First-of-Its-Kind Native American Exhibition in NE Coming to Art for the Soul Gallery

Below is our feature in the October Tower Square newsletter, click here to read  the full newsletter.

In what is said to be the first-of-its-kind “show of force” of Native American art and culture ever in New England, representatives of Art for the Soul Gallery, are announcing the opening of 7th Generation: Contemporary Native American Artists of the 21st Century set to run from October 5 to December 31, 2017.

Made possible in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, 7th Generation is a Native American Exhibition that features not only contemporary artwork, but also an extensive range of programming to include traditional music, food, language, genealogy, films, storytelling, an artisans market, artisan demonstrations, an encampment, lecture series and more representing nine Native American nations from the Southwest, Midwest and Northeast regions of the United States.

Artists from the Mohawk, Pueblo, Ashiihii Salt Clan, Oneida, Choctaw, Shinnecock, Montauk, Abenaki, and Cherokee nations will have their work on display at Art for the Soul Gallery curated by Billy Myers, who himself is from the Mohawk nation.

“Native American values in art often counter western norms of artistic aspiration and self-promotion,” commented Myers.    “These artists spend a great deal of time supporting their communities.  Many testify to the profound healing of their artwork, with a mission to interpret Native life to a largely misunderstood, indifferent, and many times cliché interpretation of their work.”

Throughout the duration of the art exhibition at Art for the Soul Gallery, there will be a number of other 7th Generation events taking place including a lecture and film series to be held at UMass Center, an Artisans Market to be held inside Tower Square retail space, as well as a Native American Encampment in Tower Square Park, where there will be drumming demonstrations and food tastings.  John Longbow, will also be on hand to demonstrate making and playing a Longbow guitar.  There will even be a special performance by the Peace Poets.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this incredible show and the comprehensive programming about to take place at the gallery, as well as throughout Tower Square and the UMass Center in the coming weeks,” commented Rosemary Tracy Woods, Executive Director of Art for the Soul Gallery.  “This promises to be a very special Native American exhibition like none other in this part of the country.”

For more details on the various 7th Generation program dates, times and locations visit periodically, as scheduling was ongoing at the time of this publication.

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Tango Negro: The African Roots of Tango.


Join us at Umass Center in Springfield for a viewing of Tango Negro. Dom Pedro an Angolan filmmaker explores the African culture and how it contributes to the creation of the Tango. This viewing is free and open to the public. Their will be Tango dance demonstrations as well as a discussion. Spend your night exploring the various cultures that create such a wonderful dance.


Tango! Contemporary Art of Argentina

It has been a month since we’ve opened our doors to present our current exhibition. Tango! Contemporary Art of Argentina has been a massive success. Our opening was full of smiles , beautiful chatter , delicious food and even better entertainment. Continuing with our Argentine theme , over the next 5 weeks we will be hosting VKTango. Veronica Kruta of VKTango will be teaching beginner classes until August 23rd.

Beginner Class Series
Taught by Veronika Kruta of VKTANGO
Tuesdays 6:00-7:00pm / July 26-August 23
$60 Full Series / $12 Drop-in
No partner or prior experience necessary!
Bring leather or suede soled shoes if you have them.

We enjoyed our opening reception and hope that you did too. Below are a few highlights of the opening night as well as a link to Richard W Bulda’s website. Richard is a local and very talented photographer who captured the entire night.

Link to the slideshow:

Richard W Bulda’s website: