An evening with Native American master artist Oreland C. Joe, free admission

CAVE CREEK – Cave Creek Museum (CCM) in collaboration with Desert Foothills Library (DFL) welcomes master sculptor and painter Oreland C. Joe as a guest lecturer on February 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

“New Mexico artist Oreland C. Joe, renowned for his works in stone and bronze sculptures, offers a unique vision of Northern Plains Indians with his interpretations of ledger art in a contemporary, but also historic, context,” said Karrie Porter Brace, Cave Creek Museum Executive Director stated.

The lecture “Native American Ledger Art with Oreland C. Joe,” will be held at 7:00pm – 8:30pm, at Desert Foothills Library in downtown Cave Creek located at 38443 N. Schoolhouse Road.

“My goal is to decipher the importance of ledger art and also present it in a new way that hasn’t been seen before,” Joe explained.

Joe is the featured artist of the 2019 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. His artwork can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the United States and internationally.

As a Southern Ute Tribal Historian, he takes great pride in bringing history to life.

“I want to use ledger as a way to frame these historic stories, but to do it in a new way and at the highest possible level of quality,” he said.

The Southern Ute and Navajo artist is the first Native American to become a member of the prestigious Cowboy Artists of America.

While Joe’s artwork has a contemporary edge, he says it is “filled with symbols and story,” all of which is heavily researched and catalogued

The origin and catalyst of Joe’s ledger work is rooted in the history of Cheyenne warrior Yellow Nose, whose ledger book from the late 1800s, along with his brother-in-law Spotted Wolf proved to be influential.

“Yellow Nose’s trajectory through the West inspired some of the most treasured ledger images ever created,” according to Joe.

Joe’s initial research into Yellow Nose’s life and works led to a lengthy and ongoing investigation into ledger art of the Northern Plains.

His research covered the years from 1820 to 1895, in the regions of both the northern and southern plains, with tribes including Ute, Cheyenne, Arapaho and Sioux. This in-depth research directly inspired Joe’s new works.

While the artist continues to search for more historical information, his presentation offers insights into what he has already learned, from ledger art to the Northern Plains, followed by a discussion about his own journey as a sculptor and painter.

Admission to “Native American Ledger Art with Oreland C. Joe” is free.

For directions or additional information call Desert Foothills Library at 480-488-2286 or Cave Creek Museum at 480-488-2764.

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