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2018 Native Treasures Living Treasure

MIAC is thrilled to showcase Maria Samora: Master of Elegance, an exhibition that highlights this year's Living Treasure and Native Treasurers Featured Artist.

Samora (Taos Pueblo) is known for her minimalist lines, interdisciplinary approach, and modern designs.

She began apprenticing with goldsmith and master gem cutter Phil Poirer in 1998 and went on to work with him for 15 years. Since striking out on her own in 2005, her jewelry has become known for the simplicity of its design, textured metals, and combinations of both gold and silver. Stones include traditional turquoise and unexpected choices such as diamonds, guava moonstone, and African opal.

The metalwork Samora has learned to incorporate are rooted in Etruscan, Greek, Egyptian, Syrian, and even Korean designs.

Samora's work will remain on display in MIAC's Diker Gallery through February of 2019.

Take a few moments to view this short documentary about Maria Samora below.