Saturday, March 21, 2015


I am very honored to announce a few of my works have been recently picked up by two highly  respected art museums.  

After my glass show last year ended at the Maryhill Museum of Art,  they purchased this Elk Effigy Glass Ladle for their permenant collection.  

Since the museum has both a historic art glass collection as well as a Native art collection,  they felt this ladle was a perfect piece to bridge and tie those collections together.  I appreciate they have this vision.  

I am also very happy to announce that Portland Art Museum has just acquired my "Eagle Bundle" for their permanent collection as well.  They felt this piece was important to give a illustration of what sacred bundles encompassed,  without actually making a "real" one or displaying sacred material that should not be for the public eye ( or ownership outside of the tribes ).  This was exactly the idea I had when I started making this glass work.  A way to portray a important narrative without crossing that line and making "real" items or showing items or things that should not be for public view.   It is a tricky road to respect traditions and navigate the art world at times.   

 And lastly,  also acquired by the Portland Art Museum - A pipe bag I originally made for a friend but ended up purchased by the museum.   I am happy it also found a place in such a respected institution.

Things seem to be happening.   Stay tuned as I am sure there is much more to come.  


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Catching up!

Boy,  its been a while since I have updated my blog.  Been very busy working on some great projects that I figured it was time for a update.

Firstly,  I wanted to announce a couple of new works on the literary front.   My work and my horse Cappy have been featured in this new publication ( Horse Nations ) just now being released by Oxford University Press   And….I also have been co writing a book on a beadwork collection that is just now headed to print and I will have more to post about this in the next month or so.

I have also been busy with several museum projects and also have been doing some lectures about the effects of artifakes and Hobbyism and the future of art collecting and integrity of collections.   I had a great lecture in November at the Portland Art Museum,  to packed house,  and my next lecture will be on April 23rd, 2015 at the Denver Art Museum. I am finding great reception to what I have to say about this often contentious subject.

And of course I continue to do my artwork and restoration work.  I had a successful show of my art glass that ended in late November at the Maryhill Museum of Art.   Quite a few of the glassworks featured in the show have now found happy homes with several respected art museums and collectors and I have to admit a little pride happening with that :-)

Lastly,  I should have new works to start posting again soon.   Here is a almost completed quilled shirt I have been working on this winter and with all intent I should be done with it in a week or two.   Ironically…it is a copy of a shirt I previously made.   When it is done I will do a more complete write up of it.

So…onward to more good work I hope and a great year.