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Four perspectives: 4 American Indian Artists
Reception/Art Walk on July 26th from 5:30 to 8 pm
Angela Babby: My Lakota ancestry and the mysterious nature of glass inspire my fascination with making art. Glass contains light. When I depict a person from the past in glass it has a three-dimensional depth that I could never achieve with paint.
My artworks are glass mosaic tiles. Most of my images are based on black and white figurative photographs of my ancestors. Color is central for emotional power but the true value of an artwork lies in its ability to communicate directly with the viewer.
The saturated colors, transparent and light capturing qualities, iridescence, textures and patterns of glass captivate me. My artwork requires a myriad of steps to coax the contrasting areas to coalesce. Each artwork that I create cycles through three different mediums: stained glass, vitreous enameling and tile work. All of the pieces of glass must be hand cut and ground, some or all of the pieces are painted with glass enamel (powdered glass and a medium) and fired slowly in a kiln to over 1000 degrees (often multiple times) creating a glass on glass piece, all are then set in place by hand. Only after the very last step – the application of custom-tinted mortar – the whole becomes visible for the first time.
Alaina Buffalo Spirit
DG House: Contemporary Artist DG House is Guest American Indian Artist in Grand Teton National Park and Artist in Residence in Yellowstone National Park and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art in Indianapolis, IN. Her work has exhibited in the finest Art Museums including the Holter Museum of Art, the Missoula Museum of Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum and the CM Russell Museum in Montana as well the Phippen Museum of Art in Prescott, AZ, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ, the John Clymer Museum of Ellensburg, WA and the Indian Market at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, CA.
Over her 25 year career, House has painted a life-size fiberglass buffalo bull and calf for the City of West Yellowstone, MT, participated in the CM Russell Museum Art Auction and mastered the quick draw on the square for the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in Jackson, WY. House has also created the album art for the, “If I Were an Otter,” CD, created a kite which is traveling the Buffalo Jumps nationwide and flying during special presentations and is currently creating a sculpture installation for the NEA at the Traveler’s Rest State Park, MT. DG House’s work is in permanent collections worldwide including musicians Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Michael McDonald and Grand Teton National Park.
House is represented by Kicking Horse Gallery, Polson, MT and Yellowstone Gift Shops, Yellowstone National Park, WY
DG House is an associate member of the Women Artists of the West and American Women Artists. She was named the first Honorary Ranger for Grand Teton National Park, WY. House is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Tribe of NE Alabama and lives in Bozeman, MT along the Gallatin River with her husband Dan.
John Isaiah Pepion: Pepion is an artist who hails from the Blackfeet Nation in northern Montana. The art journey has been ceremonial for John as his understanding of his past, family, and culture grows with his work. He descends from Mountain Chief, a Blackfeet leader who preserved history through numerous winter counts. Through art, John finds personal healing and cultural preservation. He speaks with troubled youth in public schools to promote the benefits of art as therapy. John holds formal degrees in Art Marketing and Museum Studies from United Tribes Technical College and the Institute of American Indian Arts, respectively. However, his education continues with every piece he creates and with every story he shares. John incorporates traditional design elements into colorful contemporary illustrations, leaving his work highly recognizable. Most importantly, John’s art deepens his connections to self and place, providing him with a sense of strength.