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OMCA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with 2nd Annual California Indian Market

(OAKLAND, CA)—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) celebrates Native American Heritage Month with the second annual California Indian Market, one of the only Indian markets of its kind in the state, on November 13, 3 to 9 pm and November 14, 10 am to 4 pm. Featuring over 20 vendors from Indian communities around the state, the market includes a range of contemporary artisan works to traditional handmade crafts. Wares range from screen-printed apparel to artful photography and ceramic arts, to hand-woven baskets, musical instruments, a range of exquisite jewelry, and children’s toys. Presented in partnership with News from Native California, the event invites visitors and shoppers to peruse the fine works and meet artisans from the California Indian community.

OMCA’s popular weekly late-night event Friday Nights @ OMCA, on November 13 from 5 to 9 pm, coincides with the first day of the California Indian Market. The weekly late-night event features Off the Grid food trucks, half-off Museum admission, free art activities for families, live music, DJs, dancing, and more.

Vendors include: Marcia Christoff (jewelry and regalia), Gill Velazquez & Terri Dow (baskets, beaded jewelry, flues, and scrimshaw), Kimberly and Austin Stevenot (jewelry, baskets, photography, soapstone bowls, and beads), Jennifer and Carson Bates (basketry, toys, games, jewelry), Native Bling—Neal Martinez, Meyo and Randy Marrufo (abalone jewelry, clapper, beadwork), Clink McKay (abalone, pine nut, and beaded jewelry), Tuiimyali Designs & Art Collective (abalone jewelry, beadwork, screen-printed shirts), Joyce Norell (ceramics), Bear Island Designs—Hop Norris (fine art, clothing, woodwork, beadwork, knit work, photography), Native Designs by Pauli (fused glass), Vivian Snyder (clay dolls), and more.


WHAT: 2nd Annual California Indian Market
WHEN: Friday, November 13, 3–9 pm, and Saturday, November 14, 10 am–4 pm
WHERE: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA
DETAILS: In celebration of Native American Heritage Month—and just in time for the holidays—shop the second annual California Indian Market at OMCA featuring jewelry, baskets, apparel, and other modern interpretations of Indian artistry. At this two-day event, find exquisite creations to share with your loved ones, and meet and support artisans from the California Indian community.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $5. Friday Nights @ OMCA is presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA. Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America, the Oakland Museum Women’s Board and the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are supported by the Walker and Elise Haas Fund.

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California’s cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California’s dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays.

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