Bear Creek Gallery
Three marriages to Hoosiers netted us artists of Native American heritage whose work is currently up at Bear Creek Gallery. Joe Cantou’s watercolors are termed “contemporary native,” reflecting the culture of an ancient people that has its roots deeply tied to the Anasazi (Navajo) way of life. Mixing his own pigments gives a different hue to the expected Southwest backgrounds and clothing. Particularly poignant is his painting of two seated women facing in opposite directions and touching at the shoulders. The flutes and beadwork by T.J. White Hawk reflect his Oglala Lakota heritage. On exhibit are beaded moccasins and dance regalia, along with earrings of porcupine quills and beads, mule deer and white tail deer antler with trade beads, and shells with beads. Timothy Enoch Corson, jeweler, carver and painter, was born into the Folded Arm Clan of the Navajo Nation in Las Cruces, N.M. He was adopted and his family moved him to Canada, where he learned the arts and traditions of West Coast tribes. His silver work, including bracelets, earrings and pendants, and carved masks reflect both heritages. Each artist alone merits a show; these three together are a gift. Through May; 317-580-0882, www.bearcreekgallery.com.