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Adirondack Experience
Adirondack Experience



Exhibition Details

The Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market showcases Indigenous art in the Northeast at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  


This new event is an outlet for both traditional and contemporary indigenous artists.  The juried Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market offers an opportunity for Native American artists to share their art and culture and to promote and sell their authentic art to the visitors, summer residents, and camp owners of the Adirondacks.  


The two-day, outdoor event also includes demonstrations, presentations, and performances by Native American artists. 


The inaugural Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 25 and 26, 2018. 




The Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market is open to Indigenous artists from federally recognized Nations; priority selection will be given to members of the Mohawk and Abenaki Nations.  The Adirondack Experience complies with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990.  For more information on the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, please see  Please provide a photograph your Tribal Membership documentation in addition to images of your art.


Artists must be 18 years or older.



No fees for this inaugural market.


Entering Your Images:

Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes of your work up to the nearest inch.  Please crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are delivered in the correct orientation.


Make sure one of the images you upload is a copy of your federally recognized nation that you are a member of.


Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but at least 1920 pixels on the longest side at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:


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Denise Watso

Denise Watso is an Abenaki drum maker, traditional woodcarver, and artist.  Denise is the Abenaki Nation Liason for New York State and meets with the Abenaki Council to help inform and organize community events and election debates in Albany, NY.  She is the founder and president of the non-profit Abenaki Cultural Preservation Corporation.   


Sue Ellen Herne

Sue Herne is a Mohawk artist from Akwesasne, New York.  She is the Program Coordinator at the Akwesasne Museum.  Ms. Herne has a B.F.A. in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Sue’s has also participated in a museum shop management workshop from the Smithsonian Institution’s tribal museum program and Native museum management and collections care offered by the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center.  Sue’s paintings are in the collections of the Iroquois Indian Museum and the American Indian Archaeological Institute.  Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Native North American Traveling College, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, Colgate University, SUNY Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, the Woodland Cultural Center, and the Iroquois Indian Museum.


Niio Perkins

Niioieren "Niio" Perkins is a Mohawk Bear Clan artist from Akwesasne, New York. Niio began beading at a very young age. Many of Niio's artistic gifts were cultivated by working for her mother, who sews traditional Mohawk ribbon shirts and dresses. In fact, Niio attributes much of her success to her family of accomplished artists who all continue to keep Native Mohawk art on the forefront of America's art scene. Niio's knowledge of her art and culture gives her designs an authenticity that cannot be duplicated. Niio captures not only the colors of the world in her work, but so much feeling, sentiment, and character, all of which make her pieces meticulously crafted and truly unique.  Awards: Heard Museum’s Guild Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix. 


Natasha Smoke Santiago
Natasha Smoke Santiago is a painter, potter, and maker of life casts. She is a Turtle Clan woman of the Haudenosaunee or People of the Longhouse otherwise known as The Iroquois. She resides within the territory of Akwesasne. Natasha has been an artist for as long as she can remember. She works in many mediums, favoring acrylics and oil pastels and often includes cloth, beadwork and other materials into her paintings. She also works with clay doing pottery and sculpture. Natasha is heavily influenced by her Haudenosaunee heritage, history and teachings. She also draws upon the experiences of her life as inspiration for her works. Awards: Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK.


Wilma Cook Zumpano

Wilma Cook Zumpano is a Mohawk artist who has worked with beads on and off since she was a pre-teenager. She learned mainly because she wanted to adorn native dresses that she wore when she used to dance (traditional-style) with a troop from Akwesasne. She is inspired by the spirit and natural world.  Awards:  Eiteljorg Museum’s Indian Festival and Market in Indianapolis and Heard Museum’s Guild Indian Fair and Market in Phoenix.


Terrill O’Brien

Terry O’Brien is a Mohawk beadwork artist from the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation.  She creates unique beaded amulet pouches inspired by her history and heritage. 


David Kahn
David Kahn is Executive Director of the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  Kahn previously served as executive director at the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Connecticut Historical Society, the Louisiana State Museum, and the San Diego History Center.  He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Art History from Columbia University.


Jennifer Bine

Jennifer is the Director of Interpretation at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  Prior to joining the museum’s staff in 2013, Ms. Bine was a project director and exhibition developer at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for 20 years. Ms. Bine holds a B.A. in History and a Masters of Historical Administration and Museum Studies.


Micaela Hall
Micaela Hall is the Public Programs Manager at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  She oversees multiple public programs and events at the museum.  She has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and an M.S.T. in Secondary Social Studies Education. 


Kleigh Orzolek

Kleigh Orzolek is the Executive and HR Assistant at the Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake.  She holds an A.A.S. in Outdoor Recreation & a B.S. in Forestry Recreation Resource Management from Paul Smith’s College.  She is a lifestyle photographer and has extensive experience with event and website coordination.




Two-Dimensional Art

Beadwork & Quillwork


Textiles (Clothing & Personal Attire)

Pottery & Sculpture

Wooden Carving


Diverse Cultural Art Forms  



Art must be the artist’s original work. Imported, manufactured or mass produced items will not be allowed.


Artists are encouraged to demonstrate their art.


Accepted artists are invited to bring their highest quality work in any medium. ADKX supports and encourages continued professional growth through work with new art forms, materials and techniques.


Artists must comply with current state, national and international laws and regulations with regard to the use of endangered species materials in their works. Use of such materials should be disclosed, in writing, to the consumer:

·         Original paintings, drawings, hand executed lithographs, etchings and other original forms of printmaking are allowed; the method of reproduction for prints must be clearly labeled.

·         Artists may offer for sale limited edition prints and notecards featuring the artist’s original artwork; display of such materials may not exceed 20% of the artist’s booth space.

·         The method of reproduction for photographs must be clearly labeled and images must be the artist’s original work.

·         Imported jewelry such as “stringers” will not be allowed.

·         Use of stabilized turquoise, man-made synthetic stones or materials must be disclosed to the consumer.

·         Woven, sewn and embroidered textiles are accepted, sewing machine work is acceptable. No commercial kits, patterns, iron-on applique or liquid embroidery will be accepted.



All work must be for sale. All proceeds will be retained by the artist.



Artists are responsible for securing their own transportation and lodging.



Best in Show: $2,000

Judges’ Choice: $1,000

1st in Class in each class:  $1,000

2nd in Class in each class:  $500 


Market Calendar

1.      Applications completed by April 18, 2018.

2.      Acceptance Notifications sent on April 30, 2018.

3.      Set up can begin 5pm on Friday, August 24, 2018.

4.      Show ends Sunday, August 26, 2018.

5.      Art and booth materials must be taken down after 5pm on Sunday, August 28, 2018.


Payment Receipt Message

Thank you for applying to the Mohawk and Abenaki Art Market.  Acceptance notifications will be sent in April. 



All booth spaces are 10’x10’.


ADKX agrees to provide the following for each 10x10 booth space:

·         Tenting and central lighting

·         One 6’ table, two chairs. Additional chairs will be available at market office. Artists will be responsible for transporting any additional chairs

·         Basic electrical hook-up

·         Identification badges for the artist and assistants

·         Basic booth signage

·         Advertising of the event


Additional display racks, walls, pedestals, etc. may be used but must be provided, moved and installed by the artist.


Note: It is the Artist’s responsibility to ensure their work is displayed in a manner that protects his or her artwork and the public from harm. The tables provided may not be suitable for the safe display of all works.


ADKX will provide an overnight security presence on Friday, August 24, 2018 and Saturday, August 25, 2018, however, the museum accepts no liability for damage or loss of artwork.


The Artist agrees to abide by the guidelines and terms listed below:

1.      ADKX will not be responsible for any injury or loss or legal action that may arise or come to the public from any cause while said premises are being occupied under this agreement.

2.      ADKX will provide NO insurance. All insurance must be placed and paid by the exhibitor.

3.      If, for any reason, it is the judgement of the Adirondack Experience that the show will not be held, the lease agreement will terminate and the lessee waives any claim for damages.

4.      No refund or rental fee will be made unless contract is cancelled by management.

5.      The artists agrees that the ADKX has the right to establish and enforce all rules and regulations, as it deems proper for the benefit of the fair, and the safety and security of all its participants, attendees, museum staff and property.

6.      Artists must be present and remain on-site throughout the entire event to present their work to the public. No packing will begin before the advertised closing time and no vehicles are to be moved until the fair manager clears property of customers.

7.      No sub-leasing or sharing of space except by prior consent of fair manager.

8.      This instruments contains the entire agreement of the parties relating to the Indian Art Fair at ADKX, and the parties have made no other agreements, representations or warranties relating to the fair which are no set forth hereof. No waiver or modification of this agreement will be valid unless made in writing and signed by both parties.

9.      The artist acknowledges that they have read and agree to all the guidelines and terms of the agreement between the museum and the artists for the 2018 Indian Art Fair at ADKX. Further, they release and hold harmless the museum and all others, as indicated in Term #1 of this agreement, from any liability whatsoever.


ADKX will have a photographer at the fair taking photos for advertising and publicity purposes.

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