Australia: Defending the Oceans
Ghostnet Art
Shown for the First Time on the West Coast, Contemporary Australian Aboriginal Artworks
Come to the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show

Never before shown on the West Coast, a captivating exhibition of Australian aboriginal ghostnet sculptures called Australia: Defending the Oceans will be on view at the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Show.
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"Power and Colour - An Introduction to Aboriginal Art: Celebrating the Artists,
Their Communities and Culture"

February 8-11, 2018
"Power and Colour" an exhibit of new works from Australian Aboriginal artists, shown for the first time, will open at the 34th annual San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show at Fort Mason.

Curated by Yaama Ganu, a nonprofit Aboriginal gallery in Moree, New South Wales, the heart of the Kamilaroi Nation, the exhibit brings to San Francisco for the first time uniquely colorful and deeply symbolic art works selected from Aboriginal-managed Art Centre’s across the Australian Continent. Aboriginal paintings from many different tribal families will be presented.
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Presented by Peter Pap

Following the success of his ‘Artful Weavings’ exhibition and sale last year, Peter Pap will be presenting his second installment of the display in what he hopes will be an annual sale of distinctive tribal and village weavings from private collections that are fresh to the market.
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Germantown Navajo Weavings:
First Modern Art – 1870-1900

a selection of rare Germantown Navajo weavings from
collector Kim Martindale !


My Country
Presented by Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery

The term “My Country” is used throughout the central Australian Desert when an artist talks about their work. The artist will often state “it’s my country” or “that’s my country”, which does not refer to the artist’s ownership of land or country by white man’s title. Instead, it speaks of ownership through the passing of story, carried on by skin group and bloodline. It is the proud “ownership” of story that connects the artist to their country.
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The Mark & Carolyn Blackburn Collection

At the age of ten, Mark Blackburn was corresponding with a pen pal in Australia and developing his love for the country. Since those formative years, his love has only grown—as has his collection. Over the course of three decades, the collection has quietly grown to include various types of boomerangs. Blackburn— a world-renown collector of art and artifacts—admits that very few people even knew that he had been collecting boomerangs for so long. “It’s been so close to my heart, so deeply personal, that I just never discussed it much with anyone. I hold Australia very near and dear to my heart, and I hae since I was a child.”

“To me, the boomerang is the ultimate symbol of Australia. I look at this collection and it just resonates so deeply with me, because I see it and I see Australia.”

The collection on display features a fantastic array of boomerangs, including exemplary specimens of hunting boomerangs and stunning examples of stone-carved boomerangs.