September in the Northern Plains

Autumn is my favorite time of the year.  Though I dread the winter ahead, there’s great satisfaction in seeing the fruits of our labor.  Being a landscape painter, I can’t get enough of the color and texture enhanced by dramatic light.

Another favorite of fall is the Northern Plains Indian Art Market in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  September 20 through 23 will showcase 26 years of talent and strong tradition.  Artists from twenty three invited Northern tribes from the Northern United States and selected regions of Canada are eligible to participate.  I’m proud to have attended all of them.

Opening ceremony starts with the drum, prayer, handshakes, hugs, and smiles.  It’s great to see long time friends.  The Friday night preview in the Old Courthouse Museum is outstanding.  Winning pieces are on display that evening.  Saturday morning the market opens and we welcome the public and friends, old and new.  Sunday evening we all gather one more with the drum, prayer, handshakes, hugs, a few tears, and best wishes to send each on their way until we come to the circle again.

I’d like to invite you all to come and join us.  The Northern Plains Indian Market is the only all northern show in the country.   You will see some of the absolute best traditional works along with contemporary style art.  I’m including a link.  I think you will be impressed.  This event is heartfelt and so special to me, you will see why.

NPIAM Poster

 

A Full Summer’s Work

Summers are more hectic each year.  Time flies quickly and days are filled with family, travels, golf, work,checking cattle, and cutting a little hay.  I begin getting ready for Santa Fe Indian Market along with everything else.  It takes the entire summer to get enough works and I continue to work until it’s time to load the trailer and head for New Mexico.

August and Indian Market is an exciting time in Santa Fe.  There  is more art on display than a person can process and the best green chili in the world.  We get to spend precious time with the wonderful friends we’ve made there over the years and always connect with new acquaintances.  I am proud and honored to be included for the 21st time in this prestigious market.  There is satisfaction in displaying and selling a full summer’s work.

"Plains Style Bag" Mixed Media 16" x 4" Framed  24" x 12"

“Plains Style Bag”
Mixed Media
16″ x 4″
Framed 24″ x 12″

Look for us in Booth 715 LIN-W, across the street from the bank.  I have many new pieces that I’ve added here to my site, you’ll be among the first to see them.

A Little About My Art and What Inspires Me

 

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Born in Wyoming, I’m naturally influenced by the western lifestyle, cowboys, rodeo, Native culture and the magnificent landscapes only God could create.  Living in the Nebraska Sandhills where we have raised our family, I’m drawn to solitude and serenity and community.  As an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe from the Wind River Reservation, the generations of women before me have instilled sharing culture, heritage, tradition, and mostly, the love of family. Sharing my art has afforded me so many opportunities and taken me on adventures I never knew existed.  You may have met me over the years in Santa Fe, Phoenix, or maybe even Japan.   But mowing hay on a tractor,  checking pastures with my husband, or spending every day possible with our family is the source of who I am.  If we have not had the pleasure to meet, I think you’ll get a strong sense of who I am and the works I do. Welcome, I’m grateful to have so many many amazing opportunities.

My work is a two dimensional reflection of my daily life.  Being a wife, mother, and grandmother define the woman I am.