The Cattaraugus County Arts Council and Jamestown Community College’s Center Gallery in Olean will celebrate the opening of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) exhibition, “From Turtle Island: Our Traditional Expressions,” with a reception from 5-7 p.m. on November 3.
The gallery reception is free and open to the public. The exhibition runs through December 7. The Center Gallery is located on the second floor of JCC’s College Center.
The exhibition is curated by Native American artists Penelope Minner, basket artist and member of the Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan and Peter B. Jones, potter/sculptor and member of the Onondaga Nation, Beaver Clan.
Five of the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy are represented in the 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.
Patricia Briggs, director of exhibitions and galleries at JCC, notes, “From Turtle Island” is a marvelous way to highlight native arts and crafts and inform students and community members about local native cultural traditions.”
Every artist in the exhibition recognizes the 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.
Participating artists include: 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, cornhusk dolls, watercolors); Erwin Printup, Cayuga, Bear Clan (painting); Diane Shenandoah, Oneida, Wolf Clan (sculptor); Roger Thompson, Seneca, Turtle Clan (drawing, painting, wood burning); and Carson Waterman, Seneca, Snipe Clan (painting, drawing, sculpture).
The Cattaraugus County Arts Council works in collaboration with JCC to produce exhibitions. The Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends and all college holidays.