Happy New Year! Let’s Go to Navajo Weaving Boot Camp!

Happy New Year by JoAnn BegayHappy New Year by JoAnn Begay
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This festive weaving by JoAnn Begay welcomes in the New Year. It was photographed at Perry Null Trading in Gallup, NM. 

Tempe, AZ  If your New Year’s Resolution includes learning to weave the Navajo way or improving as a weaver in Navajo techniques, we have two new Navajo Boot Camp classes for your consideration.  

Students at Richardson's Trading Post

Students in Richardson’s rug room.

The first new boot camp will be held on May 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday) in Gallup, New Mexico.  Richardson’s Trading Post is hosting the class as part of their centennial celebration, so you’ll be surrounded by some of the finest in Southwestern art for three days.  We’ll be in the rug room and rug vault areas of the trading post and will be weaving from 9 AM to 6 PM each day.  In the evening, we’ll visit local traders Bill Malone, Bruce Burnham and Perry Null. You never know who may stop by!  Tuition is $375 and you can select a beginner, intermediate or advanced track.     A limited number of Navajo style looms will be available for student use.  Click here to learn more about the class and to register.  Or click here if you just want to register now and see us in Gallup later.   Three days in Gallup will surround you with more Native American art that you can see anywhere.  Yes, even more than in Santa Fe.   

Our other new boot camp is going to take us back to New England, to Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  There will be two sessions, July 14-16 and July 17-19.    The workshops are part of an exciting show that Jennie Slick and I are doing in partnership with Studio 53, a wonderful fine arts gallery in Boothbay Harbor.  We will be bringing some of the finest weavings that we can acquire along with us, so there will be plenty to see and visit about even if you don’t take the class.  Can you tell that I’m excited?   Because of the travel costs, tuition for the this class is a bit higher than our usual boot camp fee at $450.  Click here to read more on the camp or click here to select a session and register.  

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

An afternoon in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

The date for our very popular Bear Lake Boot Camp still hasn’t been selected, but I’ll post the information on that as soon as I have it.  

Happy New Weaving Year!

Hagoshíí (so long for now)

Mary Walker

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