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The best Western artists make tracks to the Eiteljorg for high-end sale, plus Museum to screen powerful film about the hate crime murder of Navajo teen

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                                                                        DeShong Perry-Smitherman
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The best Western artists make tracks to the Eiteljorg for high-end sale,
plus Museum to screen powerful film about the hate crime murder of Navajo teen

 8th annual Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale
Opening weekend: Sept. 6 & 7
Some of the world’s most celebrated artists, whose work captures the spirit and strength of the American West and Native cultures, will exhibit and offer for sale prized paintings, drawings and sculptures during the Quest for the West® Art Show and Sale. Quest features 50 artists whose exceptional work attracts art enthusiasts and collectors from across the nation. Guests will appreciate the unique opportunity to meet the artist(s) whose precious work(s) may become their newest acquisitions. Collectors unable to attend opening weekend may register as absentee buyers and purchase art from afar. A Friday evening reception will honor 2012 Quest Artist of Distinction John Coleman and open a special exhibit of his work. The Quest exhibit is open to the public Sept. 8 through Oct. 6. The Coleman show closes Nov. 17.

* Visitors must pay to attend this event: Reservations are required for weekend activities. Participation costs $300 per person ($250 for Eiteljorg Museum members) and includes an exhibition catalog, bid book and attendance at all related events. There are special prices for couples. More information on the show and sale can be found in the Quest for the West section of  The site also allows visitors to find artist profiles, images of works for sale, a full schedule of events and much more.

Meet “Stagecoach Mary Fields” and explorer Jim Beckwourth
Every Saturday beginning Sep. 6
1, 2 & 3 p.m.
Hear the amazing true stories of two prominent African Americans in the West, “Stagecoach Mary Fields” and mountain man, Jim Beckwourth, as told by actress and storyteller, Joanna Winston.

Kelly Gwin of Gwin/Southwest Trunk Show
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday
12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday
Native American Indian jewelry set in sterling silver.

Artist in Residence, Iva Honyestewa (Hopi) - Basketry
Sep. 7, 14 & 21                                  
1 – 4 p.m.                               
Iva Honyestewa is an award-winning Hopi jewelry and basketry artist who has been making jewelry and baskets for nearly 20 years. Born in Gallup, NM and raised on the Hopi reservation, Iva is Sun Clan from the village of Songoopavi. Meet Iva, learn about her art and culture, and watch as she demonstrates the creation of a Hopi basket.

Storytelling on Native cultures
Saturday, Sep. 14, 21 & 28                
1 p.m.
Meet Teresa Webb (Anishinaabe) and hear about Native American cultures through stories and songs, accompanied by flute, drum and rattle.

Pendleton Trunk show
Saturday, Sep. 28
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
See the latest in Pendleton tabletop accessories, giftware and clothing for the Fall and holiday seasons. Patrons may also place special orders for spring 2014 and receive a special gift from Pendleton with their purchases.

Out West: LGBT Stories of the American West
Two Spirits: A film by Lydia Nibley
Saturday, Sept. 28     
12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Fred Martinez was a Navajo boy who was also a girl. In an earlier era, he would have been revered. Instead he was murdered.
Two Spirits is a powerful documentary that tells the story of the brutal hate crime murder of a 16-year-old Navajo boy who felt he was both a boy and a girl. The film explores the ancient Native American two-spirit tradition and  interweaves the tragic death of Fred Martinez with a revealing look at a time when many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of more than one gender. 

A panel discussion with the filmmaker, Lydia Nibley, and Native American Two Spirit experts including Brian Joseph Gilley (Cherokee of Oklahoma), Wesley K. Thomas (Diné) and Jodi Byrd (Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma) will follow the film.

The Out West programming series was conceived by independent curator Gregory Hinton, to illuminate the positive contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to the history and current cultures of the American West. 
The Eiteljorg Museum seeks to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum is located in Downtown Indianapolis’ White River State Park, at 500 West Washington, Indianapolis, IN  46204. For general information about the museum and to learn more about exhibits and events, call (317) 636-WEST (9378) or visit


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