Abbe Museum Indian Market starts Friday



BAR HARBOR — The second annual Abbe Museum Indian Market will be held in downtown Bar Harbor May 17-19. Nearly 100 Native American artists and performers from over 40 Nations across the U.S. and Canada will be at the event, which will feature a fashion show, film festival, storytelling, dancing, music and other internationally acclaimed performers.

The market will kick off with a Preview Party on Friday, May 17, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Abbe Museum.

The Indigenous Film Festival, featuring movies by and about Indigenous peoples, will take place at Reel Pizza Cinerama May 17-20.

The Indian Market will be held on the Village Green on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Saturday, May 18, at 6 p.m. the Abbe Museum Indian Market Fashion Show will be held at the Criterion Theatre. The fashion show will highlight the work of indigenous fashion designers who draw inspiration from their tribal identities to present their culture through a modern lens. This year’s designers include ACONAV Acoma Pueblo/Navajo, Ingrid Brooks (Mi’kmaq), Leslie Deer (Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma), Niio Perkins (Haudenosaunee) and Dawn Spears (Narragansett, Choctaw).

New for this year will be the William Blair People’s Choice and the SPACE Gallery Artist’s Choice Awards competition. Winners will be selected and awarded during the Preview Party at the museum.

“Small festivals are found throughout the year in Maine, but a juried Indian art show is relatively unknown in the Northeast. Award-winning Wabanaki artists like Jeremy Frey, Theresa Secord, Emma Soctomah, Geo Neptune, Gabriel Frey, and Sarah Sockbeson travel out West each year to participate in the Indian Arts marketplaces, and they’ve repeatedly taken top prizes,” said event organizers. “By creating this event, the Museum will shine a bright light on Wabanaki artists and deepen the economic impact of art making for tribal communities. Markets like this one help artists to work full-time and make a living through art. Markets also help revitalize remnant art forms and make room for innovation.”

Tickets for the awards competition are $40. General orchestra tickets for the fashion show are $12 and can be purchased at 288-0829 or criteriontheatre.org; VIP tickets which include exclusive seating and a reception after the show with designers are $25 and can be purchased at 801-4083 or abbemuseum.org. Tickets to the film festival can be purchased at the Reel Pizza box office.

A full list of participating artists is available at abbemuseum.org.

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