“Journeys in Spirit”: Traditional and Contemporary Native Art Exhibition

May 16 – June 25, 2019

4th Friday Art Walk Reception May 24th 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Artist Demonstrations and Dance May 25th – 26th

Highlights from previous Journeys in Spirit events
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Presented annually by ‘Tis and the  Smoki Museum with additional support from the City of Prescott and the Prescott Area Arts and Humanities Council

Entering into its ninth year “Journeys in Spirit 2019” brings together artists from many Native cultures including the Acoma, Apache, Choctaw, Dine’, Hopi, Yaqui, Yavapai and Zuni. For each of the artists, the making of art is an integral part of life. For many, inspiration emerges from stories, ceremonies and rituals that have been passed to them through many generations. Sacred colors, symbolic imagery and materials from the earth are integrated into the final work. For others it emanates from personal experience in today’s world where so many walk and work within and outside of their tribal lands.

The selected work for “Journeys in Spirit” encompasses a variety of mediums including bead working, metal smithing, painting, woodcarving, basketry, photography and sculpture. Some of the artists work in traditional style while others gravitate towards the contemporary and/or a combination of both. For all of them it is evident that the creation of art is an ongoing quest for discovery and knowledge. It is every artist’s journey and there are stories to be told.