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Thursday, August 11, 2022  |  9 am – 9 pm

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Meet the Artist

Bi-monthly, we feature a different artist or group of artists on the Gallery Wall on the 2nd floor of the library. Please contact the Adult Programming Librarian with questions about this program.


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Gallery Wall Artists

Rudy Manzanares

Navajo and Comanche

Rudy Manzanares lets the spirits guide him while he works. His style is southern traditional and very unique; all of his pieces are original and one-of-a-kind. He sculpts, paints, and creates artwork on various canvases. He is an expert in creating traditional ceremonial and recreational drums, completely from scratch, using real buffalo hide and hair. His family originated from Shiprock and Dulce New Mexico, eventually migrating to Fort Collins, Colorado, were he spent most of his childhood and early teens. He set out on his own at a young age to finish his spiritual guidance and truly invest himself in his natural artwork. He worked his way to Taos, New Mexico, where he set up shop and sold his artwork. While working and Sundancing in Taos, he met his wife while she was on vacation from Chicago. After a while, he eventually moved to Chicago with his wife and continued to invest in his artwork.

George Curtis Levi

Southern Cheyenne, Vietnam Veteran

George Curtis Levi is a member of the Southern Cheyenne Tribe of Oklahoma. He specializes in Cheyenne-style ledger art and acrylic and watercolor paintings. He is also well known for his custom bead and parfleche work. The art and history of the Cheyenne people motivate him in his art. He is influenced by the Cheyenne and Arapaho artists of the past. His artwork is well known and can be found in various museums, art exhibits, galleries, and private collections in the United States and around the world.

Ramos Sanchez

Ildefeonso Pueblo, WWII Veteran

Ramos Sanchez’s life has taken him from Ildefonso Pueblo to Okinawa, Japan, and back again. He joined the Navy in 1944 at the age of 18 and served during World War II. Later in life, Sanchez served at the vice chairman of the All Indian Pueblo Council and began work on various educational boards including the Eight Northern Pueblos’ Council where he helped to recruit minority students into higher education. He retired in 1994 and now spends most of his time producing traditional watercolor paintings under his other name: Oqwa Owin. Horses, wildlife, clowns, and dancers are some of the World War II veteran’s favorite subjects. “I’ve been painting my whole life,” Sanchez said. “I could fill a museum.”

Norma Robertson

Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate

Norma Robertson is an enrolled member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Lake Traverse Reservation, Sisseton, South Dakota. Beading has been a gift to her from her Kunsi, which she has passed on to her daughters and others. As a teenager she became interested in learning how to bead and her Kunsi Ella Wanna taught her some basic techniques. She also told her “You learn to do this, and you’ll never go hungry.” Today, Norma has beaded amulets for all her grandchildren that hold their umbilical cord and their first pair of moccasins. Norma’s beautiful beadwork uses traditional techniques and incorporates contemporary designs. She uses vibrantly colored beads to create necklaces, purses, buckles, and pins. Norma shows her work at powwows and events all year long.

Joe Yazzie

Navajo, Vietnam Veteran

Joe Yazzie, Navajo, is a master artist who loves teaching community members to transfer knowledge from one generation to another generation. He was presented the Outstanding Citizen Leader Award by the Chicago Cultural Alliance in 2014. For the last 20 years, he has worked to advance opportunities for Native American people and people of color through his art. Yazzie is passionate about keeping the Native American arts alive and has lent his talents to many community organizations from teaching children digital design and oil painting to designing artwork himself for Native American organizations to use as logos, booklets, and art projects.

Robert Wapahi

Lakota, Vietnam Veteran

Robert Wapahi was born in 1945 in Springfield South Dakota, and grew up on the Santee Indian Reservation in nearby Nebraska. Wapahi’s drawings and paintings have been exhibited at the Illinois State Museum galleries in Chicago and Lockport and at the American Indian Center of Chicago. He has served as president of the board of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Art Center. Wapahi is also a gifted storyteller, sharing traditional Dakota tales as well as historical events like Wounded Knee and the urban migration of Native Americans during the 20th century to big cities like Chicago. Wapahi’s storytelling began by teaching his children Native American traditions, expanding out to his neighborhood, and then eventually throughout the city.

Oneka Jones

Temoak Tribe of Western Shoshone and descendent of the Northern Paiute

Oneka Jones is an enrolled Citizen of the Temoak Tribe of Western Shoshone, and a descendant of the Northern Paiute. She grew up in the Duck Valley Indian Reservation of the Western Shoshone and Northern Paiute peoples, on the Northern Nevada/Southern Idaho border. Her childhood was beautiful; filled with love, laughter, hunting, fishing, and everything associated with the outdoors. Her family background is one of great artistic ability. She herself, being self-taught, is grateful for it. Her parents have always encouraged her to be creative whenever they had the chance and this helped with her passion for Western Shoshone art.

Mark Cleveland

Cherokee Descent

Mark Cleveland is a contemporary visual artist exploring the unique beauty and connectedness we share in everyday life, represented in contemporary landscapes, portraits, and urban settings following the tradition of the “Ashcan School” of American Post-Impressionist Art. While predominately a painter and illustrator working in oil and pen and ink, he is also an accomplished stained glassier which heavily influences the way he seeks out the spiritual element of light in all mediums. Currently, the artist is exploring the traditional techniques used “en Plein Air” and the figure provided through the Palette & Chisel Academy and Plein Air Painters of Chicago.


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