555 Gallery and Studios in collaboration with Michigan Native Arts Collective presents ‘Lighting Fires,’ an exhibition featuring the works of Blackfoot/Crow artist Mike Bollerud, Odawa artist Alexis Cahill, and Potawatomi artist Candi Wesaw.
Each of these artists expresses in their own individual artistic vision a shared perception that we exist as humans in a time of choice and change. The choice and change we face has been recognized by First Nations People’s for centuries and eloquently presented by Edward Benton-Benai in an excerpt from the Prophecy of the Seven Fires,
“The Seventh Prophet was younger than the others who had come and there was a glowing light from his eyes. He said that there would come a time when the waters had been so poisoned that the animals and plants that lived there would fall sick and begin to die. Much of the forests and prairies would be gone so the air would begin to lose the power of life. The way of the mind brought to the red, black, and yellow nations by the white nation would bring danger to the whole earth. In this time there will arise a new people who will emerge from the clouds of illusion. They will retrace their steps to find the treasures that had been left by the trail. The stories that had been lost will be returned to them. They will remember the Original Instructions and find strength in the way of the circle. Their search will take them to the elders and the new people will ask for guidance. But many of the elders will have walked the Path of the Souls to the Star Web. Many elders will have forgotten their wisdom and they will not be able to help. Some of the elders will point in the wrong direction and others will remain silent because of their fear. Some of the elders will be silent because no one has asked them for their wisdom.If the New People will find trust in the way of all things, in the circle, they will no longer need the selfish voice of the ego and they can begin to trust their inner voice. Wisdom will be once again be found in dreams of the night and of the day. The sacred fire will once again be lit. The Light-skinned People will be given a choice between two paths. If they choose the right path the Seventh Fire will light the Eighth Fire and final fire of brotherhood and sisterhood. If they choose the wrong path, remaining on the path of the mind, then the destruction they brought with them will come back to destroy them.”
Please join us on Thursday, February 13th for the opening reception to meet the artists and enjoy their work and experience their vision. 6-9 PM. (Apologies for any confusion caused by the multiple date-changes.)
More photos of the artists’ work at Michigan Native Arts Collective:
The Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan came to 555, Miguel Cabrera and Omar Vizquel toured the jail cell artists’ studios and filled the gallery with fans from the community.
The Really BIG Photo Show
A photographic exhibition of over 60 Focus: HOPE middle school and high school students, including 181 photos in the Main Gallery and 555′s new Corridor Gallery.
EXHIBITION AND OPENING RECEPTION
Thursday, January 16, 2014
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Open House with Remarks at 7:00 p.m.
Run of Show: January 16–February 2, 2014
The photography program at Focus Hope is sponsored by the generosity of The Peck Foundation, the exhibit is sponsored by 555 and Focus Hope.
Come to the 555 Holiday Market, ASAP!