Painting from Flett’s work of ledger paintings
We don’t often do art-related posts but we’ll make an exception for the amazing George Flett, who has a workshop coming up this weekend:
811 West Garland
Spokane WA 99205
For Immediate Use: January 13, 2009
GEORGE FLETT TO LEAD WORKSHOP IN LEDGER PAINTING ON SATURDAY FROM 1 TO 3 PM
In connection with his current show at Tinman Gallery, George Flett will lead a workshop in ledger painting this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM. This workshop was presented earlier at the Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian when George’s book was launched.
Since attending the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe and gaining a degree in Museum Studies at the University of Colorado, George lived a dual life as an artist and a rodeo cowboy. When health issues forced a rodeo retirement, George began researching the century old tradition of ledger painting. Used initially by the Plains Indians to tell their war stories, the craft was further developed by George to interpret the stories of the Spokanes and Plateau peoples. He focusses on a character named Strong Eagle and tells stories about hunting, courting, medicine, dancing, and, of course, some fighting. The unique contribution George has made to this craft is the addition of other archival papers, photographs and embossing to enrich and deepen the story over time. Some complicated collages can trace, for example, chicken dancing over the last hundred years.
For the workshop, George will furnish the ledger papers and drawing and painting materials. Participants are encouraged to bring their old family photographs or papers for use in this project. There is a $25 fee and preregistration is encouraged as there is a limit to the class size. Call 325-1500.
Thanks for your support of the arts in Spokane.
Susan C. Bradley
TINMAN GALLERY LLC
811 West Garland Ave
Spokane WA 99205