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 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.

The History of Indian Jewelry from Mid 19th Century Through the 1950s When the Name-Driven Marketplace Began

The History of Indian Jewelry from Mid 19th Century Through the 1950s When the Name-Driven Marketplace Began

By Steve and Diana Begner

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 10-11 AM

Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA  Share



Steve and Diana Begner of Turkey Mountain Traders will share stories and images of the history and traditions of Southwest jewelry. The lecture will begin with early examples of Navajo, Zuni and Pueblo silverwork, through the history of this beautiful artistry until the time when the art form changed to a name-driven marketplace (about 1965).  As that occurs, we witness a new generation of leading artists, including Kenneth Begay, Charles Loloma, and Preston Monongye, “the Big Three” of this era.


American Indian Art Show|Marin 

Revealing Indonesian Aesthetics: A Context of Understanding …and what makes a great piece?

Revealing Indonesian Aesthetics: A Context of Understanding…and what makes a great piece?
10am Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Festival Pavilion Lecture Room, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco  Share

Watch the Panel:
Ten slides and ten minutes each with world authorities offering insights into their area of passionate expertise!

Thomas Murray, moderator, introducing the Austronesian roots of Indonesian Tribal art and later influences of India, China, Islam and Europe

James Willis, senior expert, revisits his historic 1979 exhibition, “Sculpture of the Batak”…never have so many Batak masterpieces been brought together before or since!

Mark Johnson, Borneo specialist, will speak on the Kayanic Dayak tribes of East Borneo and their fabulously compelling sculpture.

Curt and Keith Clemson, guest curators of the Indonesian textile exhibit at the show entrance, will discuss great works of textile art achieved with ikat dying and back strap weaving.

Gregory Ghent to speak about Balinese Culture, music, dance, masks and sculpture of his adopted land.

John Struzinski, noted dealer and authority, will introduce Javanese aesthetics, Kris and Kris Handles his area of great collecting interest.

Natasha Reichle, curator of SE Asian Art at the SF Asian Museum, will talk about the James and Elaine Connell donation of Indonesian Tribal Gold and the Glenn and Joan Vinson Gift of Batik…stunning pieces all and a reminder of the satisfactions of museum philanthropy.

With a wrap up round table to answer questions, time permitting! A guaranteed interesting and informative morning will be had by all!

Location: Lecture Room, Festival Pavillion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
Date: Sunday, February 12,10am
Cost: Entrance is included with admission to San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show 2017
Produced by: Friends of Ethnic Art and Dave DeRoche
Refreshments: Coffee & bakery treats

2016 Annual Meeting, Auction, and Party

In a lovely city park in the East Bay.

The FEA Annual Party & Fund-Raising Auction, always a delight,
was in a warm and welcoming close-in East Bay venue easy for driving and parking.

It was a perfect occasion to wear some of your ethnic jewelry and dress.

We welcomed new folks and new members.
Guests every year have loved the party and the auction.

(catered by the same chef that got such rave reviews at our 2014 event)
Farm Table – Dried Fruit, Seasonal Berries, Local Cheeses, Spiced Nuts, Beads, Olives
Fresh Summer Rolls with Carrot, Cilantro, Sweet Chile Sauce
Five Spiced Glazed Chicken with Ginger, Red Pepper, Cilantro, Soy, Molasses, lemon
Lemongrass Beef Kebob with Chile-Lime Vinaigrette, Fish sauce, chile, lemon
Crisp Arugula & Tat Soi Salad with fried Won Ton Skins, Mandarin Oranges, Toasted Almonds, sweet chile vinaigrette
Vermicelli Noodle Salad with Carrot, Cilantro, Cabbage, Green Onion, Lime, Sugar, Vinegar
Steamed Basmati Rice
Dessert Bar – Cinnamon Crunch Bar, Tropical Fruit Tartlet, Candied Pecan Tartlet, Vanilla Éclair, Lemon Meringue Tart, Opera Square, Cake Pops . . . and more

Three musicians played songs of the hill tribes of Southeast Asia.

There was a wonderful display of the 100+ donated ethnic artworks available in our Annual Fundraising Auction, including:
* African, Himalayan, Mexican, and Oceanic masks;
* Ethnic jewelry from necklaces to bracelets;
* Antique Andean textiles and finely woven Asian costumes;
* Tribal ancestor figures and powerful sculptural woodcarvings;
* Bowls, baskets, boxes, bangles, and beads;
* Pre-Columbian and Pre-Historic art and artifacts; and,
* A charming and colorful donated collection of ethnic and folk art

You can join FEA or renew your membership to be invited to future FEA events by using PayPal via

or postal mail to PO Box 1503, Mountain View, CA 94042

Some of the donated auction items:


An exquisitely delicate Japanese cup: made of porcelain so thin it is translucent, finely painted by an accomplished artist


ArnhemLandBarkPainting Arnhem Land Bark Painting

TuaregLocks Tuareg Locks

VietnamScooterMan Vietnam Scooter Man

MosiDoll Burkina Faso Mosi Doll

DanMask Ivory Coast Dan Bird Mask- excellent quality

EthiopianMilkBottle Ethiopian Milk Container

BerberNecklace Moroccan Berber Necklace

SolomonIslandsStaff Solomon Islands Mother of Pearl Staff

BeerCanBriefcase West African Beer Can Briefcase-

The hippest briefcase ever:  made from beer cans, a clever example of African Folk Art, amusing and witty. Beautifully executed with comics used for the lining.  Quite a statement is to be made with this!

TuaregBowl Tuareg Bowl

SexCache Kenyan Women’s Modesty Belt

JapaneseDoll Japanese Doll

FullSizeRender Lega Stool

DSC_0041 Papua New Guinea Payback Doll






DSC_0044 Papua New Guinea Penis sheath

DSC_0054 Beaded Cameroon Crown


DSC_0105 Khmer style wooden Buddha head



Shoes to challenge the most accomplished fashionista.  Another statement item!


Odyssey of Quetzalcoatl

The Odyssey of Quetzalcoatl: Art and Transnationalism in West Mexico’s Late Antiquity
by John M. D. Pohl, PhD; Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA
de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
October 29, 2016, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Koret Auditorium

The 2016 Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture

The ceramic arts of ancient West Mexico are renowned for their refined execution and inventive design. The abstract treatment of such subjects as fierce warriors and playful dogs appealed to collectors in the 1960s and remain highly sought after today. At the same time, a significant but lesser known tradition of highly decorative and colorful works also appeared on the art market.

Originating from the same region, these ceramics are attributed to the later 15th century Aztatlan tradition but exhibit characteristics associated with screenfold codices from southern Mexico. What explains the florescence of such a sophisticated form of art and writing so far from its place of origin? In examining this mystery, John Pohl will discuss the Pre-Columbian system of transnational marriage alliances, trading networks and shared religious practices that linked the peoples of the Pacific Coast from Oaxaca to the American Southwest.

John M. D. Pohl is an authority on the Aztec, Nahua, Mixtec and Zapotec civilizations of southern Mexico. He has directed numerous excavations in North and Central America and has held fellowships with Dumbarton Oaks and the National Gallery’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, among others. Dr. Pohl has served as a scholar and curator for many major exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art and has authored numerous publications, including The Legend of Lord Eight Deer (2012) and Exploring Mesoamerica: Places in Time (2000). Dr. Pohl is acclaimed for his ability to bring the ancient past to life using a wide variety of innovative skills and techniques rooted in a background that combines art history, archaeology, and media production.

Art and Diplomacy in Ancient Ife

“Art and Diplomacy in Ancient Ife”
Suzanne Preston Blier, Ph.D.
Tuesday, April 12, 6:30pm
Foad Satterfield’s art studio – 4333 Holden St., Studio #57, Emeryville
MH1-Munich Passum Figure

Those of you attending the FEA event will thrill to both a ground-breaking, intellectually challenging speaker/researcher/author and to an aesthetically stimulating and artful environment.

Our venue will be at the painting studio of artist, art professor, curator and collector Foad Satterfield. We will not only be able to observe Foad’s workspace and paintings, but will be allowed to study his collection of African art as well, especially Yoruba sculptures that relate to our lecturer’s discussion and slide show.

Suzanne Preston Blier is a highly esteemed historian of African art and architecture and Allen Whitehill Clowes Professor at Harvard University. Stealing from her biography, “After falling in love with Africa during a tour in the Peace Corps, she went on to earn her Ph.D. in Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.” Her books have won many notable awards, as has she, including Guggenheim, Fulbright, and Getty fellowships. Her most recent book, Art and Risk in Ancient Yoruba: Ife History, Power and Identity, c.1300, received the 2015 Prose Prize in Art History and Criticism. In this important book she ‘challenges and stretches academic debate’ about the ancient Nigerian city-state that is absolutely central to the cultural history and art of Africa and her most numerous people, the 40 million Yoruba. Ife, circa AD 1300, created an extremely refined and naturalistic sculptural tradition that is one of the greatest in the world’s art history.

This event will begin with a reception that will give us a chance to meet the speaker and our host. (Allow extra time for traffic delays!) Wine and cheese will be served and you may wander the studio to look at the African artworks and our host’s paintings. Promptly at 7pm the lecture and PowerPoint presentation will start, with final Q&A ending at 8pm. More reception time will follow.

Foad Satterfield’s art studio is in the center of the Bay Area, easily accessed from freeways #80, #580, #24, and the Bay Bridge. It is just a few miles northeast of where the Bay Bridge comes to earth in Oakland/Emeryville.
Parking is open, free, and safe, in a non-residential industrial/warehouse/studio/loft neighborhood.
Address: 4333 Holden St., Studio #57, Emeryville 94608, near 45th St and Hollis St.
Directions: From Highways #80 and #580 in Emeryville, near Ikea, take the “Powell St.” exit.
Go East on Powell St., up and over the RR tracks.
At a light, turn right/south on Hollis St.
Take a right onto 45th St.
Take the first left onto Holden St.
The door to Studio #57 at 4333 Holden St. is near the sidewalk on your right, just 100 yards down the first block of Holden St.

The Greatest of Oceanic Art: Arguing Aesthetics

  • The Greatest of Oceanic Art: Arguing Aesthetics
    International Experts Illuminate and Discuss Favorite Unseen Masterpieces 
    10am, Sunday, February 21, The Firehouse, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

    Watch the first of Friends of Ethnic Art’s Lecture and Panel Series posted on YouTube

    Mark Blackburn, collector
    Chris Boylan, dealer
    Michael Hamson, field collector and dealer
    Christina Hellmich, the de Young Museum’s Curator in Charge of Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
    Christian Kaufmann,  former curator for Oceania at the Museum der Kulturen Basel
    Eric Kjellgren, former Metropolitan Museum of Art  Curator for Oceanic Art
    Caroline Yacoe, dealer and film maker
    Sam Singer, a long time collector will co-moderate with
    Dave DeRoche, FEA Board Member, collector and dealer

The annual February Friends of Ethnic Art event is on the last day of the San Francisco Tribal and Textile Arts Show. By that time, art lovers and collectors have had time (Thursday night Opening Reception, Friday & Saturday open all day 11-7) to tour the show, exhibiting dealers are relaxed and over their pre-show set-up and stress, and East Coast and European visitors have recovered from jet lag and partying. Wise locals know that 10AM is the only time when they can park easily and close.

This year’s FEA presentation is innovative and unique. Discussion will feature projection and analysis of rare masterworks, from god- and ancestor-honoring statues and ceremonial dance masks to textiles, weapons, artifacts, and jewelry. Friends of Ethnic Art has enlisted a remarkable grouping of collectors and curators, dealers and discoverers, art historians and anthropologists: an internationally renowned panel representative of the disparate persons who love and study and handle Oceanic art. They were chosen for their “good eye” for aesthetics, their exceptional knowledge of all facets of, or special regions of, Oceanic art — Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia, the South Pacific from New Guinea to Hawaii — and their ability to speak insightfully and originally. Expect to enjoy expertise, eloquence, perhaps egotism, and eye candy, ranging from the elegance of Polynesian art to the power and Surrealism of Melanesian art. Aesthetics will be analyzed and argued. You’ll see different visions and hear different points of view.

The panelists will identify each piece as to what it is and what Pacific culture it is from. Many of these objects are in lesser-seen museums and institutions, or the rarest books, or the dusty shelves of old private collections. But Why did that expert choose that piece? Panelists will lead the audience into really seeing and comprehending the sculptor’s success in imbuing great power in a figure or a mask, or capturing great shape and form in a club or a charm, or creating wondrously abstract designs on a shield or a churinga. The entire panel will be able to praise or puncture their choices, and the audience will form their own, very personal, opinions.

The floor will then be open for comments, comparisons, and critiques.
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Produced by Friends of Ethnic Art and Dave DeRoche

2019 February Art Shows – Sign-Up For Membership Info Tables, Enjoy Panel/Lecture



for the February 2019 Art Shows!

Each year we ask members to represent FEA with their personal experiences and FEA brochures and FEA event information at the Shows to share with potential new members and current members.

We hope to assign 2 volunteers to each 3- hour shift. But, if you can’t commit to 3 hours, perhaps you can volunteer for an hour or two?
You don’t have to be at the table with chairs during your entire shift. You can take breaks, and choose to be active and chat with visitors as they pass by or less so. You never know who you’ll meet and it’s fun! Past volunteers confirm this!


Please include your name and best phone contact information for the day of the show.


Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA:

February 10th — 12th :

Friday (11-7), Saturday (11-7) and Sunday (11-5)

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American Indian Art Show|Marin

Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA:

 February 16th — 17th :

Saturday (11-6 ) and Sunday (11-4)

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Walk-Through of the de Young Museum’s Exhibition Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

An FEA Members-Only Walk-Through of the de Young Museum’s Exhibition Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Nā Hulu Ali‘i

Christina Hellmich, curator in charge of the department of the arts of
Africa, Oceania and the Americas and the Jolika Collection of New Guinea Art, will lead a private tour as she explores the distinctive art, culture, and history of Hawai‘i in the first exhibition of Hawaiian featherwork on the continental U.S. The exhibition features over 75 rare and stunning examples of the finest featherwork capes and cloaks in existence, as well as royal staffs of feathers, feather lei, helmets, and related eighteenth and nineteenth century paintings and works on paper.

Symbols of the power and status of Hawai‘i’s monarchs at home and abroad, these vibrantly colored treasures of the Hawaiian people endure today as masterpieces of unparalleled artistry, technical skill, and cultural pride.

A limited Friends of Ethnic Art-members walk-through will focus on these great art objects and hear Curator Christina Hellmich elaborate on the historical and cultural concepts behind their creation.
Our group will be limited to 20 FEA members.