The exhibition Linking the Past to the Present features works by Oklahoma artists Anita Fields (Osage) and Tony Tiger (Sac and Fox). Like other contemporary Native American artists, their work is constantly changing and developing, while the past remains an integral part in their creative explorations. Whereas Fields incorporates abstract nature-related motifs based on traditional Osage textiles or Native American ceramics, Tiger uses historic photographs and tribal designs in his canvases to analyze different facets of tribal history and their continuing relevance. By embracing their own histories, both artists confirm the links that join past and present to the future.
Curated by Manuela Well-Off-Man
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For a special preview of the [Cherokee Art Market], TulsaPeople chatted with one of the visiting artists for our October issue:
From her childhood, Cherokee artist Sharon Irla recalls her mother’s sewing room and the handmade quilts and painted Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup bottles created by her grandmother. Both women influenced Irla’s career, first as a muralist and trompe l’oeil artist, and currently as an oil painter inspired by her Native American ancestry and culture.
Here are the minutes from the last SEIAA business meeting, along with some additional info:
Troy Jackson gave Treasurer’s Report.
Tony Tiger motioned to approve Treasurer’s Report.
Callie Chunestudy 2nded motion.
Artists participating in 2013 SEASAM show (Troy Jackson, Katherine Rackliff, Sharon Irla) each gave an overall favorable review of their experiences at the art show and market.
Congratulations to SEIAA Treasurer Troy Jackson, who won Best in Show, SEIAA Secretary Sharon Irla, Best in Category, Painting, and Lisa Rutherford, who won Best in Division, Cultural.
Discussion commenced regarding last-minute Cherokee Art Market booth set up and other pre-show arrangements. All artists scheduled to participate in the booth agreed to split the booth fee.
James McGirk proposed starting a blog for the association using WordPress and a one-time $69 template for the site.
Callie Chunestudy motioned to allow.
Roy Boney 2nded the motion.
Also be watching for the launch of a new and expanded seiaa.org website! Thanks to James and Amy McGirk for being willing to take the reins for a long-needed task!
Our next meeting will be held at Bobby Martin’s 7 Springs Studio at 6:30 November 5. We’ll be having a pot luck supper and print party. Come ready to make some art!
If you need a map to the studio, let me know and I can send one.
Blessings to all!
Bobby C. Martin