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SAGE Hosting Exhibit By Indigenous Artist Collective

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SAGE Community Arts

Sheridan Arts nonprofit SAGE is hosting a new exhibit featuring the work of six artists from tribes across the region.

The artists are a part of the Creative Indigenous Collective and includes Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho), Ben Pease (Apsáalooke), John Pepion (Piikani Band of the Blackfoot Confederacy), Gina Still Smoking (Lower Brule Sioux), Louis Still Smoking (Blackfeet), and Holly Young (Dakota).

"They're a group of professional, Native American artists from the Northern Plains, exploring identity, collective culture in contemporary Native American art, and life," said SAGE Community Arts Executive Director Jill Benson.

The artists have done modern interpretations of traditional arts. Benson said this fits with the overall direction SAGE is heading.

"We want to see SAGE move forward in having art that is relatable to bring into the community, to get them more exposed to different styles of art wall, then having this modern twist on it to be able to understand the scenes, then having it displayed in this totally new and contemporary way," she said.

The exhibit is now open through July 17. SAGE and the WYO Theater will host an artist talk and reception this Thursday featuring two of the artists Martinez and Pease.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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