Linda Williams called the meeting to order at 9:30 asking for guests or new members. She reminded everyone that there was to be a free lunch in the meeting room at noon sponsored by the Bozeman Cultural Council, a Bozeman non-profit who is reviving its work and hopes to gauge interest and ideas from artists and community members. All were welcome to stay for lunch and the discussion.
Linda then announced that the December meeting will be Monday, December 11 at 9:30, a little earlier than our usual third Monday to keep it further away from Christmas. Members are asked to bring a goodie to share and a wrapped original work of their own if they wish to participate in the gift exchange. If a member chooses not to bring one, she will simply not take a number. Suzan Strobel urged everyone to attend.
The November art challenge was wildlife or anyone’s current work. Suzan Strobel asked the artists who brought work to describe their work. There is no challenge for December but for January, it will be “Winter Action” which can be human actions, animals in action, or a natural scene showing movement.
Linda announced the Beeclectics will have the display at the library in January and February, opening January 5 with a reception at 6:00. She then thanked Carol Gregory, Pat Hamlin, and Eileen Tenney for the refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for the coffee and tea. She also thanked Maggie Spinelli and Grace Dyke for being our librarians. There will be no library display in December or February.
Following a social break, Linda introduced DG House, a contemporary Native American artist and guest artist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Her wok has been exhibited in the finest art museums including Holter Museum of Art, the Missoula Museum of Art, the Yellowstone Art Museum, the CM Russell Museum as well as the Phippen Museum of Art in Arizona, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Eiteljorg Museum of Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, and the Clymer Museum of Ellensburg, West Virginia.
DG described blood quantum needed to enroll in a native tribe and how political that is. She said the federal government can check one’s tribal enrollment if an artist takes part in a show as a Native American. She described her career starting at age 15 in Cincinnati as a photographer and then her on-the-road photo stint with the New York Rangers and on to her MTV band photography. Throughout this time, she wanted to be a wildlife photographer. She spent every summer at Yellowstone where she has worked as a journalist, photographer, artist in resident, and honorary ranger. She moved to Bozeman in 1988 and got her big break with the Guilford Report. National Geographic wanted 30 specific images of Yellowstone and the photos had to be filed immediately. She managed to get the last shot and developed the film in a 90 minute shop in Bozeman. This is how she got her first big job. In 1995 she decided to abandon the photography and go to what she really wanted to do—paintings that portrayed not the realism but the spirit of the animal. She got an 8×10 studio at the Emerson and had to overcome being seen as an outsider in the art world.
She then gave a brief overview of Native American interaction with Europeans to explain her graphic style and how it fits in. She described the progression of native art from cave art, hide painting, and ledger art. Finishing her presentation, she talked about the differences in outlook between native people and the Europeans concerning land ownership, warfare, and Manifest Destiny.