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 www.Art4TheSoul.org periodically, as scheduling was ongoing at the time of this publication.