Seri Art Show

Seri Art Show

  • Date: Friday, Feb 28th, 2020
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Location: NS/S Retail Store: 3061 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ
  • Seri Art Show featuring special guests Raquel Hoeffer and Martha Monroy. Both are talented artists known for their beautiful ironwood carvings and finely woven basketry. A selection of baskets, carvings and necklaces will be presented for sale to the public.

 

(Seri Artist, Martha Monroy, photo courtesy of Mike Gray) 

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The Seri (Comcáac) villages of Punta Chueca and El Desemboque are located in Sonora, Mexico on the coast of the Sea of Cortez, with a population of approximately 1,100 residents.

The Seri are intimately connected to both the desert and the sea; this is creatively expressed in their carvings and basketry designs. Baskets are crafted with fibers from the torote plant (jatropha cuneata) sometimes using a reddish-brown dye from the inner root of the white ratany plant. Vegetable dyes are made by soaking coiled plant material in boiling water until the desired color is achieved. Materials are gathered, then prepped by stripping the plants down to their pliable interiors prior to weaving. This dedication results in some of the finest and strongest basketry among native communities in the southwest. 

As evidenced by its name, ironwood is an extremely hard and dense material to work with, yet Seri pieces are hand-carved and richly polished in traditional ways. Sea creatures such as turtles, bottle-nose dolphins and sharks are often represented, as well as desert creatures such as lizards, snakes and roadrunners. (pictured left: carved ironwood sea turtle, photo courtesy of Mike Gray)