Fall Har­vest

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In their an­nual Fall Har­vest Show, the Plains­men Gallery in Dunedin, Florida, will fea­ture more than 75 works of art from 25 par­tic­i­pat­ing artists, in­clud­ing John Cole­man, Tr­ever Swan­son, Terry Smith, David Yorke,

Stephanie Cam­pos and more.

A great horned owl, spot­ted while hik­ing in Colorado, is Swan­son’s sub­ject in Breezy Perch. “It was one of those gusty days as a storm was com­ing in,” he says. “You can see the breeze in his ears es­pe­cially.”

Na­tive sub­jects are a com­mon theme in the show. Cole­man’s bronze Amer­i­can Horse de­picts the prom­i­nent Oglala Sioux chief of the same name who was mar­ried to Red Cloud’s daugh­ter. He com­ments, “Part of my

in­spi­ra­tion for this sculp­ture was his fa­mous top hat, which at the time was the ul­ti­mate sym­bol of ‘white man power.’ He re­ceived this hat as a del­e­gate dur­ing a trip to Wash­ing­ton in the early 1890s.” The hat is now dis­played at the Smith­so­nian’s Na­tional Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can In­dian in Wash­ing­ton D.C.

In Yorke’s The Wa­ters Speak, a Crow In­dian pauses be­side rush­ing wa­ters. He ex­plains, “Na­tive Amer­i­can cul­tural tra­di­tions be­lieved in a spir­i­tual/phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship to na­ture, hav­ing a con­nec­tion to the earth and its com­plex­ity of life. They showed an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for na­ture’s beauty and re­spect for the land, be­liev­ing a ‘Great Spirit’ per­vaded ev­ery­thing. The soil, wa­ter, sun, moon…all el­e­ments of na­ture had this sa­cred power.” Cam­pos’ draw­ing Hopi fea­tures a young Hopi woman wear­ing her hair in the tra­di­tional “but­ter­fly whorl” or “squash blos­som” style. “A mother would brush and part her daugh­ter’s long hair and wrap it in a fig­ure eight around a U-shaped hair bow made of wood,” she ex­plains. “Each loop was then tied at the mid­dle and spread out to cre­ate two semi cir­cles. This hair­style sig­ni­fied she was of age to marry.”

The Fall Har­vest Show opens Oc­to­ber 27 with a re­cep­tion from 1 to 4 p.m., and con­tin­ues through Novem­ber 17.

John Cole­man, Amer­i­can Horse, bronze, ed. of 20, 33”

Stephanie Cam­pos, Hopi, char­coal, 22 x 14”

Left: Trevor Swan­son, Breezy Perch, oil, 24 x 12”

Right: David Yorke, The Wa­ters Speak, oil, 30 x 24”

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