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Katie McClain Richarme

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Our Mission         Illuminate and Celebrate

The culture and traditions of a people are most vividly represented and communicated in their artistic expressions.  Our mission is to serve as a window into the art of the Native American peoples who first settled North America tens of thousands of years ago, with our main focus the art and people of the American Southwest. We try to faithfully tell the stories of these peoples, whose creative souls are embodied in each piece art.

Our Beliefs           Authenticity and Support

As an art gallery, we act as an intermediary between artists and art lovers, and facilitate fair and honest transactions.  We have a dual responsibility to accurately represent the artists and their works, and also to provide assurance to art lovers that what they acquire for their collections is authentic and true.  We spend countless hours doing research on specific pieces, particularly those pieces which are not acquired directly from the artists, or those pieces for which the artist is no longer with us.  We ask a lot of questions, both from published sources and from our network of fellow gallery owners.  We are strong believers in the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644) which strictly regulates and enforces authenticity of Native American arts and crafts and attempts to curtail the massive importation of fake and misrepresented items.

As part of our mission, we also financially support Native American organizations that build strength and knowledge among their artists.  We believe a strong and vital artist community benefits not only the artists directly involved, but also other members of their communities.  We are business members of IPCC (Indian Pueblo Cultural Center), SWAIA (Southwestern Association for Indian Arts), and ATADA (Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association), and also support the Adopt a Native Elder program, Zuni Pueblo MainStreet Festival, The Zuni Show, and a number of museums in the Southwest which highlight Native American art and artists.  We try to spread the word through multiple social media outlets about ways in which people can show their direct or indirect support for this vibrant piece of our North American heritage.

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