We are very excited to share with you that the Fine Art Museum of Sedona experienced another Sold Out Speaker Series “Tea and Turquoise” event with Carrie Cannon held Sunday, December 8th at Heartline Café in Sedona.

It became obvious very early in Carrie’s presentation that she is not only extremely knowledgeable about the history of turquoise and where it is mined worldwide, but she also spoke about the special significance of turquoise to individual tribes, as well as the distinctive cultural styles and the history of this wondrous stone.

A member of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma,  Carrie has a BS in Wildlife Biology, and an MS in Resource Management.  She began working for the Hualapai Tribe of Peach Springs, AZ in 2005, and is currently employed as an Ethnobotanist for the Hualapai Department of Cultural Resources.  She claims this is her first love, until she starts sharing her love of jewelry-making and the thrill of combining turquoise with gold, silver, wood, shells and other materials that bring out the creativity of the artist.

Carrie brought with her boxes and bags of turquoise samples: rough and polished stones, that were passed through the audience to handle and see at the differences in color and texture.  It was one of the highlights of her program.

Phyllis Cline, owner of Heartline, outdid herself with very creative tea sandwiches And salads and desserts – all with a southwestern flair.  According to the feedback from attendees, Tea & Turquoise was a unique education opportunity provided by The Museum.  Our thank you to all who attended.

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