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: