An Ethiopian & Native American Art mixer in Oakland for FEA Members

An Ethiopian & Native American Art mixer in Oakland for FEA Members

An Ethiopian and Native American Art mixer in Oakland for FEA Members!

Learn about Ethiopia, experience an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, and see a collection of Native American art

Join us for an afternoon at the home of two FEA members.  Their friend and fellow FEA member will provide a brief slide show about Ethiopia and will prepare a formal, traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.  The homeowners, collectors of Native American art, just received a Partners in Preservation award from the Oakland Heritage Alliance for the stewardship of their 1909 home!

In addition to Ethiopian coffee, wine, soda and light refreshments will be served at this event.

The slideshow and talk about Ethiopia will begin at 1:30, followed by the Coffee Ceremony at 3:00.  In between, wander through the house and gardens, enjoy the art and enjoy the good company!

Note: The home has stairs and is also home to two cats

New/renewing members can receive an invitation from

Space is limited to the first 30 to reserve!

We’ll send back confirmation and the address.

Other news: check out the event at the Oakland Museum that weekend!

Friends of Ethnic Art, PO Box 1503, Mountain View, CA  94043

2018 Annual Party/Luncheon/Meeting/FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market

2018 Annual Party/Luncheon/Meeting/FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market

Another fun FEA Annual Party – the best party and best party-value in the Bay Area!  

·            Fun with Friends. A carefree, memorable afternoon with the warm and fascinating FEA members (and their guests) at Holbrook-Palmer Park in Atherton, complete with air-conditioned building and shaded patio, lush landscaping and stately trees. 

·            Delicious Lunch. Drinks and tempting hors d’oeuvres as well as a catered buffet with a scrumptious Thai menu that put the true “Thai” back in command!

– Siam Samosa: Deep-fried rice paper rolls stuffed with taro, corn, organic red yam, pumpkin, and yellow onion 
– Crispy Garden Rolls: Eggrolls filled with shitake mushroom, carrots and taro
– Endless Summer Rolls: Shrimps wrapped with mint leaf, lettuce, carrot, bean sprouts, cilantro
– Bangkok Mango Beef: Stir-fried with fresh mango, bell pepper, carrot, black pepper, green onion & chili garlic sauce 
– Bird in the Herb: Chicken marinated in exotic Thai herbs
– Vegetarian Curry: with broccoli, potatoes, carrot, onion
– Burma Tea Party Salad: Burmese tea leaves, tomatoes, fried garlic, carrots, sesame seeds, peanuts, lemon & split yellow peas 
– Green Papaya Salad: With shrimp, cherry tomato & green bean tossed with lime juice, Thai chili, fish sauce
– Mango Salad: Baby Arugula & mango cubes tossed with red onions, cilantro, & sliced carrot in a spicy lemongrass dressing 
– Pad Thai with Shrimp: Rice noodles wok-fried with tiger prawns, tofu, egg, ground peanuts, bean sprouts, & green onion

·         The FEA Traders’ Treasure Market. A huge favorite. Shopping and sleuthing at tables full of artifacts, textiles, jewelry, and art from every corner of the world.  The treasures were hand-picked and sold personally by FEA’s own art lovers, world-class dealers, cultural experts, and dedicated travelers.

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11 – 11:30 am  Traders & Exhibitors Set Up their own Tables. Volunteers Set Up Party.  

11:30               Party and Market begin. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

1 – 2                 Lunch – Thai buffet.

2 – 2:15            Annual Meeting.

3                      Party and Market End.

3 – 4 pm:          Traders, Exhibitors, and Volunteers Pack Up. 4 pm exit deadline.  

After the Party, consider visiting Stanford’s Cantor Art Center’s The Dancing “Sowei:” Performing Beauty in Sierra Leone.

Photos from past parties:

Market Table Information

September 23, 2018 FEA Annual Party

Note – Market tables are exclusively for FEA members with paid party reservations. Advance payment is required. First paid, first reserved. If there is no space when your payment is received, we will not be able to honor your reservation. Your $$ will be refunded.  First paid, first reserved.

The Traders’ Treasure Market lets FEA members sell (or display) items from their collections directly to party attendees. Just sign up for a Treasure Market table and you can offer artifacts, textiles, jewelry, and art to a great audience  – and keep the proceeds, or donate a percentage to FEA.  We strongly encourage all members to take a break from the Market during lunch to enjoy the food and drink, and company of FEA members.

Want to Sell or Exhibit at the Market?    We have just 15 Market tables available (at a small fee) to paid FEA members and party attendees.  We expect tables to sell out, so reserve now – first paid, first reserved.

Preparing Before: We encourage sellers/exhibitors to write a label for each of their offerings with a brief title or description, an asking price, and their name or initials. If only exhibiting an object, for our enjoyment and education, or to ask others to help with identification, information, or appraisal, label it “NFS” for Not For Sale.

Wrap and box your offerings. (If sold, the wrapping goes with the piece.)

Bring to the event all your art that fits.

Setting up and Selling or Exhibiting: It’s easy and fun…BUT sellers/exhibitors, not FEA, are individually responsible for all their activities: carrying items to tables, labelling, pricing, collecting payments, writing receipts, guaranteeing authenticity or not, security, breakage or losses, and pack up at end of show. For faster set-up, we suggest that you have items labelled and priced ahead of time

FEA will not be offering helpers. Sellers/Exhibitors are welcome to bring a helper.  If the helper will be at the Party anytime from 11:30-3, they need to be registered and paid for as a member or guest, as appropriate.

FEA will not process credit cards/checks.

Market Table Schedule:

11-11:30 AM – Set up

There will be Caterers, a Bartender, and Party Volunteers ALSO quickly setting up, too.   The space is very tight and everyone’s cooperation in being mindful of others and ready will be needed for an enjoyable experience.

3 PM Close – Take down, Pack up.

By 4 PM – ALL OUT!

11 am Arrival and 4 pm departure times are firm due to venue contract.

No early access, no late departure.

Donor Friends who sell some of their objects for the partial/ full benefit of FEA are appreciated, especially when FEA will not have our usual Auction income. Signs may be on tables noting your generosity.

Payment for Tables – Advance payment is required.  We cannot guarantee there will be table space available by the time we receive your payment. First paid, first reserved.

Table locations and share partners. Choose your table size and general location from the list below. If you are reserving a half table AND want a specific partner please arrange with them and note on your reservation. We will try to accommodate IF they also register while that space is still available.

Market Table options:

    A. Indoors (air conditioned), FEA provides table & tablecloth & 1 chair

Half of a 6 ft Table: $15,    Half of an 8 ft Table: $20

Full 6 x 2.5 ft Table: $40,   Full 8 x 2.5 ft Table: $50

B. Outdoors on patio, partial shade. Optional: bring your own canopy
8 x 2.5 ft Table with 1 chair (only 3 tables)     $30  ___

    C. Outdoors on lawn, full sun – bring your own table, tablecloth, & canopy – FREE

Option C is only meant for self-sufficient Friends, who will set up completely on their own, with their own tables and tablecloths, (with their optional pop-up canopies), outside on a sunny lawn.

Outdoors on patio, partial shade. $30


Members’ African Mud Hut and Art Collections

An informal home tour and mixer in Berkeley

August 4, 2018
   An informal afternoon at the delightful home of African art collectors/travelers.  The house, a Berkeley landmark, is packed with unexpected treasures, and our fascinating hostess, herself, told us about them.
      Outside in the rustic back garden, for example, we enjoyed an enchanting life-size African mud hut.  Inside the house, we explored an eclectic personal collection of art, textiles and sculptures gathered during 40 years of adventuring across the entire African continent.
     This event included wine, soda, and refreshments – and the company of FEA members and guests.     

FEA Members’ Tour – Divine Bodies

2017 December Party

2017 December Party

FEA’s 2017 December Party
Piedmont Center for the Arts (PCA)
801 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA

Dave DeRoche presented and projected his photographs of India: Cultural Portraits

Dave has won several awards for his travel photographs, including Photographer of the Year for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. In addition to selling travel photographs to several books and magazines, Dave has lectured on travel photography and had several gallery exhibitions.

Following the slide show, we enjoyed a delicious Indian dinner
Drinks and appetizers included
Parking was free and easy


Gold, Turquoise, and Feathers

Gold, Turquoise, and Feathers

Gold, Turquoise, and Feathers: How the Merchant-Warriors of Chichen Itza Sported the New Bling
by Annabeth Headrick, PhD; Associate Professor of Art History, University of Denver
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Koret Auditorium

The 2017 Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture

Positioned in the Yucatan Penunsula of Mexico, Chichen Itza inherited many of Teotihuacan’s traditions and arose after the collapse of many great Mayan cities. The keys to its success seem to have been its ability to embrace a multicultural perspective and foster international trade on a level never before seen in Mesoamerica. The result was a burgeoning middle elite who shared in the wealth and luxury of this economic powerhouse. Because of this, new evermore exotic materials appear in the art of the city. In this talk, we will see the art made with turquoise coming from New Mexico and gold from Central and South America. Further, we will see the portraits of the newly wealthy who paraded around in all their finery.

Annabeth Headrick is an Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Denver. She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in the art of Mesoamerica. Her early work focused on the massive city of Teotihuacan, resulting in her book, The Teotihuacan Trinity: the Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City. This research led to her current interests in Chichen Itza.

2017 Annual Party, Luncheon, Fundraising Auction, Meeting, and new FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market

2017 Annual Party, Luncheon, Fundraising Auction, Meeting, and new FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market
Friends of Ethnic Art’s Annual Party/Luncheon/Meeting/Fundraising Auction
and the debut of a newly conceived event FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market
on a Sunday in October 2017 in the central East Bay
Thanks to all who joined us in their festive ethnic clothing and jewelry for a catered lunch of Pre-Columbian moles and other traditional Mexican dishes, and live ethnic music. 
with plenty of cash and/or a pile of checks for the 
FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market
An Elegant Ethnic Flea Market, Swap Meet and Auction of Donated Art
Where THEY Could Sell, Buy, and Trade THEIR Art
And/or Show & Tell
The always lively and tempting Auction was faster and smaller, and just a part of a multi-faceted FEA-Traders’ Treasure Market – one where you could join in, participating in any way you wished.


  •  were art dealers, for a day
  • traded their duplicates and collection overstock for something fresh from another collector
  •  made room in their house? In their storage
  •  sold their art collection that their children don’t really want to inherit
  • possibly spent their children’s inheritance
  •  curated an exhibition of their own collection favorites
  • showed their enigmatic and hard-to-research pieces to a roomful of knowledgeable people and picked their brains as to What, Where, When, Who, and How valuable

FEA members — including collectors, dealers, scholars, amateur art-lovers, and aficionados —  exhibited and/or offered dozens of objects.

Our members collect masks, sculptures, ethnic artifacts, jewelry, textiles, shields, weapons, pots, stone and wood carvings, baskets, bowls, figurines, fetishes, pendants, necklaces, shrine statues, art/ethnography books & magazines…

Eased their downsizing, move, or retirement.
Built a new collection, display, or theme.
Put money in their pocket,
Traded for new acquisitions, and/or
Donated part of their sales to fund FEA lectures.

Members boxed up and brought some of their ethnic art collection/inventory/duplicates/ attic/estate

Guests were welcome, but only members could reserve a free Trader’s table.

(the tentative schedule)

12:30 – 1:30 PM:   WELCOME.
Meet & mingle with friends, old and new. Enjoy beer, wine,
aguas frescas, chips, salsa & guacamole.

12:30 – 4 PM:        FEA SILENT AUCTION.
Lots of tables packed with donated art objects, big and small.

12:30 – 4 PM:        NEW!  MEMBERS MARKETPLACE.
15 tables of treasures you can buy/trade directly from our
members artifacts, jewelry, textiles, and more.

1:30 – 2:30 PM:    LUNCH –  MOLES AND MORE!
–      Mole Poblano with Chicken, Mole Mango with Chicken
–      Mole Mama Luisa with Cactus and Potatoes (vegetarian)
–      Cheese Enchiladas, Salsa Ranchera (no nuts), Carnitas
–      Green rice, refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, tortillas,
–      Dessert: Flan, coffee and chocolates

2:30 – 2:45 PM:     ANNUAL MEETING



 To Trade, Sell, Exhibit, or Donate Your Sales, Members:
Reserved an 8’ table or a half-table by Friday, 9/29.(see below)*

Table reservations were first come, first served – there were a limited number of tables.

Marketeers could ask to have us post their names in emails to current and past members, on FEA’s secret Facebook page, on FEA’s public Facebook page, and/or on this page.

 Members were encouraged to inform non-members who might want to join, attend the party, and exhibit.

Exhibitor Guidelines:

At home, they wrote a label for each of your offerings with a brief title or description, an asking price, and their name or initials. If they were  only exhibiting an object, for our enjoyment and education, or to ask others to help with identification, information, or appraisal, it was labeled “NFS” for Not For Sale.

Offerings were wrapped and boxed. (If sold, the wrapping went with the piece.)

Members brought to the event all their art that fit. They were limited to their table top, or half-table top, but could return to their trunk to refill emptied spaces. No objects were allowed under tables. Space to display large, solid, securely-standing figures in the entry hall at your own risk, could be reserved.

Those philanthropist Friends so wishing, sold at their table objects for the benefit of FEA, or the 50% or 75% partial benefit of FEA. Signs were displayed saying such, with appreciation.

Exhibitors with tables, not FEA, were responsible for labeling, pricing, bargaining, selling, trading, collecting money, making change, writing receipts, guaranteeing authenticity or not, security, breakage or losses, and transporting away.

FEA was responsible only for: the indoor club venue, the free and easy parking, the delicious Mexican catered lunch, the drinks, the Mexican music, the tables, the lovely weather, and the fun.

Some photos from some past parties:

FEA Members Tour of “People Made These Things”

Grandchildren, children, nieces, nephews, etc. accompanied by members of Friends of Ethnic Art are welcome to join an
FEA Members Tour in June of the newly renovated and re-opened
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology – University of California – Berkeley

Inaugural Exhibit- People Made These Things: Connecting with the Makers of Our World

The date and time will be emailed to current members.

If you (and yours) would like to join us for the tour, please RSVP by Tuesday, June 13th, with names of adult members of FEA and # of young relations (if any) to

The tour group is limited to 20 reserved participants. If there are more than 20 interested in the tour, we might schedule one for adults only later.

We will have as our guides Adam Nilsen (Head of Education) and Ira Jacknis (Head of Research).

The Exhibit:
Why do we sometimes know a lot about who made things, and why do we sometimes not? Why does it sometimes matter to us, and why might it sometimes not? These are the questions that will be raised in the exhibit that will inaugurate the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology’s renovated Kroeber Hall Gallery. The Museum will display objects from the collection that urge visitors to think critically about how perceptions of makers have varied in different times and different places. Objects such as ancient Peruvian jars, Tibetan Buddhist paintings, and Wedgwood china tell diverse stories of makers whose identities are obscure; a Yoruba divining tray, Karuk Indian baskets, and colorful Guatemalan textiles embody rich personal accounts of craftsmanship. Visitors are invited to reflect on the makers of their lives and share their stories. The exhibit will incorporate objects contributed by community members that illustrate the theme’s relevance to everyday life. The newly redesigned space, replete with warm woods and comfortable seating areas, will create a pleasing environment for audiences of all kinds.
NOTE: The exhibit runs through December 2017.

FEA Members Docent Tour of Tomb Treasures

FEA Members Docent Tour of Tomb Treasures

FEA Members Only Docent Tour of
the San Francisco Asian Art Museum’s Special Exhibit 
Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty
Friday, April 28th, 2017 – 10.30am

The group was limited to 20 reserved participants. We had Julia Verzhbinsky as our guide. She is a highly respected  Asian Art Museum docent and enthusiastic admirer of this exhibition

The ExhibitTomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty as described on the Asian Museum’s web site and in their Spring 2017 catalogue:

“Deep within the earth, a tomb is touched by sunlight for the first time in 2,000 years: Recently discovered objects from royal tombs reveal the extravagance, artistry and elegance of China’s Han dynasty.

One of the most powerful civilizations of the ancient world, China’s Han dynasty (206BCE-220CE) achieved profound cultural and artistic influence, technological advancements and military might.

Emulating their grand palaces, Han royals built lavishly furnished tombs so that, in the afterlife, no need would go unmet. Daily utensils, kitchen vessels, royal symbols, weaponry and even toiletries were all accounted for. And the nobility spared no expense preserving the tools of earthly pleasures — food, music, wine, sex — in anticipation of an afterlife to surpass this world.

On view for the first time in the U.S., 160 rare selections from recent excavations — including a jade coffin, rare bronze bells, elaborate crafts and much more — share the extravagance, artistry and elegance of Han royal clans. The Asian Art Museum is the only venue for this exhibition.”

NOTE:  The Exhibition runs through May 28.