Yadahta:wak Hihšönya:nö’ (Father & Son - They Make Things) at Tri-County Arts Council

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Event Date(s): Sat, 06/12/2021 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Peter and Mike Jones Art

Tri-County Arts Council to exhibit neo-traditional pottery, paintings, and sculpture by Iroquois artists

Yadahta:wak Hihšönya:nö'

Father & Son - They Make Things

The Tri-County Arts Council is honored to exhibit the exquisite neo-traditional Native American pottery, sculpture and paintings of Peter and Mike Jones. Their exhibit Yadahta:wak Hihšönya:nö’ (Father & Son - They Make Things) runs from Saturday, June 12 to Saturday, July 24 in the Tri-County Arts Gallery, 110 W. State St., Olean, NY.

An Artist Talk and Reception will be held from 5 – 9 p.m., Saturday, June 12. Reservations are required for this event and are at https://rb.gy/hmyclx. Masks are required unless proof of vaccination is shown.

The work of both artists reflects their Native American heritage and issues that have impacted the Hodinöhsö:ni’ or “People of the Long House.”

Peter is an internationally renowned potter and sculptor who works mostly in stoneware and white earthenware clay. He resides on the Allegany Territory of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Peter studied under the Hopi artist Otellie Loloma while attending the Institute of American Indian Art in New Mexico. His pottery, some of which is derived from traditional Iroquois pit firing, hand-built coiling, and slab construction, is admired, and collected by community members, Native American art collectors, and museums across the country and internationally.

His work is “neo-traditional,” which is a modern interpretation of pre-colonization Iroquois pottery.

“Our traditional pottery died out around the 1500’s,” he said, adding “the transition to European kettles and metal pans replaced our early pottery.

“In 1977 I began researching our pottery to find out how it was made and what they were used for. Now, I think I have come to a pretty fair representation of the methods used by our ancestors in making pottery. After re-introducing this style of pottery back to our own people I began to wonder what our pottery might look like today had we continued to produce our pottery.”

Peter is also a sculptor, creating figurative work depicting people in native Iroquois clothing, often with a humorous twist. 

His work is in private and public collections world-wide, including the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Heard Museum, Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY.

Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center in Salamanca, Southern Plains Indian Museum in Anadarko, Oklahoma, and Indian Arts and Crafts Board in Washington DC.

Mike is renowned in his own right for his paintings and sculpture. His work reflects his deep respect for his Onondaga and Seneca artistic heritage, learned as a boy from his father.

“I began working in clay at a very young age under the guidance of my father Peter Jones who taught me how to hand-build Iroquois pottery,” he said. “Since the original pottery died out around the 1500's, my father and I were some of the first ones to revive this art form.”

“I am primarily self-taught in regard to my drawings and paintings and am influenced by a diverse set of painters and illustrators - Native and Non-native alike - such as: TC Cannon, Dan Namingha, Earl Biss, MC Escher, Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock and Salvatore Dali.”

In addition to his father, Peter, Mike gives credit to several Native sculptors who include Tom Huff, Stan Hill, and Allan Houser who have influenced his clay sculpture.

His inspiration stems from a diverse set of Native and Non-Native artists such as T.C. Cannon, Dan Namingha, Earl Bliss, M.C. Escher, and Gustav Klimt, among others. Mike’s work is in collections nationwide, including the Heard Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, and the Indian Arts and Crafts Board.

Mike’s art is in the Permanent Collections of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona; Iroquois Indian Museum, Howes Cave, NY; Onöhsagwë:de’ Cultural Center, Salamanca; Southern Plains Indian Museum, Anadarko, Ok; and Indian Arts and Crafts Board, Washington DC.

This event will be held at:

Tri County Arts Council
110 W. State St.
Olean, NY 14760
United States
Phone: 716-372-7455
42° 4' 35.6664" N, 78° 25' 38.784" W
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