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  • New Art 2.0 | Frank La Pena

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 19, 2014
    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 

    Gatekeepers of the invisible

    Gatekeepers of the Invisible, 2012
    Lithograph, edition 2/12
    16 15/16 x 16 15/16 inches
    $1,170

    Frank La Pena’s (Nomtipon Wintu, born 1937) interest in the arts began in high school and continued through college. His paintings and sculpture reflect a deep interest and appreciation for his Native heritage. As a young man, he became interested in the song, dance, and ceremonial traditions of his tribe. LaPena has lectured widely on Native American traditional and cultural issues, emphasizing California traditions, and he is a professor emeritus at California State University, Sacramento.

    His art has been exhibited since 1960 in 22 one-person exhibits and numerous group shows across the United States, Europe, Central and South America, Cuba, Australia, and New Zealand. He lives in Sacramento and is still active in ceremonial life as a singer and dance leader.

    Coming down to earth
    Coming Down to Earth, 2012
    Lithograph, edition 2/12
    15 x 13 ⅛ inches
    $620
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  • ALL IN THE FAMILY | Katie and Gavin's beautiful Eiteljorg wedding

    by Sarah Bean, Eiteljorg Director of rental, catering and cafe | Dec 17, 2014

     
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    With 15 years of event planning experience, I rarely have a “first” anymore but I can honestly say that I have never had a wedding vendor list made up entirely of family.
    I first met Katie and her mom in January and immediately connected with Katie’s witty sense of humor and her mom’s gentle, loving, personality. Mrs. Trotta had a lot on her plate as she had not one, but two daughters that were getting married in 2014. I made it my mission to convince them that every detail would be treated with the highest priority and that I would do my very best to fulfill all of Katie’s wishes.
     Back of head - katie and gavindress - Katie and gavin
    A few months before the October wedding I had the pleasure of meeting and working with their planner and dear family friend, Katie Soffietti. With two type A planners involved I knew we had all of our bases covered.

    Katie and Gavin knew from the get-go that they wanted a ceremony indoors and in doing so made orchestrating the lighting, staging, and sound a piece of cake. This is where her brother Mike came in. He and his team from Stage Tech Inc. did a phenomenal job of lighting the ballroom, ceremony, and outdoor gardens. Katie’s sister,

    Anne Marie Carson, www.annemariecarson.com was amazing at capturing all the special moments and details of the day.  DJ Ryan Hickey, Katie’s cousin, orchestrated the evenings’ activities while keeping the guests on their feet all night long. 
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    Katie and Gavin together
    It seemed that everything was personalized and had been touched in some way by family.

    My favorite piece was the altar table. Katie’s family cut a tree down on their property and fashioned it into a table that would be used for the alter during the ceremony. 
    Katie and gavin altar
     
    It was gorgeous  -- and now Katie and Gavin have a piece of furniture in their home they can cherish and pass on to future generations. It truly was a pleasure getting to work with such a fun and loving family.
    Katie and Gavin trotta - black and white

    Kate and gavin - reception setting

    Katie and Gavin
    All photo credits: Anne Marie Carson Photography

    Here at the Eiteljorg, of course, we create magical, beautiful weddings. But we also handle all sorts of events throughout the year. If you're interested in having a meeting or special event a the Eiteljorg. Just call our events team at 317.275.1340 - ask for Sarah or Heather.

    Click here to enjoy videos of our weddings & receptions.

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  • New Art 2.0 | Lillian Pitt

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 17, 2014

    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 
    Echoes from the ancient past
    Echoes From the Ancient Past, 2013
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    15 x 20 inches
    $715

    Long regarded as one of the Northwest’s most beloved contemporary Native American artists, Lillian Pitt (Wasco/Yakama/Warm Springs) grew up on the Warm Springs Reservation in central Oregon. Her mother’s Wasco family lived near now-submerged Celilo Falls, and her father’s Yakima relatives lived across the river near the pictograph of Tsaglaglal, or She-Who-Watches.

    Pitt, who became an artist in her mid-30s, began with mask making. She became interested in, and gained expertise, in Japanese raku and anagama firing methods. The pictographs, petroglyphs, and legends of her ancestors are the foundation of her visual language. Pitt works in several media, including bronze, glass, and prints.

    Ancestors
    Ancestors, 2006
    Monotype, edition 1/1
    15 x 20 inches
    $765

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  • New Art 2.0 | Dale Chihuly

    by Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art and Ashley Holland, assistant curator of contemporary art | Dec 16, 2014
    New Art 2.0 is an exhibition of prints, many created by Eiteljorg Fellows and contemporary Native and Non Native artists. It is a blend of “op art,” landscape, political and environmental statements as well as portraiture. Approximately 90 limited edition prints will be on exhibit and available for sale with prices ranging between about $500 - $4000.  New Art 2.0 closes Feb. 8, 2015. 
    Chihuly

    Crow’s Shadow Basket, 2008
    Lithograph with acrylic, edition 22/1000
    37 x 25 inches
    $2,880

    Dale Chihuly is a world-renowned glass blower and multimedia artist whose work is in more than 200 museum collections worldwide. He has received many awards, including 12 honorary doctorates and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Chihuly created this edition at Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts studios in 2007. He donated ten prints from the edition to sell at full retail price, with all proceeds going to a Dale Chihuly Scholarship Fund for young, emerging Native American artists.
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  • On Bended Knee | Why he Popped the Question Outside the Eiteljorg

    by DeShong Perry-Smitherman, Eiteljorg public relations manager | Dec 15, 2014
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    When Christopher Myers made the life-changing decision to ask Taylor Haskett to marry him, he could think of no better place to get down on bended knee than outside the Eiteljorg Museum.

    The two met at a church camp six years ago. And their relationship evolved from being close friends to becoming camp counselors and eventually dating for the past three years. Taylor is a student at IUPUI's Herron School of art - studying art education and psychology. Christopher is the public affairs officer at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne. He also works as a marketing director at a long term care facility. 

    On Thursday, Dec. 11, on a chilly afternoon, Chris asked Taylor to spend the rest of her life with him - in front of the Eiteljorg's Whitetail Deer sculpture. We were so tickled by this and asked why the Eiteljorg:

    "I chose the Eiteljorg as the location for the proposal because Taylor spent a significant amount of time there for her classes and I personally enjoy the museum more than any other in the city."
     
    Chris choreographed the engagement moment to the minute. As he dropped down to pop the question, he had a good friend standing across the street outside the JW Marriott, snapping pictures of the "ooh ahh" moment!

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    And -- look at that kiss! Taylor said "YES!"

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    Chris and Taylor, congratulations from the Eiteljorg Museum! Thank you for sharing your story.

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    And by all means, consider having your wedding here. Just call 317-275-1340 - just ask for Sarah Bean!
     
    If you have an Eiteljorg story worth telling, just email public relations manager, DeShong Perry-Smitherman at dperry@eiteljorg.com, and your story may by featured in the Eiteljorg Blog!
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