"Absolutely magnificent", was the rave given by Barbara Korn, Heard Museum Show official, to the Best of Show winning work of Oglala Sioux bead work artist, Molly Murphy.
Murphy's entry, titled "Past is Prologue", was a Salish-style cradle board, beaded in light blue turquoise.
Lovers of Native American tribal art recognize the Heard Museum Fair and Market as one of the pre-eminent competitions in the world of Native art. Murphy's work was in competition with seven other first place winners in other categories, representing an even more significant win.
The show attracted entries from more than 700 Indian artists. Crowds visiting the weekend festival were estimated at 20,000, a 14% increase over last year's attendance. This speaks well for the vitality and popularity of Native American Indian art
Murphy also won a Second Place award in the beading category with a sewing box covered in red wool and ornate beading.
Murphy reported that the cradle board was purchased by collectors from New Jersey, who have several grandchildren, including a very recent one.
More information about Murphy's win is available at the Missoulian, a Missoula, MT newspaper.
As fans of beautiful Native American bead work and all Native Tribal Art, Susanne & William Ernest Waites, providers of tribal art at TribalWorks.com, Native-JewelryLink.com, Native-PotteryLink.com and ZuniLink.com, salute Molly Murphy for her extraordinary work and her impressive win.