James Watrous Gallery Features Beautiful Beading Culture Exhibition
Iroquois Raised Beadwork Tradition Carries Powerful Historical Significance
by Katrin Brendemuehl, age 13 and Callan Bird Bear, age 12
The gorgeous artwork crafted by Native American tribes known as beadwork can be as intricate as the wings of a dragonfly. The allure of colorful glass beads against a dark, rich fabric is enough to catch nearly anyone’s eye. This fall, the James Watrous Gallery, a gallery at the Overture Center with a focus on contemporary Wisconsin artists, features these culturally significant, powerful works.
The exhibit, which runs through November 6, showcases the raised beadwork of Oneida artists from Wisconsin who hope to maintain the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois, tradition. The exhibit was founded in collaboration with the Oneida Arts Program and Oneida Nation Museum. [Read More]