On the second Thursday of each month, the Koshare Indian Museum and Kiva hosts a themed event open to all in the community. Several of La Junta's creatives met at the Kiva for December's craft-themed event.
On the second Thursday of each month, the Koshare Indian Museum and Kiva hosts a themed event open to all in the community. Several of La Junta’s creatives met at the Kiva for December’s craft-themed event.
Beginning at 5 p.m., attendees chose a necklace (inspired by the Koshare Indian craft style) that they would then model their own creation off of. Several enjoyed adding their own individual style to their necklaces as they carefully placed a variety of beads in a pattern unique to the crafter. David Balicki led the crafters through the technique and offered his help throughout the process. By the end of the project, each crafter had procured a necklace unlike the others; no two were the same.
Immediately following the art of necklace crafting, famed painter Jeremy Manyik led the group in an immersive painting session. Having all materials including canvas, paints, brushes, and pencils provided, as well as the instruction from Manyik, attendees were able to hone their skills with ease. Manyik provided a collection of photos from which the painters could choose from; each featuring Native American pottery. It was the goal of the painter to recreate the photo using oil paints.
After a few hours, the artists had completed an original work of art, again unique to the painter. Several chose to add their own individual touches to their artworks.
Similar to all other monthly events, wine and beer was provided by the Koshare Indian Museum and Kiva.