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7/1/2013 2:46:00 PM
Spirit Talkers exhibition of masks and feather fans at James Ratliff Gallery

"Spirit Talkers" is the title of Tyanne's exhibition of hand-made masks and feather fans at Sedona's James Ratliff Gallery, Hillside Sedona, 671 State Route 179, Suites A-1 & A-2.

The show will debut Friday, July 5, with an opening reception for the artist from 5-8 p.m. The artist will make a short presentation at 6 p.m. This exhibition will continue through July 20.

Tyanne is an artist who lives her life in the awareness that "there are no accidents." From childhood, Tyanne always made art and requested her parents send her to art school.

What the artist describes as "harsh realities" prevented such education from happening, and perhaps sharpened the awareness which imbued her character of living in harmony with the universe. This was a harmony of recognition of where she was and what she could do.

Over the years, Tyanne's career manifested in diverse ways so indicative of the pragmatic American character. She recounts: "harsh realities didn't include such frivolous things. I have never had any formal training. Even in high school there were no art classes offered. However, art in one form another has always been part of my life. I have always drawn, written poetry, designed clothes, made homemade soap. "

She also adapts usage of things, such as the feathers. While her Native American brethren keep bird feathers closed, Tyanne has taught herself to position them in an open form, as if in flight.

Tyanne explains: "Within Native American belief systems regarding 'Animal Medicine', or 'Totem Magic', it has been taught that every animal exhibits patterns of habit that teach us specific lessons regarding how to heal or how to live. When calling upon and drawing strength from an animal's power, we are ...in harmony with their essence... which leads to healing or understanding.

As an artist, my incorporation of these 'medicine traits' by way of a 'story' attached to each mask seemed only natural. I have long been an eccentric collector of 'natural artifacts', as well as of books and information regarding Native American Medicinal Knowledge and Shamanism.

Tyanne writes: "Feathers are traditional messengers and communicators of energy. When feather fans are used to smudge, they are directing energies to communicate with our self-healing and self-strengthening abilities"

Fans can be used for group or personal smudging, and are useful energizers just by themselves. Large feather fans can be very effective journey aids.

Tyanne's affinity for harbingers of the spirits talking dates back to her long residence in Montana during which time she often had the occasion to attend Pow Wows, even those of the peoples of all nations.

For Tyanne, art is play and play is art.

Where does she hope her work might take her? Tyanne says: "No matter what medium, I can only think of one destination: further enlightenment. Every life experience, every time we learn something new and understand, we are further enlightened. A goal...? Maybe in a small and quiet way, my "Spirit Talkers" will teach others to reconnect with nature."

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