800-525-0384.

Parking is available next to the Denver Post building on Cleveland, at the Sheraton on 15th Street, or at any downtown lot, you can then take the free 16th Street shuttle to Cleveland and walk south.

 

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