Native Arts ArtWalk
Thursday, February 27
6PM to 9 PM
The following inspired artists will be celebrating native Arizona cultures and arts this Thursday evening!
Sheila Olason, Glass Bead Jewelry
While living in British Columbia, Sheila became intrigued by the North West coast Haida indian design elements and their spiritual meanings. Now in Arizona, Sheila’s Native American interests creatively moved toward the Navajo and Hopi Kachina style of design with some crossover of the North Coast design elements. “Hand Blown Lampwork Glass has been my medium of choice for twelve years, and my assembled totems are my way of holding in reverence the respect that the Native American culture has for our Mother Earth,” says Sheila.
Nancy Haverkos, Spirit Masks
“My mask work has evolved through time to be a celebration of man in nature, and Native or tribal expression,” says Nancy. “While many of these masks appear to be of African or Native North American influence, I believe they are more universally art giving expression to the energetic expression of natural humans.” The hope is that the patron/subject gets the opportunity to gaze into their own aboriginal self through the creation of their own Spirit Mask.
Marilyn and Terry Alexander, Stained Glass
As Native Texans and westerners, Terry and Marilyn Alexander identify with the art and culture inherent to the great southwest. “It is our pleasure to transform our vision of this vast and beautiful landscape into stained glass pieces that capture the vibrant colors and scenes that come alive when viewed in the stunning natural sunlight,” says Terry.
Natalie Keller, Oil Painter
Natalie has painted various genres but has recently focused on Native American and western art. She paints in oils and uses models and research to help her establish a composition. Natalie enjoys projecting a story and a mood for each of her paintings for the viewer to appreciate and enjoy. “Nothing excites me more than someone loving one of my paintings,” says Natalie. “I feel like I’m giving them part of myself.”
Lori Myers, Oil Painter
“I have recently revisited painting Native Americans and their culture,”” says Lori. ““I hope to capture the pride or sorrow of an Indian chief whose nation he felt responsible”. Their stories are our stories. The gift that we each walk away with will be unique to each person, as we learn the stories of history and ﬁll the canvases of our lives with art.”