Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Indigenous Visions!

The first Indigenous Visions event at the Heard Museum Shops was a tremendous success!  Many thanks to the artists; Steve LaRance, Nelson Tsosie, Johnson Yazzie, Michael Chiago, Jake Meders, Jon DeCelles and Jesse Monongye, who came and shared their talent with us! 

Also, many thanks to Native American Music Awards "Artist of the Year" Gabriel Ayala for performing in the courtyard.  If you would like to learn more about Gabriel,
visit his website here.
Here are some photo highlights from the Saturday event:

NAMA Artist of the Year, Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui)

Jesse Monongye (Navajo) talking with a customer

Nelson Tsosie (Navajo)

Nelson Tsosie (Navajo) with his sculptures in bronze and stone

Steve LaRance (Hopi)

Steve LaRance (Hopi) with his jewelry

Michael Chiago (Tohono O'odham) brought original watercolor paintings and
autographed his book "Singing Down the Rain" at Books & More

Johnson Yazzie (Navajo) with some of his paintings

During the event, Johnson also demonstrated. He chose to work in charcoal on paper and sketch as ideas came to him. This is what he did:

Just starting with an idea

In process


The finished sketch

Johnson says he sketches very freely and sometimes knows what he wants to create and sometimes just lets his mind wander and draws until something happens to spark an idea. He may use this image as a reference for a future painting but not until the image sparks a story for him to tell, because he says the story in his paintings is the most important part of what inspires him to create.

Jake Meders (Mechoopda Maidu)

Jon DeCelles (Assiniboine/Grovent)
All of our artists brought amazing work to show and sell and we all had a great time!

Check back in for information on our November Indigenous Visions which will coincide with the opening of our new exhibit "Native American Bolo Ties".

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