Native artists invited to third annual festival at Main Street Square

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

RAPID CITY, SD – Great Plains Native artists are invited to apply to A Gathering of People, Wind and Water, a Native art market and cultural celebration on Saturday, July 18, 2015, at Main Street Square.

The event reinterprets the traditional art market and recognizes the historic cultural value of Native artists, creators and makers. Artistic categories reflect the cultures of the Great Plains and the way art functions for the people. Established and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

“I was so impressed with the attention to detail given to the entire show,” said Angela Babby, a Montana-based artist and 2014 Best in Show winner. “I have done many shows but this one was far and away the best organized and most entertaining.”

The 2015 event includes a Friday night artists’ reception at the Journey Museum and juried awards with more than $16,000 in prizes. Traditional and contemporary Native performances will take the stage at Main Street Square during the art market on Saturday, with a concert Saturday evening

In accordance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, participation in the Gathering is open to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes only, with preference given to artists from Great Plains tribes in accordance. Applications are due March 20. The cost is $80 per space. Registration fees for accepted artists are due on April 15. Lunch and water will be provided. No sales commission will be taken.

Artists may apply online before March 20 at NativeArtsGathering.org. Call 605.716.7979 or email nativeartsgathering@gmail.com for more information.

The 2014 Gathering of People, Wind and Water drew nearly 2,000 visitors and Main Street Square, a central gathering place in Downtown Rapid City, attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually.

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