A world of grass and flowers stretched around me, rising and falling in gentle undulations, as if an enchanter had struck the ocean swell, and it was at rest forever…
- Eliza Steele, Summer Journey in the West (1840)
 

 
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The museums are busy

Many new exhibits


I decided to take myself on an art date and went to the Amon Carter. Even though the museum is in the middle of construction (and parking is affected), it has several new exhibits on display.  I enjoyed the other exhibits, but I was most interested in Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art the large painting by Esther Pearl Watson. I read an article about her in D Magazine and was captivated by her unusual Texas upbringing.

In Texas, most of us are at least familiar with the Indians of the Southwest and the Plains Indians, but perhaps not so much with the indigenous peoples of the Northwest. Certainly I have seen pictures, but never the actual items in person, so this section was especially educational. It’s always interesting to see firsthand how the region of a group affects dress, ceremonies, and every day items—from using fish and bear as decorations, to the materials used, to the dress and housing. Also interesting are the modern day interpretations by well-known craftsmen that are placed that are placed alongside the originals. I loved seeing the ledgerbooks and parfleches of the Plains Indians, since I had only seen pictures before. As a weaver, I tend to look especially closely at the woven items. An examination of one in particular, Tunic and leggings, showed how the weaving became more sophisticated. And then there were the grease bowls. I mean, who has heard....read more or skip to the Pinterest page with images.
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection - See more at: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/indigenous-beauty-masterworks-of-american-indian-art-from-the-diker-collection#sthash.N4YwC2hC.dpuf
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection - See more at: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/indigenous-beauty-masterworks-of-american-indian-art-from-the-diker-collection#sthash.N4YwC2hC.dpuf
The Community Arts Center also has new exhibits up with some great new artists, along with selections from Fort Worth Art Dealers Association. I took many pictures and posted a few of my favorites here and here.
Green with Squares
Tapestry, linen warp
hand-dyed wool weft
67.5 x 28.5 in, $1450
©Sherri Coffey
Prairie Rain
Hand-dyed weft-faced ikat
wool, linen, dyes
60 x 28 in, $1350
©Sherri Coffey
I finally got these two pieces photographed. Surely, someone can help with a new title for the one on the left. The background color does not appear as a dark green for every monitor, but it is in person.

The one on the right, Prairie Rain, is one of a series loosely based on the prairie where we live. Only one other piece has been completed, but another one is off the loom and needs its finish-work done. Prairie Rain has also been selected for the TAC annual juried exhibit during the month of August.
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