Thursday, October 2, 2008

ART & JUSTICE UNITE TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE FOR NATIVE RIGHTS


NARF Executive Director John Echohawk welcomes audience to 7th annual auction held August 22nd in Santa Fe at La Fonda Hotel.

NARF’s 7th Annual Visions for the Future Benefit Art Auction Sets a Record in Art Sales

SANTA FE, NM - 2008 proved to be another banner year for NARF’s annual Visions for the Future Art Auction. With more than 300 attendees and over 100 works of art for sale at the auction, NARF raised $114,411 in art sales and donations that will directly benefit NARF’s national work to defend the rights of Native peoples.

Some of the hottest and most respected artists in the Indian art world contributed one-of-a-kind artwork to the auction to support NARF. A range of businesses and tribes also contributed auction items this year. Art sales totaled $49,064-a new record for NARF besting last year’s record. In addition, more than $63,000 was raised through major event sponsorships and individual contributions to NARF’s event from tribes, businesses and supporters from
across the country.

Major highlights of the event included major bidding wars on several pieces including a lithograph by Rance Hood that drew a winning bid by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The piece went for more than three times its value. Nearly every item sold by the end of the night making it a truly a special and successful night to benefit the rights of Native Peoples!