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SUNDAY

One of the more miserable afternoons of my life was spent at a craft fair north of Santa Fe during a thunderstorm. I had hoped to see some black-on-black San Ildefonso pottery, but the wares offered to me and the scores of other tourists cowering in the mud beneath a large tree were mainly junk. I fared better at the Millicent Rogers Museum, north of Taos, which has substantial holdings of the spare, elegant work of Maria Martinez. The influence of Martinez and other pot-throwing Native American matriarchs will be evident at the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ exhibit, “The Legacy of Generations: Pottery by American Indian Women.” This afternoon, San Ildefonso’s Barbara Gonzalez joins several other artists for a panel discussion, “Issues in Contemporary American Indian Pottery.” Come in from the rain at 2 p.m. at the National Museum of Women in the Arts Auditorium, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5. For reservations call (202) 783-7370. (Glenn Dixon)