From Turtle Island Exhibition at the JCC Center Gallery

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Event Date(s): Fri, 11/03/2017 - 5:00pm - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 8:00pm
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From Turtle Island Exhibition at JCC Center Gallery

From Turtle Island: Our Traditional Expressions - A Native American Artworks Exhibition will be having an opening reception Friday, November 3rd from 5-7pm and exhibition will run through December 7, 2017.

Five of the Six Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) are represented in this exhibition. The artists hope to enlighten visitors to the past, present and future of their people and their traditions and raise the local and regional profiles of Native artists by sharing their traditional art forms.

Dr. Patricia Briggs, Director of Jamestown Community College’s Center and Weeks Galleries stated that “JCC is honored to host local Native American artists in the Center Gallery on our Olean campus. We are planning to have featured artists speak at the opening reception and to meet with classes on campus. “From Turtle Island” is a marvelous way to highlight native arts and crafts and inform students and community members about local native cultural traditions.”

The exhibition opens on November 3rd with a gallery reception that is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through December 7th and visitors are invited to experience the beauty and artistry of the Haudenosaunee rich, cultural heritage during this month-long exhibition. 

Every artist in this exhibition recognizes the vital importance of keeping their cultural traditions alive by practicing their particular art form and, in turn, passing those skills, knowledge and traditions on to the next generation. The artists participating in this exhibition, their Nation, clan and art forms are:  

  • Mary Annette Clause, Mohawk, Bear Clan (raised beadwork, cornhusk dolls, moccasins)
  • Hayden Haynes, Seneca, Deer Clan (antler carving)
  • Debra Hoag, Seneca, Turtle Clan (beadwork, cornhusk dolls)
  • Tom Huff, Seneca-Cayuga, Deer Clan (mixed media sculptor)
  • Mary Jacobs, Seneca, Turtle clan (flat and raised beadwork)
  • Samantha Jacobs, Seneca, Turtle clan (beadwork, traditional clothing)
  • Peter Jones, Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan (stoneware pottery and sculpture)
  • Mike Jones, Onondaga-Seneca, Hawk Clan (pottery, sculpture, pen and ink)
  • Penelope Minner, Seneca, Turtle Clan (splint baskets, corn husk dolls, watercolors)
  • Erwin Printup, Cayuga, Bear Clan (painting)
  • Diane Shenandoah, Oneida, Wolf Clan (sculptor)
  • Roger Thompson, Seneca, Turtle Clan (drawing, painting, wood burning)
  • Carson Waterman, Seneca, Snipe Clan (painting, drawing, sculpture).

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JCC Center Gallery
260 N. Union Street
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-372-7455
42° 4' 52.1004" N, 78° 25' 42.528" W
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