Monday, December 9, 2013

Cliff Fragua: Featured Artist of the 2013 Indian Market

"Sun Woman"
This year’s Indian Market Featured Artist is Cliff Fragua.  Native Pueblo sculptor, Cliff Fragua, has learned the secret of the stone through his cultural and ancestral teachings. Based in Native American themes, his work shows pride for his culture and a deep understanding of the inherent spirituality of the stone. He has chosen stone as his medium of expression because it is a combination of the basic elements of the earth.  He feels that the honesty and purity of this most basic of material permits him to express himself from the heart and to express the spirit that Native people respect and revere as embodied in the stone.

“The stone speaks to me by its color and sound. I look at the color and the characteristics of the stone, then I tap it to listen for a ringing sound. If it rings, then the stone is solid. I interpret the ringing as singing, hence the name of my studio.

My connection with the stone involves spirituality and reverence for the spirit that dwells within. It has been on this earth much longer than man and for this reason the stone becomes the teacher, it is simply what my ancestors believe. I am the mediator between the stone and the tools; the stone and the viewer. I visualize what the stone wants to become and I strive to help it blossom.” 
-- Cliff Fragua  

Learn more about Cliff and his art by visiting his website  Meet Cliff Fragua at the 37th Annual Pueblo Grande Indian Market on December 14 and 15 at Pueblo Grande Museum.  Gates open at 9 a.m. both days and tickets are only $5 per person, with FREE entry for children 11 and younger.  You won’t want to miss it, especially if you are last-minute holiday shopping.

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