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This Issue Feature Artisan Susan Stanton Native American Art The story of the Turtle Stitch & Chatter TAAS Breaking through the Great Recession Upcoming Events
Cover Photo provide by Susan Stanton Feature Story by Dru Heldman
Susan Stanton September Feature Artisan By: Dru Heldman
It is with great pleasure that we
present Susan Stanton as our feature
artist. Her work is unlike any other.
Ive had the honor of getting to know Susan over the last few months
that she has displayed here at TAAS.
The more I learn about her
techniques, the more I come to
appreciate her skill and the difficulty
she endures to get the perfect
photo. She told me how she waits for
the sun to be just right and sometime
sits for hours waiting for that artistic
lighting on the subject. The cover
piece is a real set-up no re-touching
and all with natural sun light. For
many artists the goal is to get their
paintings to look like photos with
realism and depth, to fool the on-
looker to think that it is a photo. With
Susans work I find myself captivated that she does almost the opposite.
Her photos look like masterpiece
paintings. The richness of color, that
bathing of sunlight and the three
dimensionalism of real life. Its no wonder that Susan is such an
accomplished artist wth her works on
display in both public and private
collections around the world. Check
out Susans full bio on the website www.taas.com and link over to her
website for even more views of her
Susan also has a series of greeting
cards available and we can special
order any of her images in various
sizes printed on canvas.
If you can get into TAAS before the
end of the month you will see Susan
Stantons expanded collection of paintings on the Fine Art Feature
Wall. Fall color photos perfect for
cozy cabin dcor.
This cold winter scene depicts a worn pathway and railing disappearing into the frosty snow covered landscape.
This quintessential Blue Ridge Parkway image depicts a beautiful summer scene. As the morning light washes across the mountains, bright yellow flowers fill the foreground.
Native American Art By Donna Mayton
The subject of Native American Art is vast and has
many origins. It would be an injustice to try to explain
just a piece of art without the background and the
lore, or the stories that go along with most native art
While writing these articles for Native American Art I
will try to educate, as well as entertain you with a
blending of true facts and Native lore, and
possibly without getting political, create an
understanding of Native ways and culture. Keep in
mind "Native America" encompasses many tribes,
each with their own interpretation of symbols and
stories and cultures as diverse as the areas they lived
and some still live in today.
Please start with an open mind and forget anything
and everything you ever saw in a John Wayne
movie. (Need I say more? - Remember, I don't want
to get political).
Another important fact; Ancient Native artifacts and
Native American Art today are still victims of "black
market arts" all over the world.
Pictured RIGHT is a Turtle Rattle
made by Buckhorn Crossing, Pam and Bryan Barnett
of Weaverville, NC, available at TAAS Gallery.
I thought it appropriate to start with Turtle.
Turtle has lots of symbolism in Native American lore.
Starting with "Turtle Island" which is what the continent
of North America (the United States and Canada) is
referred to in many Native stories.
Turtle Lore from An Anishnabe (Anishinabe) Legend
The Anishnabe/Ojibwa Indians (The Eastern
Woodland Culture in the northeastern United States
spread north into central Canada)
At the time Europeans reached the shores of North
America, the Ojibwa Indians were the largest tribe on
the continent. They referred to themselves as
Anishnabe - a word that means the people.
Anishnabe territory extended from the eastern
seaboard, west to the headwaters of the Mackenzie
River. The Ojibwa lands were bounded in the north by
the sub-Arctic tundra and followed the Mississippi
south to the Carolina's. The Anishnabe people didn't
build tipis...they made wigwams from bent saplings
and covered the exterior with bark or hides. A small
wigwam could be built in a day. More time was spent
on constructing larger wigwams that could shelter a
dozen or more people through severe winter
weather. Those living south of the Great Lakes had
access to all those food sources, but the climate and
terrain further south also leant itself to agriculture.
Anishnabe grew small gardens of corn, and beans - a
skill that had migrated along the trade routes.
The Anishnabe Story of Turtle.
It was one of those days when Nanaboozhoo was
in a strange mood. He had just awakened from a
deep sleep that was disturbed by the noisy quarreling
and scolding of the blue jays. He was a bit cranky; his
sleep was disturbed and besides that, he was hungry.
His first thought was to go down to the village and
find something to eat.
Entering the village, he came across some men cooking fish. They had their camp located close to
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the water and Nanaboozhoo spied many fish
cooking over a fire. Now, being very hungry, he
asked for something to eat.
The men were happy to
give him some, but
that is was
heeding their warning, he quickly grabbed the fish
and burned his hand. He ran to the lake to cool it off
in the water. Still unsteady from his deep sleep, he
tripped on a stone and fell on Mi-she-kae (turtle) who
was sunning on the beach. At that time, Mishekae
was not as we know her today. She had no shell and
was comprised of soft skin and bone. Turtle
complained loudly to Nanaboozhoo to watch where
he was going. Now, Nanaboozhoo felt ashamed of
his clumsiness and apologized to Mishekae. He
wondered, "what can I do to make it up to her?" He
wanted to do something to help his friend. "I'll have to
sit and think it over,"he thought, as he followed the
path back to his wigwam.
Sometime later, he returned to the beach and
called for Mishekae. Turtle poked her head through
the soft beach mud. Nanaboozhoo picked up two
large shells from the shore and placed one on top of
the other. He scooped up Mishekae and put her right
in the middle, between the shells. Nanaboozhoo took
a deep breath and began. "You will never be injured
like that again." he said slowly. "Whenever danger
threatens," he continued, "you can pull your legs and
head into the shell for protection". Nanaboozhoo sat
beside his friend on the beach and told Mishekae his
thoughts. "The shell itself is round like Mother Earth. It
was a round hump which resembles her hills and
mountains. It is divided into segments, like martyrizes
that are a part of her; each different and yet
connected by her." Mishekae seemed very pleased
with and listened intently. "You have four legs, each
representing the points of direction North, South, East
and West." he said. "When the legs are all drawn in,
all directions are lost. Your tail will show the many
lands where the Anishnabek have been and your
head will point in the direction to follow. "You will
have advantages over the Anishnabek," he went on.
"You will be able to live in the water as well as on
land and you will be in your own house at all times."
Mishekae approved of her new self and thanked
Nanaboozhoo for his wisdom. Moving now in a thick
shell, she pushed herself along the shore and
disappeared into the water.
So, ever since
long ago, Turtle
has been special
Anishnabek. To this
day, she continues to
grace Mother Earth, still
proudly wearing those two
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