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The 32rd Annual American Indian Art Show – Marin

Posted in Blogging Marin on Friday, February 12, 2016 by MCVB Staff

By Whitney Butler


Did you know that until European contact in the 1600s, nearly one-third of all Native Americans in the United States lived in California? What’s more, early California American Indians were a broad, colorful spectrum of distinct tribes often consisting of no more than 50 members—each tribe’s culture and language as unique as the land on which they lived.


In fact, Marin County is named after Indian Chief Marino of the Licatiut, a people belonging to the larger Coast Miwok tribe that is known to have lived in the area we now call San Rafael. It’s here in San Rafael that guests of the American Indian Art Show – Marin, one of the nation’s most highly regarded showcases, will discover or deepen their appreciation of antique and contemporary American Indian art.


On Feb. 19, the show begins at the Marin Center with an exclusive opening night benefit for patrons interested in getting a sneak peek of this year’s exhibitors, dealers and artists. This year, opening night proceeds will benefit Homeward Bound of Marin, an organization operating several interrelated residential programs for homeless men, women and children. Tickets to this pre-show are $25 and can be purchased online.


If you can’t make it to opening night, don’t worry. More than 150 exhibitors will be showcased following the pre-show during a two-day event inside the Marin Center Exhibition Hall and the adjacent Embassy Suites Ballroom.


Expect from the exhibitors an expansive collection of jewelry, textiles, baskets, pottery, beadwork, sculpture, photography, painting, books and more. Visitors will enjoy shopping new and antique materials while also enjoying the curated art collections from some of the country’s finest collectors, galleries and exhibits. Admission to either the Saturday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or Sunday (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) showing is $15.


For those traveling from outside of San Rafael, there are several affordable places to stay for an extended weekend in Marin County. The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Rafael and Four Points by Sheraton San Rafael are both offering special rates for guests of the show. Just ask for the “Indian Show Rate” to receive a discount on your accommodations.


In addition, while enjoying some downtime in San Rafael, there are several nearby points of historical and cultural interest worth checking out. The Falkirk Cultural Center, a gorgeous Victorian estate and national landmark, features outdoor gardens and rotating art exhibits throughout the year. For something more contemporary, Art Works Downtown, a thriving arts cooperative, fosters community through classes, exhibits, events and outreach.


Later, enjoy delicious local ingredients at nearby restaurants in San Rafael like Vin Antico, Il Davide Cucina Italiana and more. Or check out a live show at Terrapin Crossroads, a healthy, all-American eatery, taproom and lounge that celebrates the arts in an intimate, family-friendly setting.


Getting out and exploring Marin County is a great way to complement your trip to the American Indian Art Show – Marin, while also enjoying some of San Rafael’s history, art and flavors.


For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page, or download the mobile app.


More information on featured attractions:

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Falkirk Cultural Center

Falkirk, an 1888 Queen Anne-style Victorian building is the former home of shipping magnate Robert Dollar. The 17-room mansion was purchased by the community in 1974 to be...[Learn More]

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Art Works Downtown, Inc.

Art Works Downtown Inc. is a premier nonprofit art center in a 40,000 sq.ft historic building in the heart of downtown San Rafael on Fourth Street.  Featuring 4...[Learn More]

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