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Navajo Weaving Silent Auction to Benefit the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History Collections

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Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 10:30am to 5:00pm
Denver Post Building, 101 W. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80202

This is the 28th year for this event! For more information on the auction contact the Toh-Atin Gallery, 1-800-525-0384.

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. 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.”

Throughout the day Clark will offer free informal weavings evaluations 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.

Jackson Clark, Toh-Atin Gallery. Ben Leroux of Southwestern Textile Restoration.