FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTEMPORARY CULTURAL CONNECTIONS, Paintings, Prints and Sculpture by Contemporary Maori artists and One Navajo Artist
WHO: Contemporary Art from New Zealand, twelve artists featuring Sandy Adsett, re- cipient of the Order of New Zealand for Services to Art and the well-known, multi- talented June Northcroft Grant and eight students from Toimairangi College of Contem- porary Visual Arts plus new work by their friend and colleague, Melanie Yazzie, Navajo.
WHAT: Artists Reception, free to the public
WHERE: GLENN GREEN GALLERIES AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, 136 Tesuque Vil- lage Road, Tesuque, New Mexico
WHEN: Thursday, July 5, 2007, 5 to 7 p.m.
CONTACT: Glenn, Sandy or Kerry Green at (505) 820-0008 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Through our professional relationship and friendship with Melanie Yazzie, we were in- troduced in 2000 to a number of outstanding Maori artists. We traveled to Gisborne, New Zealand for a Maori-sponsored Indigenous Art Conference where we all celebrated the first light of the new millennium.
We were intrigued and impressed with contemporary Maori art in all its permutations. This exhibit will be our third featuring artists from Aotearoa (the Maori name for New Zealand).
This group of artists was selected by Sandy Adsett, recipient of the Order of New Zea- land for Services to Art, that nations most prestigious honor. He is an acclaimed painter and influential Maori art educator who founded Toimairangi, a new College of Contem- porary Visual Arts in Hastings. His tribal affiliations are Ngati Kahungunu and Ngati Pa- huawera. He has chosen the following student artists to be part of this exhibit: Michelle Ngarongo Mataira, Matthew Randall, Francisca Charlotte Moeroa Obers, Michelle Nichols, Kylie Tiuka, Jackie Makarena Hawkins, Shanon Hoani Hawea, Petera Te Hi- wiori Maynard. Also showing is the much-lauded painter, June Northcroft Grant, and Navajo artist, Melanie Yazzie who also helped facilitate this exhibit.
Yazzie has met and collaborated with indigenous artists throughout the world and has traveled numerous times to New Zealand where she has a large circle of artist friends. She is sought after as an artist, lecturer and teacher. She is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her work has been exhibited internationally, is widely collected and reflects her own culture as well as her interactions with other cul- tures.