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May 7, 2014

Just Back from the IACA Spring Market

Open on Saturday,
May 17, 2014

The Indian Craft Shop is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and the third Saturday of the month from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. The Shop is closed on federal holidays.
A photo ID is needed for entrance to the building. During weekdays, visitors may use either the C Street or E Street entrances (E Street is closed for Metro riders). Handicap access ramps are available at both entrances. During Saturday hours, visitors must use the C Street entrance.
Public Transportation
Farragut West (Blue and Orange Line) and Farragut North (Red Line) are the closest metro stops. It is a six-block walk, or you can ride an 80 or S1 bus to 19th and C streets. There is metered parking on the street and several parking lots within a few blocks.
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WELCOME, MAY! We thought you'd never get here... 

May brings Mother's Day and graduations - it is a time to shower loved ones with thanks, recognition, special thoughts ...and special gifts. And let us not forget those special Fathers and their special day coming up next month in June. This is a great time to come in to the Shop as we host Artie Yellowhorse's (Navajo) jewelry show and we've just returned from our spring buying trip, so new items are coming in regularly.



May 8- 9, 2014  


Just in time for Mother's Day... and the perfect time to add something new to your own spring or summer collection, join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse (Navajo) who will join us Thursday, May 8 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, May 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. with the latest collection of Artie Yellowhorse Designs jewelry. We thank Artie for continuing the 'East Coast tradition' that Gloria, her late sister and long-time friend of the Shop, developed more than 30 years ago.




Known for creative designs, a dazzling array of high-quality stones and materials, and unswerving excellence in fabrication, Artie Yellowhorse and her family have spent a lifetime dedicated to developing their designs and and refining their workmanship. From their trademark "Rising Sun" designs in silver with silver beads, to their settings and use of high-grade natural stones, there are pieces that are complementary to each other and classic in their timeless beauty. The Yellowhorse family specializes in turquoise from American mines, and exotic stones and materials from around the world such as lapis lazuli, sugilite, charoite, spiny oyster shell, petrified woods and even pearls. Learn more about Artie Yellowhorse Designs.


As always, style and quality go hand in hand with Yellowhorse family jewelry designs. This is a family that takes joyful pride in continuing a family legacy of bringing beauty to people and helping them to understand the Navajo concept of Walk with Beauty.

Please join us in welcoming Artie Yellowhorse for our Spring Trunk Jewelry show Thursday, May 8 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, May 9 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. See current works on our online store.


We've just returned from the Indian Arts and Crafts Association's Spring Market in Albuquerque, and have selected many new pieces that have already started to arrive at the Shop! The Indian Craft Shop has been a member of IACA since 1983, supporting the mission to promote, preserve and protect authentic American Indian arts and crafts. Businesses and artists come together from across the United States and Canada once or twice a year and connect in person to share their knowledge and to make selections for shops and galleries across the globe.


Our recent trip and IACA Market focused on the arts of the southwest regions and we are very excited about our purchases. New arrivals on the way include pottery, sculpture, fetish carvings, weavings (including traditional men's and woman's sashes), miniatures, folk art and of course jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. From traditional to contemporary and, as always, all price ranges and levels of craftsmanship - always working to show the most work from the most artists in order to reach and benefit the most people.


We encourage all of you to please Visit the Shop (!) just like the old times... or, if you are afar, please call us and request personal shopping help and images. We will work toward including new purchases on our webstore however it will take some time to be able to begin our online focus - we thank you for your patience in this area! Please call the Shop at 202-208-4056 or email - We love to hear from you on ways we can help; we also appreciate your feedback on what we can do better.



Do you love beautiful natural turquoise from classic mines as much as we do? We are fortunate to work with select artists and representatives who specialize in natural turquoise from American mines and have designed and crafted a fine selection of jewelry to highlight these gorgeous stones. We have a very nice selection of both traditional and contemporary work set with natural turquoise from mines such as Carico Lake, Number Eight, Sleeping Beauty, Royston, Kingman, Castle Dome, Bisbee and more. They are featured in heavy, old-style settings, such as two pair of lovely chandelier earrings featuring square-cut Number Eight turquoise available in two sizes (and a cuff bracelet that just happens to match!), warmly elegant multi-stone cuff bracelets, big beautiful rings, a magnificent Kingman manta pin/pendant, a gem quality Sleeping Beauty pendant, and much more!

One of the new features of our register system is the ability to offer Gift Receipts - so the next time you are just not sure about a gift, let us know if you would like a gift receipt and we can include it in your package. The recipient can use the receipt to exchange or receive a store credit which is good for one year!
Looking for a quiet spot for a break from your cluttered desk and buzzing office? Need a place to catch up with a co-worker? Well, guess what? The Indian Craft Shop Sculpture Garden is officially OPEN! Come enjoy the peaceful setting amongst the plantings that are filling in and coming back to life, and magnificent American Indian Sculptures by Kathy "Elk Woman" Whitman (Mandan, Arikara & Hidatsa), Pete Yazzie (Navajo), Eddie Morrison (Cherokee), and Cliff Fragua (Jemez Pueblo). We offer comfortable seating, guides on the sculptures and plants for self-touring, dappled sunlight in the mornings and shade in the afternoons... and best of all - peace, quiet, and ART!



May 8 - 9

Artie Yellowhorse Designs Jewelry Show


May 17

ICS OPEN 3rd Saturday in May


June 9 - 27

Pollinators in American Indian Art 

in recognition of National Pollinator Week


June 21

ICS OPEN, 3rd Saturday in June

The Indian Craft Shop is open the third Saturday of each month. We hope that you will be able to join us Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Thank you for your continued support of the arts and we look forward to hearing from you!


We're so glad the Interior Museum has reopened (albeit a bit smaller for now!) and are SO impressed with their opening exhibit - we GUARANTEE you will enjoy it.  


POSTERity: WPA's Art Legacy and America's Public Lands

On view April 8, 2014 - Spring 2015


From 1938 to 1941, the National Park Service employed artists via the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to produce silkscreened promotional posters for national park sites. The U.S. Department of the Interior Museum has united for the first time six WPA originals and a full complement of the contemporary designs by Doug Leen which follow the tradition of the WPA poster project, for this visually stunning retrospective. Featured are nearly 50 classic posters associated with 36 national parks, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Interior Museum.


Many visitors have inquired whether the images within the Interior Museum's POSTERity exhibition are commercially available. 



Yes! Ranger Doug's Enterprises ( is the source for faithful silkscreen reproductions of WPA National Park serigraphs. Note cards and postcards also are available. Products from Ranger Doug's Enterprises are 100% made in the USA, and the company annually donates 1% of its gross sales back to the National Parks.



Lunchtime Lecture with Interior Museum Curator Tracy Baetz and Screen Printing Workshop*


Alphabet Soup & the Art of the WPA

Wednesday, May 7, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.; Rachel Carson Room 

RSVP required for Screen Printing; 202-208-4743 or


As a tie-in with the Interior Museum's new exhibition POSTERity, Curator Tracy Baetz will give a brief overview of Roosevelt's myriad New Deal programs that produced murals, public art, two

million printed graphics and 14 elusive National Park Service poster designs. Hear how the arts of the 1930s created a lasting legacy, and then try your hand at silk screening a keepsake poster or tote bag in the WPA tradition. Supplies are limited; pre-registration for silk screening is required.


*Screen Printing Workshop is currently booked, accepting wait listings; Lecture open to all and no reservations needed.



Discover the art and architecture that made the Main Interior Building a "symbol of a new day" during the Great Depression. The Interior Museum Murals Tour lasts an hour and visits photographic murals by Ansel Adams and many of the over fifty murals by artists including Maynard Dixon, Allan Houser, Gifford Beal, and John Steuart Curry.


Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. and by appointment for groups of more than six.


Reservations required for all tours by calling 202.208.4743.


Special Assistance - For those in need of special assistance (such as an interpreter for the hearing impaired) or inquiries regarding the accessible entrance, please notify museum staff at (202) 208-4743 in advance of the program. Special needs will be accommodated whenever possible.


The Interior Museum - For more information.


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