An event focusing on tribal unity and pride will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Indian Walk-in Center, 120 W. 13000 South. The activity will start at 10 a.m. with the opening of an art show and sale. Professional, amateur and student artists from different tribes will exhibit their works. Included will be paintings, sculptures, graphic arts, pottery, jewelry and crafts.

Three professional artists who are participating include Dan Clark, Southern Ute; Cal Nez, Navajo; David John, Navajo; and Dan Growler, Paiute.Nez, owner of Cal Nez Design, stopped by the Deseret News the other day with two other Indian artists and Jean Melton, publicity chairman. He pointed out that the purposes of the show are:

- to promote communication between cultures.

- to bring buyers and sellers together.

- to encourage patrons to buy directly from artists.

- to spotlight different levels of Indian art - amateur to professional, crafts to fine art, traditional to modern.

- to show the public that Indian artists are producing fine art that can successfully compete in today's contemporary art market.

The art exhibit and sale will continue to 4 p.m. and then reopen again at 7 p.m., when an Indian Unity Benefit Pow-wow gets under way at the center. Proceeds will be used to further the work of Indian voter registration.

Master of ceremonies will be Harry Burk. Lacy Harris, arena director; the Lady Bird Singers, host drum; and Daryl Jack and Denise Taylor, head man and woman dancers.

During these two events, patrons can purchase Navajo tacos and fry bread prepared by members of the Intermountain Navajo Association.

Admission to the art show and powwow is free. However, the public is invited to contribute to the preservation of Indian culture by supporting the artists.

- An autograph party will be held today, Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m. at A Woman's Place Bookstore, 1400 S. Foothill Drive, Suite 240, in the Foothill Village Shopping Center. Focus will be on weaver Sharon Alderman, whose book "A Handweaver's Notebook" is now available for purchase.

Alderman is an expert fabric designer, teacher and writer. In her book, she guides weavers in designing weave structures, selecting materials and creating color harmonies that sing.

A Salt Lake textile artist, Alderman weaves commissioned fabrics for apparel and interiors. Her double-weave color studies can be found in private and public collections across the country.

"A Handweaver's Notebook" is published by Interweave Press of Loveland, Colo. It is available locally for $18 at A Woman's Place Bookstore and The Salt Lake City Weaver's Store.

- Somewhere out there are grants in search of artists. In fact, Regional Initiative seeks project-grant applications from artists in Utah and five other neighboring states. Projects may involve one or more of the following art disciplines: visual arts, installations, environmental art, video-film, text, music/sound, theater and environmental performance works.

About $23,000 will be awarded. Deadline for application is postmark date of Feb. 1, 1991. Guidelines and applications are available as of Dec. 1, 1989, from the Utah Arts Council or from New Forms: Regional Initiative, c/o Helena Presents, 15 N. Ewing, Helena, MT 59601.

- Lectures, workshops, classes.

Wednesday, Dec. 12, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Free gallery talk by Kelvin Yazzie. He will present and discuss a traditional Navajo medicine-wheel dance.

Wednesday, Dec. 19, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Ken Gumbert will lecture on exhibit "A Moving Point of Balance."

Wednesday, Jan. 2, noon, Salt Lake Art Center (328-4201) - Robin Lee Roberts will lecture on exhibit "A Moving Point of Balance."

- By Richard P. Christenson