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Native beadwork is focus of new Castellani folk art exhibit

LEWISTON – The Castellani Art Museum is hosting an opening reception for its new folk arts exhibit on native beadwork from 2 to 4 p.m. March 6.

“Made of Thunder, Made of Glass: Continuing Traditions in Northeastern Indian Beadwork” explores the intricate details and intimate meanings of Haudenosaunee, Wabanaki and Chippewa beadwork through historic works and elaborate contemporary creations. Several featured artists will be displaying and selling beadwork at the reception.

More than 200 historic pieces in the exhibit trace changes in the beadwork traditions of the region, from the 19th century to the present. Portraits of the featured beadwork artists by Gerry Biron highlight those who continue to practice, shape and bear this tradition for future generations.

This project is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information, contact Edward Millar, curator of folk arts, at (716) 286-8290.