On Saturday, April 15, Oneida art will be featured, embodied in Oneida Turtle Clan member Chip Isaacs, as part of their monthly Cultural Arts Series.
Throughout the series, different artists will be featured in the gallery and will conduct workshops to demonstrate some of their artistic techniques and talk about their work.Isaacs
will speak about his
silver, bead, leather and bone work.
"He's an outstanding artist first and foremost and his work is renowned throughout the area and outside the area and he just happens to be Oneida," Ferrante said of Isaacs
chooses to classify his
artwork as Iroquois.
, who began pursuing art as a career 21 years ago, has used his
artwork to embrace his
culture.Artistic ability runs in his
family, so Isaacs' passion for it came naturally.Initially, Isaacs worked as an ironworker, responsible for building the iron framework for skyscrapers and other big buildings in large cities.
The job required a lot of traveling to such places as Philadelphia and New York City so Isaacs
used beadwork as a way to relax in his
married and had children Isaacs quit the ironworker job to focus on his
Isaacs finds inspiration for his
artwork in everyday life.His
favorite work, a statue of a burial ground named "Journey to the Spirit World," encompasses a number of different types of art, such as pen and ink drawings, leatherwork, beadwork and carving.Isaacs' work has won many awards and has been displayed and published in a number of prestigious places.His
squash-bottom necklace was once featured on the cover of Gem and Mineral magazine
, and he
was in a video for the Smithsonian Institution
, talking about and demonstrating the art of carving moose antlers.He
has also won Best in Show and Best of Class awards at juried Indian-art shows that also featured dancing, food and artwork.
speaks about his
work this Saturday, April 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, call (800) 771-7711