11 x 18″ Watercolor and Gouache on paper
Again, from the inside of a Plains Indian tipi, this tale of days gone: a wild horse round-up. I have not been blogging for awhile: I’ve begun work on a PhD in Art Education at the University of Arizona, Tucson. I am loving the challenges it presents me, along with exploring the Southwest culture for awhile. I have had a solo exhibit at the Lionel Rombach Gallery on the UA campus, and will be exhibiting some pieces in an annex gallery starting on Thursday of this week. I continue to paint: just adding new input to the mix!
Sitting Bull had a vision of soldiers falling into camp, which inspired this painting. Years later, Amos Bad Heart Bull created a beautifully rendered collection of drawings depicting tales from the Battle of the Greasy Grass, or as known by many as the Battle of the Little Bighorn. During the initial stages of the battle, Major Reno was ordered to attack a Native American settlement on the edges of the Bighorn River, and found much more than he bargained for. Mounted Native riders came streaming at the Calvary, forcing their retreat and defeat. The crows in this painting are symbolic those who saw the battle from the sky and foretell of General George Armstrong Custer’s pending annihilation.
This painting is currently on display at Prairie Edge in Rapid City. I am in Tucson currently, and will be having an exhibition at the Lionel Rombach Gallery opening on Sept. 23rd.
11 x 18 Watercolor and Gouache on paper
Framed in an acrylic shadowbox frame, this piece evokes the museum setting most Plains Indian artifacts now are housed.
Modern man, as he observes artifacts from the past has his own understanding and experiences woven within. Once an artifact has passed from the hands of the one who made it, changes in interpretation and meaning have already begun.
Come see artwork created by local artists: This is one of the pieces I will be having on exhibit!
ANNUAL ARTISTS OF THE BLACK HILLS (ABH) ART SHOW & SALE WILL BE HELD AT
THE DAHL ARTS CENTER, 713 7th Street, Rapid City, South Dakota.
Art in an exciting array of mediums, styles and subjects will please the tastes of all manner of art lovers.
The Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) will host it’s Annual Show and Sale at the Dahl Arts Center, 713 7th Street,
Rapid City, SD in the Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery from May 24, 2013 through June 29, 2013. A
reception is planned for May 31, 2013, 5-7pm.
Daily exhibition hours are Monday – Saturday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM.
The Show and Sale will feature the newest work of 32 of this region’s finest artists, all signature members
of the Artists of the Black Hills professional organization.These artists are at the forefront of fostering the
growth of the visual arts in the Black Hills region and they each excel in their chosen medium. It is always
exciting to see the new work each artist has created in preparation for this show. Whether you live in the
Black Hills or are a visitor to this area, it’s a great event and a wonderful way to spend a day out.
“This year’s Annual show will be exceptional and showdcase 32 of our region’s finest artists displaying their
newest work. We are excited to be showing at the Dahl this year and for the next several years!”, notes ABH
founding member Mick B. Harrison. The opening night (Friday, May 31, 2013 from 5 pm to 7 pm) festivities will
once again feature not only great art but the exqisite catering of Catered Two .
ABH is an organization of professional artists and galleries with the common goal of establishing the Black
Hills as an art destination. To learn more about ABH artists go to the ABH website at
www.artistsoftheblackhills.org. or see us on Facebook.
This is a painterly interpretation of the textures found at the rendezvous: leather, beads, quillwork, and beadwork… all interwoven into the fabric which was the Rendezvous trade.
This painting is more loosely painted: letting the leather fringe and beads fuse together with small patches of seed bead patterns and quill work. All combine to convey the textures and patterns of early American trade between cultures.
Visits to modern day rendezvous have been an intriguing glimpse into what life was like for early trapper/trader and Native American gatherings. During the inception of this trade, items from each culture were highly desirable by the other, and not only goods, but culture was exchanged at the rendezvous. Rendezvous means “coming together” and until the trade became strained, it was a time of wonderful sharing of trades, stories and survival skills. All threads of the America we have created today. This painting incorporates a symbol characteristic of my work: a rend in the canvas. Symbolic of breakdown over time, this painting shows lucrative trade, but the strain destined to destroy it.
I just returned from showing this painting along with many others at Western Art Week in Great Falls, MT. This painting was a hit with the people who came into my display room to see what “Art of the Rendezvous” was all about.
For a short period of time, the barter system set up by trapper/traders and Native Americans were initially mutually beneficial.
Then, like most business deals, things changed…
The barter was broken, as were promises.
I have been doing paintings of trade beads for many years, and have been re-visiting the subject matter. Beautiful old glass trade beads and ancient clay beads continue to call to me and ask to be interpreted.
In reference to early trade goods and their use as currency in the beaver pelt trade. Magic to the touch, and glowing in the sunlight, trade beads such as these changed the world.
The ancient Egyptians made beads, and then the secrets to the process of creating glass beads was lost to time. The Venetians, famed with their glass-blowing skills yet today, eventually were able to duplicate the process, and this became a well guarded secret for generations. It was indeed a very powerful currency, until eventually the trade secrets were leaked, and beads were made world-wide. Still, a very material and time demanding process, what is viewed as a trifle with today’s technology, remained a very valuable form of currency as mankind spread around the globe.
This detailed and large-scale painting of vintage trade beads is framed in an antiqued gold deep frame, which accentuates the gem-like quality of the beads. To do paintings of trade beads has become a passion and one that I will continue to explore.
My fascination with trade beads began with a visit to a rendezvous. The modern day rendezvous is a reenactment of the early days of westward expansion in which trapper/traders and Native Americans traded goods and culture. In the initial stages, the trade was driven by luxury goods: beaver pelts for beads and metal goods. The objects of the trade were the currency. Beaver pelts and beads were major currency at one time. Those two items, ironically, were largely luxury goods: making westward expansion and trade a fashion-driven enterprise!Earlier Posts »