Native Artists Exhibit, Featuring Nancy Duffy, Ronnie-Leigh Goeman, and Stonehorse Goeman.

Artists include the late Nancy Duffy, Ronnie-Leigh Goeman, and Stonehorse Goeman.

Duffy was a former resident of Syracuse and worked at News Channel 9. She is best known as the woman who put together the largest one-day event in Syracuse, New York – the St. Patrick’s Day Parade – which is held annually in downtown Syracuse. She created a collection of chalk and charcoal drawings that features portraits from people that belong to one of the six nations within the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The portraits include, but are not limited to, Irving Powless Jr., Oren Lyons, Audrey Shenandoah, Alice Papineau, Leon Shenandoah, and Ray Elm.

The exhibit also features work by Ronnie-Leigh and Stonehorse Goeman. Although Ronnie-Leigh uses traditional Iroquois methods of basket making, she has evolved and elevated her art to another level, in that she collaborates and incorporates the work of Stonehorse Goeman. Stonehorse sculpts the bases for the baskets, thus creating “basket sculpture.” Each basket is elaborately woven, using ash, sweet grass, and embellished with moose hair and quill. Her baskets bring to light the subject of invasive species threatening the native tree and plant life, thus threatening the cultural future for learning the art of basketry.

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