The Brinton Museum presents the exhibit, Splendor of the Elements: The Hidden Beauty of American Indian Dance, featuring vibrant, colorful photographs on high-gloss metal by Wyoming artist Paula A. Wilcox. Self-taught as a photographer, Paula’s fascination with Indian costume and culture began years ago in New Mexico when a friend who lives in Taos Pueblo, his wife, and children, invited Wilcox to one of the Taos Pueblo Community Dances. Since that time, Paula has visited numerous Pueblos in New Mexico where Indian dance is performed. She more recently attended Indian Pow Wows in Sheridan and Buffalo, as well as Crow Fair in Garryowen, Montana. Captivated by the splendid regalia of beaded leggings and exquisite belts, magnificent feathers and marvelous fabrics of all colors which lend themselves beautifully to the celebration of American Indian dance, Paula’s color photographs echo the spirit of American Indian culture. It is the amazing mix of color and motion that Wilcox so adeptly captures in her work. Images in The Brinton’s show are from a series of photographs taken at Crow Fair in 2016, representing both Crow and Northern Cheyenne clothing and art. Splendor of the Elements: The Hidden Beauty of American Indian Dance opens with a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, July 8, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. This exhibit continues in the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building’s first floor Northern Trust Gallery through August 6th.
“I have no formal training, aside from being self-guided. The excitement with each dance and all the colors are a feast for my eyes. I hope to share this with others to bring color and movement to the eyes of the on-looker to lighten their spirit, make them smile with all the magic of the dance!