FALLBROOK — “Traditions: Art Exhibits of the Native American” inaugurated Fallbrook’s newest fine art gallery with a grand opening celebration, held at the Fallbrook House of the Arts on Friday evening, September 26.
The exhibition will be open each Friday evening in October and features recent work by five noted local Native American artists, offering a unique blend of diverse craftsmanship expressing the inspiration of traditional native art forms, ranging from traditional to abstract, and includes paintings, sculpture, jewelry, gourd art and traditional constructions. All works are available for purchase.
The artists represented include Robert Freeman (Hunkpapa Sioux), Brett Stokes (Cherokee), Geri Jimenez Gould (Gabrielino/Tongva), Ironhand (Shawnee), Wolf (Isleta) and Elaine Linton.
All were present at the opening to greet guests, answer the many questions regarding their artistic vision and share their individual perspectives on their tribal heritage.
To quote gallery director Holly Steele, “We were overwhelmed by the amazing turnout of support from our Fallbrook community, and to see the enthusiasm for our first exhibition. It is a great honor to show such amazing work by these internationally known and respected Native artists and we’re already planning our next exhibition!”
Lively entertainment was provided by Ironhand, playing traditional Native American flute and drum, and joined by Bill and Geri Gould, also with flute, drums, rattles and clap-sticks.
The Fallbrook House of the Arts issues a special invitation to visit the gallery on Friday evenings in October, from 3 to 7 p.m., to meet the artists and enjoy Native American music by various performers. The gallery is also open by appointment.