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4/23/2012 9:01:00 AM
'Of the People' native exhibit at Manheim
Baje Whitethorne with
Baje Whitethorne with "Princess."

The weekend of April 28 and 29 is set to be an exciting one at THE MANHEIM GALLERY. The gallery is proud to host "Of The People," an exhibition, discussions and demonstrations by Baje Whitethorne and The Community of Native Peoples, a group of professional native artists who work with, and mentor, other developing artists. Discussions and demonstrations by the participating artists will be held throughout the two days in the great rooms of the gallery and on the studio deck. Their works will be exhibited throughout the gallery through the 15th of May.

The artists will greet gallery guests at a wine reception and book signing from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Saturday, the 28. Participate in this wonderful opportunity to meet this exceptional group of artists, see their work, and engage in the process of creating beautiful works.

Baje Whitethorne Sr. grew up on the Navajo Reservation near Shonto. As a child, he was first drawn into the world of storytelling when he and his brothers would make up stories on the way to their grandmother's house. His story telling soon found voice through art. His artistic talent was apparent even in grade school and his teachers encouraged him to develop his gift. Today, his artwork reflects his homeland and rich culture, depicting striking landscapes and the harmony of the Navajo way of life.

Baje says: "When I was a boy, my parents and grandparents brought home a new card table with six metallic blue chairs. In the summer months, I would put my face against the cool seat of the chairs. Now, I include the chair in my artwork because it reminds me of my boyhood and because it draws people into my artwork when they try to find it."

For nearly 30 years, art has been the focus of Baje's professional life. Throughout, his Navajo culture is woven into his artwork; it shows in his colors, composition, and design. His big skies, beautiful landscapes, stylized portraits all reflect his homelands in magnificent warmth of color. A favorite among art collectors, Baje's artwork hangs in numerous museums, art galleries, and private collections across the globe. He has also illustrated eight children's books, two of which he authored and are translated in both English and Navajo.

THE MANHEIM GALLERY is located at 747 N. Main St., Old Town Cottonwood.

Parking is available in the gallery parking lot on Fifth Street behind Zoomer's Bike Shop. For information please call (928) 649-0130.

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