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Holiday Show with Michael Horse: Ledger Paintings & Jewelry

Dec 22, 2013 11:00 AM

Michael Horse's Holiday Show

New Ledger Paintings & Jewelry

At Gathering Tribes: 1412 Solano Ave, Albany CA

Saturday, December 21st - 10am to 7Pm

Sunday, December 22nd - 11am to 6pm

Michael Horse at Gathering Tribes

Michael Horse is a talented man with lots of good luck.  He began his artistic career as a jeweler, accidently became an actor, then started making ledger paintings while working on the set.  He realized he was on to another talent when other actors wanted to purchase his paintings.

He is a master jeweler who works with silver, gold and the finest of natural stones including high grade domestic turquoise, coral, and sugilite.  Michael enjoys working with tufa, which is the oldest form of Native American jewelry making.  Using soft volcanic stone called tufa, he cuts a piece in half, engraves the image into the stone, binds both pieces together, then pours molten gold or silver into a hole cut in the middle.  The molten silver or gold fills the space and out comes something beautiful like the raptor below:

Michael also fabricates pieces and is most well known for his katsina pendants, rings and earrings.  Starting with a flat piece of silver or gold, he carefully crafts pieces into small moccasins, hands, faces and clothing.  The small pieces are sautered on to a sheet of silver or gold.  He recently made a 14kt gold katsina necklace complete with naja for his friend, the actress Jennifer Tilly:

Early in his career he was invited to see items stored away at several museums.  Some of these items included ledger paintings from the Reservation Period of the last 1800s to early 1900s.  He became fascinated with them and began to draw some of his own during down time on movie sets in the 1970s.  At that time, Michael was one of two men making ledger drawings.  Now, there are over 30 ledger painters, including women which is something new.  Traditionally, ledger paintings were made by men.  The most diffcult part of the ledger paintings that he makes is finding the documents.  He paints on ledger sheets, maps, wedding certificates, love letters, sheet music and other intersting ephemera from the 1800s to early 1900s.

Ledger Painting by Michael Horse on Bank Check, 1904

While Michael Horse has been in many movies and television series, he is probably most well known for is his part as "Deputy Hawk" in Twin Peaks which ran from 1990 to 1991, and which has become a cult classic.  He was also in the films "Lakota Woman", "Passenger 57", "The House of Cards" and many independent films, as well as television series.

On the set of "Twin Peaks"

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