The spirit of Native American culture comes alive in “Seven Directions” through the work of twelve distinguished, award winning American Indian artists, showing from November through December at The Walkers’ Gallery in the San Marcos Activity Center on 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, Texas. The featured artist is Donald Vann, “One of the best known Indian artists working in this century,” according to the Cherokee National Historical Society.
To celebrate the exhibit’s opening, the artists will attend a reception in their honor on Friday, November 13 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the gallery. The public is invited to enjoy Native American performances, a silent auction with art donated by the artists, Native food, flute performances, Native poets, and a reception-night-only exhibit of original pieces. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
“In the twelve years of Walkers’ Gallery exhibits, ‘Seven Directions’ will be one of the most extraordinary and professional ever. We are very excited to be presenting the work of these nationally recognized Native American artists,” says curator Linda Kelsey-Jones, who is also president of the San Marcos Area Arts Council, one of the exhibit sponsors. “The variety of media and styles represented––from painting, printmaking and textile sculpture, to beadwork, clothing and artifact reproduction––will make this a vibrant and inspiring celebration of Native American culture.”
The exhibit was developed by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute to celebrate Native American heritage and to raise awareness about the myriad of contributions made by indigenous people.
“American Indians from the top of the Western Hemisphere to the tip of South America have made incredible contributions to society,” says Dr. Mario Garza, board chair of the institute. “Our exhibit’s artists capture the beauty and magnificence of the cultures of several tribal groups, and also reflect our unique and inspiring world view as American Indians.”
This exhibit is sponsored by Indigenous Cultures Institute, the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the City of San Marcos, and funded by the San Marcos Minority Tourism Development Commission.
About the Artists
Donald Vann creates images designed to make people see with their hearts. He was honored by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of the American Indian with their top painting award for watercolor medium. Bonnie Woodie’s wearable art designs are a blend of Native Indian and high fashion couture and are best known for their elaborate appliqué and beadwork. Joseph Skywolf’s beadwork and artifact reproductions have received worldwide recognition and have been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution and the Museums of Natural Science in London, Scotland, Venezuela, and Japan. Dana Tiger is the daughter of nationally acclaimed artist Jerome Tiger and an amazing artist and author in her own right. Gabriel Gaytan has produced original works for clients such as the McDonald Observatory and is best known for his mural-sized paintings and bold “Native-Mexican” art pieces. Sam Coronado is an Austin based artist celebrity of Mayan ancestry who has achieved international recognition through his serigraphs, illustrations, and paintings. Andrew Saldaña’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and is best known for its elegant simplicity that exults serenity and idyllic romance. Julia Nava creates one-of-a-kind “ojos de dios” that combine subtly colored textile interweavings with miniature paintings. Emma Ortega’s delightfully playful paintings celebrate grandmothers and children. Ramon Vasquez y Sanchez is a native Coahuilteco, whose award winning Mission Indian art has been exhibited in numerous galleries and private collections. Aaron Pyle is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a recent graduate of Texas State University, and an emerging visual artist. Dr. Mario Garza, from the Meakan/Garzas band of Mier, toured the Indian Market circuit for over ten years and will exhibit one of his lauded medicine shields.