BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum Indian Market is back, and bigger. The weekend-long celebration of Native American art and artists is set for Friday-Sunday, May 17-19. In addition to the market and performances on the Village Green, the event will include a fashion show at The Criterion Theatre and an Indigenous Film Festival at Reel Pizza.
The event shines a bright light on Wabanaki artists, potentially boosts the economic impact of art 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.
At last year’s inaugural market, about 50 native basket makers, potters, jewelers, wood carvers, painters and other artists and craftspeople from around the country sold their creations on the Village Green.
Some were from the four Indian tribes in Maine. Several hailed from tribes in the Southwest. This year, many more artists will participate, bringing to total to nearly 100, representing more than 40 Native American communities. The market will feature 20 Wabanaki artists.
The Abbe Museum Indian Market on the Bar Harbor Village Green is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
See a full list of participating artists and get a sneak preview of their work online at abbemuseum.org/attending-artists. During the market, native musicians and storytellers including George Neptune and Hawk Henries will perform.
This year the market will include a People’s Choice and Artist’s Choice Awards competition. Winners will be selected and awarded during the Friday Preview Party at the museum, which begins at 5 p.m. Tickets cost $40.
Saturday’s fashion show at The Criterion at 6 p.m. highlights 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 Acoma Pueblo/Navajo, Ingrid Brooks (Mi’kmaq), Leslie Deer (Muskogee Nation of Oklahoma), Niio Perkins (Haudenosaunee) and Dawn Spears (Narragansett).
General orchestra tickets are $12 and may be purchased from the Criterion by calling 288-0829 or visiting criteriontheatre.org.
VIP tickets, which include exclusive seating and a reception after the show with the designers, are $25 and may be purchased by calling 801-4083 or visiting abbemuseum.org/indianmarket.
Tickets to film festival showings and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers may be purchased at the Reel Pizza box office. Contact Reel Pizza at 288-3828 or reelpizza.com.