One of the largest and finest Navajo rugs will be on exhibit at the 27th Annual Navajo Rug Silent Auction, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sat., Nov. 10 in the lobby of the Denver Post Building, 101 W. Colfax Ave., Denver. In addition, Jackson Clark, weaving expert and owner of Toh-Atin Gallery, Durango, will give a lecture on the history of Navajo weaving from 12 noon to 12:30 p.m. The 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 collections.
According to Clark, "This year’s auction will include Mae Jim’s fabulous Ganado Weaving which will be on display for the first time in 20 years as well as a Pictorial by late, award winning weaver Isabel John." During her weaving career, Mae Jim wove five large rugs. The one to be displayed was a part of the Lost and Found Traditions show of Native American art that toured the United States and Europe.
Throughout the day Clark will offer free weavings evaluations for those who would like to learn the value of their weavings and Ben Leroux of Southwestern Textile Restoration will offer rug repair and cleaning estimates.
The auction weavings will range in value from $100 to $20,000 and represent all of the major weaving types including: Two Grey Hills, Ganado, Teec Nos Pos, Yei’s and Pictorials.
Any weaving that does not have a bid on it can be purchased at any time during the event by paying 20 percent over the minimum, it can then be taken home at that time by the bidder.
For more information on the auction contact the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, 303-492-6892 or Toh-Atin Gallery.