The new art gallery and store is taking over the retail space that was home to Atlas Travel Wear, which closed in February.
The new location offers unique Native American art along with specialty items from local and international artists from across North America. Sacred Circle is an offshoot of the Daybreak Star Art Gallery at the Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Discovery Park. While the Daybreak Star Art Gallery is an exhibit-only gallery, the new Sacred Circle shop will include both art and retail gifts. Daybreak Star Art Gallery, located in the Daybreak Star Cultural Center includes 100% art.
"We hope that being in the heart of the Ballard historical district brings us more foot traffic and attention to United Indians. We already have many friends and partners in the community that know our brand and mission and we hope to add many more," Vera Maldonado, Senior Director or the foundation's Revenue Division told the Ballard Alliance. This will be Sacred Circles' second giftshop location; they also have a store—the Sacred Circle Kiosk—at SeaTac Airport.
An entire wall in the new store will be dedicated to original paintings, some of which include framed Gicleé prints, matted art ready-to-frame, one of a kind carved rattles, masks, and jewelry pieces, Maldonado told the Alliance. All proceeds from the sales will go to the United Indians of All Tribes to support their services as well as to the artists from which the shop purchases their items.
The Sacred Circle Art Gallery in Ballard's will host an official grand opening sometime in June 2021. However, the shop is currently open and offers a number of gifts. The store plans on using its space for future live events in the future, including performances from Native musicians, artists, and other programs.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation was founded in 1970 with an array of cultural services. In 1977 the foundation built their headquarters, Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, in Discovery Park. Along with an abundance of Native art the Sacred Circle Gallery features work from contemporary artists.
The Sacred Circle Gallery holds a permanent collection of original Native American art, thanks to the City of Seattle’s 1% Art Program. As stated on their website, “Native American artists were selected through a national competition to create a group of works representative of contemporary India and Alaskan Native art.”
In addition to this collection, Sacred Circle is open to commissions and donations by the local Native community. Some of the pieces they are currently seeking include sculptures, custom clothing, pottery, weavings, textiles, and many more.