Art exhibition featuring American Indian women artists on display

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Pottery by Senora Lynch

The A.D. Gallery at UNC Pembroke is currently featuring a collection of multi-media, traditional, and contemporary art by three American Indian women artists: Linda Brewer, Senora Lynch and Sheila Wilson. 

The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 10. A reception will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.

The exhibition features work originally displayed by the Guilford Native American Art Gallery in Greensboro and was organized with help from Rick Oxendine, executive director of the Guilford Native American Association. 

The title of the show is borrowed from the Native American legend of the "Three Sisters” of corn, beans, and squash. Known as the "sustainers of life" these are the basic foods of sustenance.

Linda Brewer, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, credits the many people that have inspired and encouraged her to pursue her dream of creating pieces of art.

"God blessed me with the talent, family members were my biggest supporters and critics, friends believed in me, and my twin sister was always there to offer encouragement. All of these things were my inspiration to become what I always wanted to be — an artist."

Brewer received her education and art training at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke where she earned her BA in Art. She teaches art for K-6 at Piney Grove Elementary School in Lumberton.

Senora Lynch is a Warrenton County artist and member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. Senora has been making pottery since she was a young girl is also known by her Indian name, Wicco Quio, which means “water flowing over rocks.” Her hand-built work is based on traditional coiling methods and tells a story. Her pots and sculptures made from red and white clay use contrasting slips of red and white, and they are intricately and carefully etched with traditional and original designs. Senora works in her home studio and spends a lot of her time sharing her talent and her work through demonstrations, teachings and workshops. Her work can be found in many public and private collections throughout North Carolina and the United States.

Shelia Epps Wilson grew up watching women quilt at her grandmother Jewel Epps' home. During the winter months there was always a quilt in some stage of completion. Shelia's inspiration to become an artist came in 2006 when she attended a four-day boot camp at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies. Sappony Quilts: Covers of Love was the title of her first documentary project. This exhibition contains a large display of Wilson’s newest body of veteran quilts, which detail the story of Native American veterans. Shelia is a member of the Sappony Tribe in Person County. She and her husband, Larry, reside in Burlington.

For further information on the gallery, the exhibition, or the artist, contact A.D. Gallery Director, Joseph Begnaud, at 910.521.6405 or email joseph.begnaud@uncp.edu.  

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