FARMINGTON — The Civic Center will host about 64 artists on Saturday for a free community event that provides an opportunity to get unique Christmas gifts early. shopping. The seventh annual Dine Bahane Arts and Crafts Show will be held on Nov. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"I'm an artist myself, and part of what we learn to do here is how to promote our art," said Roberta Atcitty, the event's co-organizer. "We want them to talk about their art."

Atcitty's father was Navajo artist and Bataan Death March survivor Joe Kieyoomia. She recalls her family's struggle to put food on the table.

"We needed to make ends meet," Atcitty said.

Her father's hand made jewelry often put food on the table.

Although art was important to their daily lives, Atcitty says that she never embraced it for herself until her father passed away in 1997. She decided that her father's artistic legacy needed to continue and she began making jewelry herself.

But talking openly about their artwork and promoting it can be difficult for some Native Americans, Atcitty said. The craft fair presents them with an opportunity to promote their work.

The arts and crafts show, however, is not restricted to Native American artists. It is open to anyone interested in selling their work.

"It's not just Native art," Atcitty said.

This year's civic center space holds 64 artists.

It's full, but Atcitty tries not to turn anyone interested in participating away.


The show will feature original pieces ranging from jewelry to needlepoint work, said co-coordinator Shirley Lowe.

"It's a variety of art," Lowe said.

The event will feature Navajo artists alongside a number of church and high school groups.

"It's getting bigger and better and people come from all over to buy and sell," Lowe said. "It's a fun event for everyone."