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An Evening With Michael Horse

Thursday February 26, 2015 7:00 PM - Thursday February 26, 2015 8:30 PM

Gathering Tribes Presents An Evening With

MICHAEL HORSE: Ledger Art & Making Jewelry

Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Please join us for an informative evening with award-winning jeweler, artist and actor, Michael Horse.

Michael Horse, Gathering Tribes’ resident artist, is a master jeweler who creates stunning works in 14kt gold and sterling silver.  He searches out the best stones available to set in his jewelry including turquoise from the following mines: Kingman, Pilot Mountain, Carico Lake, Lone Mountain, and Morenci.  He also uses sugilite, red and pink coral, lapis, and jet.  One of the things enjoys best is cutting his own stones to see the beauty inside. Michael has been making jewelry for over 40 years.  He primarily creates using the fabrication and tufa cast methods.

He began his acting career as a stunt man in Hollywood and “accidentally” became an actor.  His first role was in “The Lone Ranger” which launched his career.  His most notable role was that of “Deputy Hawk” in the groundbreaking television series, “Twin Peaks”.   He has appeared in “Passenger 57”, “House of Cards” and the television series “Hell on Wheels”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “Malcolm in the Middle” and “X-Files”.

Michael has also worked with many museums, and after seeing ledger paintings in the archives, he began painting his own while on movie sets.  Other actors were interested in what he was doing and his ledger painting career started.  Ledger paintings are a traditional Native American folk art which came about during the Reservation Period.  Battles and important events were painted on hides prior to that time, but with no hunting allowed, the hides were no longer available.  People painted on whatever paper they could find and often times these were ledger papers.  Michael uses vintage water color and ink to depict scenes from the late 1800s to early 1900s on ledgers, bank notes, newsletters, book pages and maps.

There is limited seating during the lecture.  Please be prepared to stand or sit on the floor.

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