Monday, April 13, 2009

"Native Inspirations" - by Albert White

SRAC's Deb Twigg and artist Albert White

The Susquehanna River Archaeological Center (SRAC) is well known for housing thousands of local Native American artifacts. It also houses many pieces of artwork from well known artists in the region in their gift shop area.

The first of many artists to be highlighted at SRAC is well-known artist Albert White, who is a Mohawk Indian, and has been following the traditions of recordings and sharing the history of his people all of his life. Born in Binghamton he attended San Francisco Art Institute and graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute of Art. In 1975 he joined the American Indian Movement. Through this involvement he has seen and preserved, in paintings and memories, the struggles resulting in the resurgence of Indian pride and prominence.

As an artist his paintings reflect sensitivity and power in wildlife, people, and the land. His artwork has been shown in venues across the country and is in permanent collections of major institutions. He has served as an exhibitor, lecturer and a teacher in many prestigious locations including Harvard University and the Iroquois Indian Museum. Currently, White has ten of his original prints and drawings on exhibit and for sale at the SRAC gift shop.

On Saturday, April 18 from 2-3pm, SRAC will host a special showing of White’s artwork as he presents an hour long demonstration of Native American storytelling , dance, music and children’s games that have all been passed down through the centuries.

SRAC is located at 345 Broad Street, Waverly, NY and is open from 1-5 pm Tuesdays through Fridays and 11am to 4pm every Saturday. Admission for this event is $4 for adults, $3 for SRAC members and students with a special price of $1 for kids under twelve years of age. All attendees will also receive a free pass to the SRAC Exhibit Hall which will be honored before and after the event.

To download SRAC's latest event listing click here.

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