Durango, CO, October 26, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- More than 100 antique and contemporary Navajo weavings, from all areas of the reservation, will be on display and for sale at the 30th Annual Navajo Weaving Silent Auction, from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 7th, in the lobby of the Denver Post Building, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. Hosted by Toh-Atin Gallery, this is a great opportunity to purchase Native American rugs at reasonable prices and to help preserve one of the finest weaving collections in the world.
Jackson Clark, Native American weaving expert and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, Durango, will give a lecture on the history of Navajo weavings from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and offer a guided walk through of the Navajo rugs up for auction. This annual 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 Native American weavings.
"This year’s auction will include Navajo rugs and wall hangings from Two Grey Hills, Teec Nos Pos, Ganado, Burnham, Storm Patterns, Crystals, Wide Ruins, Pictorials, Yeis and more," Clark said. “While the number of weavers continues to decline, the quality of these collectible Native American 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 art form that now decorates homes and businesses around the world.”
Between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Clark will offer free informal weaving evaluations for those who would like to learn more about the value of their Navajo weavings. Ben Leroux, of Southwestern Textile Restoration, will offer Navajo rug repair and cleaning estimates throughout the day. The Clark family and museum volunteers will be on-hand all day to answer questions and to talk about the individual weavings.
Though the sale starts at 9:30, the lobby opens at 9 so perusal of the items can begin. At any point during the day, an item that has no bids on it can be bought outright for 20% above the minimum bid, with that 20% going directly to the University of Colorado Museum. If you bid on an item but can't stay until 5, they will "tend" the weaving for you and raise your bid to your specifications if someone else bids on the item after you leave. At 5, the highest bids win the weavings and winners can pick up their pieces. If the winners are not present at the time of the announcement, the pieces can be shipped.
Parking is available next to the Denver Post building on Cleveland, at the Sheraton on 15th Street or from multiple downtown lots. From a downtown lot, you can take the free 16th Street shuttle to Cleveland and walk south.
For more information on the auction, contact Toh-Atin Gallery at 1-800-525-0384 or online at www.toh-atin.com. To visit the gallery on another day and the view their pieces for sale, go to 145 W 9th St, Durango, CO 81301-5431.
Toh-Atin Gallery offers the finest in Native American artwork, including painting, pottery, jewelry, weavings and baskets. They have a close relationship with all of their artists, often working with the same family for generations, and have fantastic contemporary Native American art along with their vintage collection. They add new pieces to their gallery every day and can ship to customers all over the world