An Exhibition of Native American Art February 5 – February 28, 2016
First Friday Opening Reception, February 5, 5-8pm (CST)
For the second year, SSAA is hosting an exhibition of arts and crafts produced by the Native American Circle of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Forty-two Native American inmates with many different tribal affiliations, meet weekly to study. Participants are taught that we are related to all living things, to respect themselves, their families, their friends, their community, and all of creation. They study Native American thoughts, philosophy, and spirituality and how it relates to the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
Learning to help others is part of their teachings and inmates, through their artistic gifts of creating paintings, jewelry, dream catchers, and other works expressive of Native American culture, give back to the community. The Native American Circle helps to guide its members to all find a different path of life while becoming a better person for it.
Most of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will go to “Camp New Happenings” in Indiana. The camp provides a weeklong camping experience for boys and girls ages 8 – 11 who have a parent or parents who are incarcerated. The youths spend a week enjoying swimming, arts and crafts, sports and evenings around the campfire. The camp often provides the only experience of this type they will ever have.
During this First Friday’s free opening reception one of the world's pre-eminent Native American flute instructors, John Sarantos, will be playing. John has facilitated contemporary Native American flute workshops from coast-to-coast for over 20 years, at New York City's prestigious Open Center, at national cultural gatherings and intimate flute circles.
This exhibit runs through February 28 and February Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 12-4pm.
On Saturday, February 13, 1-3pm a free lecture is offered about the history and culture of the Potawatomi Indians in this area. See "Events".
Coming Exhibits MARCH EXHIBIT - “LA FEMME”For the 4th year, SSAA will feature “The Female in Image and Form”. This exhibit is sponsored by Harbour Trust Investment Management. See "Call for Art" on this website. APRIL - Jeffrey Baumgartner Solo Exhibit MAY - LaPorte County High School Art Exhibit JUNE - Art of the Anatomy JULY - Summer of Art AUGUST - 'Scapes - All painting exhibit, Sea, Land, Mountains SEPTEMBER - George and Connie Kassel Solo Exhibit OCTOBER - Matt Kubik, John Ryszka and Kevin Gross Exhibit NOVEMBER - Photography DECEMBER - "The Gift of Art" Holiday Exhibit