The Antelope Valley Indian Museum will give visitors the opportunity to meet artist Laura Fragua-Cota who has traveled from Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, to share her art with museum visitors tomorrow from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Laura’s paintings, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry celebrate her Pueblo heritage.
Laura is a graduate of the University of Albuquerque and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Her alabaster sculpture, “My Corn Meal Bowl Full of Prayers,” won Best of Show and the Pueblo Governor’s Award at the 1984 Eight Northern Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show and went on to win Best of Division at the Santa Fe Indian Market. One of her oil paintings and one of her hide paintings were also honored with awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Her oil painting took first place in the two dimensional category and her hide painting took the “Patrick Swazo Hinds Award for the Most Creative Painting” at the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Inc. (SWAIA) in Santa Fe, N.M. SWAIA Indian Art Market is an annual art show in August at the historic Santa Fe plaza that attracts thousands of people from all over the world. Laura’s ceramics are part of the permanent collections at the Institute of American Indian Art and the University of Arizona.
Museum admission is $3 for adults (cash only). Kids age 12 and under are free. The museum exhibits more than 4,000 objects created by the American Indian peoples of southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Visitors also enjoy the nature trail, gift shop, and picnic area.
The museum is located at 15701 East Avenue M, in Lake Los Angeles, east of Lancaster. From the 14 Freeway in Lancaster, go east on Avenue K to 150th Street East. Turn right and go south for two miles to Avenue M. Turn left and go east on Avenue M for one mile to the museum. Please, no pets. For more information, phone the museum at (661) 946-3055, or visit our website at www.avim.parks.ca.gov. Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AVIndianMuseum.