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May 12 - September 2

The Spiritual Nature of Earth, Hide and Metal is a collaborative invitational exhibition showcasing nationally and internationally known artists Jody Folwell, Susan Folwell, James F. Jackson and JhonDuane Goes In Center, working in the mediums of clay, leather and metal.

This exhibit opens in the Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery on May 12 and continues through Labor Day, September 2.  The inspiration for this show materialized out of a desire to highlight four talented artists invited to work individually and together to create pieces that speak to the spiritual nature of their art. The Brinton’s show represents the first time these artists have joined forces to share their artistic ideas and materials with each other. The Spiritual Nature of Earth, Hide and Metal includes a blend of traditional and avant-garde styles found in both Santa Clara potters Jody Folwell’s and Susan Folwell’s ceramic art, intricately tooled leather vessels by Jim Jackson from Sheridan (WY) and exquisite American Indian personal adornment pieces by Lakota artist JhonDuane Goes In Center. Jackson worked in concert with the Folwells to create tooled leather handles for some of their pieces.  JohnDuane Goes In Center provided engraved silver conchos that Jackson incorporated into some of his tooled vessels, each piece in the exhibition is definitively unique. Jackson and Goes In Center also worked together on an exquisite, unique Lakota ceremonial belt.

An educational, one-day symposium, Putting A Voice To The Work, features presentations by each artist who will talk about the inspirations and spirituality of their pieces in the exhibition. Registration for the May 11 symposium can be made online at TheBrintonMuseum.org, or by calling 307-672-3173.

A gallery reception on Friday, May 17, from 5 to 7 PM, is free and open to the public.

Jody Folwell

Color photograph of Jody Folwell working on a potJody Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM) is considered one of the best-known avant-garde Pueblo potters and is represented in public and private collections throughout the country. Her revolutionary work of the 1970’s changed the surface of Santa Clara pottery with her distinctive firings and use of various clay slips.

Susan Folwell

Color photograph of Susan FolwellSusan Folwell (Santa Clara Pueblo, NM) is a daughter of Jody Folwell and also works in native clay. Inspired by traditional designs, she regularly includes symbolism from varied Native American cultures, creating designs that reflect a range of contemporary viewpoints on social and political ideas as well as traditional patterns.

Jim Jackson

Color photo of Jim Jackson working in his leather workshopJim Jackson (Sheridan, WY) is an internationally recognized artist and a leather tooler in the tradition of Otto F. Ernst and Don King. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2018 prestigious Al Stohlman Award, an international award given by the Stohlman Foundation. The Brinton Museum is fortunate to have Jackson on the staff as a resident leatherworker. The Quarter Circle A Leather Workshop is located in the foreman’s house on the ranch grounds.

JhonDuane Goes In Center

Color photograph of Jhon Duane Goes In Center in his workshopJhonDuane Goes In Center of the Oglala Lakota Tribe (Tucson, AZ) was born along Rapid Creek, “Indian Camp”, Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1949. He is considered one of the early silversmiths in the transitional modern era of Lakota metalwork. Goes In Center is the recipient of the Metalwork Division award at the prestigious Northern Plains Tribal Arts show and again at the 2017 People Of The Plains Art Show. Goes In Center has widely exhibited his work, lectured at the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of Natural History, and his work has been acquired by the National Museum of the American Indian.