Innovation in Pueblo Arts: Tradition, Transformation, and the Marketplace

Friends of Ethnic Art presents a FREE Lecture
Sunday Feb. 17, 10-11 AM
At the 2019 Marin American Indian Art Show

Innovation in Pueblo Arts:
Tradition, Transformation, and the Marketplace

By Bruce Bernstein, PhD

At the turn of the 20th century, the notion of Indian art as art in its own right and not ethnography was a foreign concept. Dr. Bernstein will discuss what has happened since then, focusing on Pueblo pottery and paintings. It is a story of the ever-evolving independent creativity of Native artists to shape their arts, culture, and their market.

Dr. Bruce Bernstein is a leading authority on Native arts of the American Southwest. He has held directorship positions at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, The Museum of Indian Art (Santa Fe), and The Santa Fe Indian Market. Currently, he serves as Executive Director with the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pueblo of Pojoaque.

Tribal & Ethnic Art Reception

You are invited to a unique inaugural event:

Tribal & Ethnic Art Reception & Holidays Party With Art Show & Sale

December 1, 2018, Saturday, 4:00 pm–7 pm 

Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont

Co-Hosted by: Friends of Ethnic Art & *San Francisco Tribal

Two of the most active organizations in the SF Bay Area’s thriving tribal and ethnic arts Community are joining forces to kick off the holiday season with a Free art exhibition/sale/reception featuring good cheer and good international indigenous art.

RSVP now for your FREE & FAST ADMISSION (to help us plan foods and print name tags)

Spurred by the success and enthusiasm of both art buyers and sellers at this past summer’s FEA Treasure Market, an artful swap meet and sale put on by Friends of Ethnic Art at their annual party, the long-established dealers who constitute San Francisco Tribal decided to reprise the concept, use it as an excuse for a holiday reception and sale for their supporters, and invite Friends of Ethnic Art to work, party, and appreciate art together.  These vibrant nonprofits share the same goals: to expose and educate new and young people to the aesthetic and cultural delights of ethnic and tribal art, and to provide opportunities for those who already study and collect this art to share their appreciation and camaraderie.

This event, free to you, your guests, and the public, will join the tribal art professionals of SF Tribal with the art amateurs, (in the sense of lovers of art), Friends of Ethnic Art.  Collectors, as well as those seeking unique holiday gifts to bestow upon their relatives, friends, and their very own collections will benefit.  Dozens of varied sellers and temporary traders are expected to be at their own tables and offer treasures at all price levels and from all over the world. Discover 20—35 tables laden with ethnic, ancient, and tribal art offered at exceptionally tempting prices by: amateurs, professionals, collectors, heirs, disgruntled spouses, world travelers, dealers overstocked with collections and storage bills, art-lovers who have run out of room or money, retiring dealers, and downsizing and gracefully aging collectors. Some sellers plan to have part of their offerings be more inexpensively priced/SALE objects and another part be more important, collector-oriented pieces.

Enjoy a cornucopia of tasty ethnic appetizers and festive holiday foods and drinks.

Our events are a great excuse to wear your festive ethnic clothing and jewelry.

See Art of:

  • *Africa
  • *Oceania, including New Guinea, the South Seas, and Indonesia
  • *The Americas, including Pre-Colombian, American Indian, and Spanish Colonial
  • *Tribal Asia, including SE Asia, the Himalayas, Indonesia; and China, Japan, and India
  • * Masks     * Figurative Sculptures of Wood & Stone      * Shields & Weapons   * Ethnic Jewelry & Adornment      * Textiles     * Ceremonial, Ritual, and Healing Objects

If you wish to inform others who might want to join, and/or attend the party free, Please Share.

Bring guests and friends who may be intrigued by ethnic and tribal arts, and/or who may be fascinated by the arts and peoples of the world’s cultures.

RSVP now for your FREE & FAST ADMISSION (to help us plan foods and print name tags)

**Have you always wanted to…

  • *  Be an art dealer, for a day?
  • *  Trade your duplicates and collection overstock for something fresh from another collector?
  • *  Make room in your house? In your storage? In your estate?
  • * Sell your art collection that your children don’t really want to inherit?

 YOU Can Sell or Trade YOUR Art.

Those philanthropist Friends so wishing, may sell at their table objects for the benefit of FEA, or for 50% or 75% partial benefit to FEA. Signs should be displayed saying such. You are much appreciated. Please advise Dave DeRoche of your desire to benefit FEA, preferably prior to the event.

Sellers/traders with tables, not FEA, are responsible for labeling, pricing, bargaining, selling, trading, collecting money, making change, writing receipts, guaranteeing authenticity or not, security, breakage or losses, transporting away, and removing trash.See

***If you’d like to donate significant ethnic art objects to FEA now, in this tax year, please email

After paying dues, members are welcome to reserve a table. First come, first served, while space lasts, or until Sunday, Nov. 25.    

 Pay via   or

Check to “FEA”, PO Box 1503, Mountain View, CA  94042-1503

Bring enough cash or SEPARATE checks to pay EACH member exhibitor you buy from.  You’ll want to keep your options open among the plethora of offerings. 

FEA will NOT process credit card payments for sales by Exhibitors.

The Piedmont Center for the Arts is in a quiet town in the center of the Bay Area and just 4 miles from freeways #80, #580, #24, #13, #880, and #980, and Rockridge BART.

Ample close, free, and safe street parking surrounds the Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave. at Bonita Ave, Piedmont 94611,-122.2320045,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe369ae326d086960!8m2!3d37.8240125!4d-122.2330345

*San Francisco Tribal is an association of tribal art dealers from the San Francisco Bay Area. The association is comprised of 12 experts in African art, Oceanic art, Asian art, pre-Columbian art and North American Indian art. The members offer a wide range of high quality sculpture, masks, textiles, ceramics, weapons, shields and jewelry from ancient and traditional cultures and are committed to a standard of excellence and professional conduct.



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

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

Have a look

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

An afternoon at the home of two FEA members.  Their friend and fellow FEA member provided a brief slide show about Ethiopia and prepared 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 were served.

There was a slideshow and talk about Ethiopia, followed by the Coffee Ceremony.  In between, we wandered through the house and gardens, enjoyed the art and enjoyed the good company!

New/renewing members can receive an invitation from

Space was limited to the first 30 to reserve!

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

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

DRAFT Instructions for Traders With Tables

1)      Make sure you have a table reserved and paid for. Bring a tablecloth for a nice presentation.,-122.2320045,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xe369ae326d086960!8m2!3d37.8240125!4d-122.2330345

The handicapped RAMP starts at the sidewalk on Bonita Ave., about 30 yards north of Magnolia, on the east side of the street.

2)      Arrive by 3:15 pm to get into line to check in, get your table location and name tag, and bring in and unpack boxes from your vehicle.

3)      You and your boxes will enter the building via the handicapped RAMP at the back-left (northwest) corner of the Piedmont Center for the Arts

4)     After unloading , you should re-park your vehicle 2+ blocks away so that (especially our less spry) buyers can easily attend and buy.


Before leaving home, it is recommended that you:

4)      Label each object with a short description/tribe/use; removable sticky labels, or stringed tags can be bought at stationers stores.

5)      Print an Asking Price on the label

6)      Print you own initials or name on the label or object

7)      Bring at least $100–$200 in small-bills change, and at least 4-8 blank checks for offsetting trades or buying. (There will be bargains to buy at nearby tables.)

8)      Wrap your objects in bubble-wrap or old paper or towels to cushion them, and bring them in boxes you can carry. Bubble-Wrap-BAGS are fast and useful.

9)      It never hurts to have extra packing material and boxes and tape, for sold items and for packing  up afterwards.

10)   Bring two pens, and a duplicating receipt book so that you can give a sales receipt to buyers and keep a copy for yourself.

11)   Bring some business cards if you wish to be in touch with new contacts later.


Setting up, selling, and taking down:

12)   Set Up immediately after entry/registration. Most just put on their tablecloth and unwrap and lay things on their table.

13)   Most take boxes and wrapping back to their trunk. Some leave some packing and a box under their table.

14)   Sell, Trade, Buy, Bargain. You may wish to label “SOLD” your sold items (if not taken away yet) and your purchases.

15)   Answer questions if you can, make change, write up receipts if you wish.

16)   At 7 pm, or if you are finalizing sales then by 7:15 pm latest, get your boxes and wrapping material and pack up your unsolds and your purchases.

17)   Your table and its spot need to be completely empty and clean by 7:45 pm and we all need to be gone (or else sweeping/cleaning/taking trash) by 8pm.




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

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: 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

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: