Stone carving demonstration set Saturday at InSight Gallery

Oreland C. Joe Sr., known for his stone and bronze sculptures, will be demonstrating his stone carving techniques at InSight Gallery on Saturday, April 5, beginning at 10 a.m.

The demonstration is free and open to the public. 

As a sculptor who works in stone, he was influenced early in his career by European travels, using the opportunity to see and feel the artistic works of the Greek, Roman, renaissance and Baroque periods.

A constant study of the stone sculptures in Italy, France, Japan, England and Egypt continue to enhance his work, explained a spokesman.

Joe’s carvings depict Native American lifestyles, songs and dances of the 1800s-1920s.

He works in Utah alabaster, marble and Arizona limestone, in addition to wood and bronze.   

Born in Shiprock, N.M., in 1958, Joe is a native of New Mexico and is of Dine’ (Navajo) and Ute decent. He grew up in the four-corners area and has lived most of his life on both the Navajo and Ute reservations. 

In 1993, he was the first Native American artist to be a member of the Cowboy Artists of America.

In 1996, he was chosen out of 50 artists and was commissioned by the Ponca City Native American Foundation to produce a 220-foot bronze sculpture of “Chief Standing Bear.”

Since being inducted into the Cowboy Artists of America, Joe has won numerous awards within the organization. 

In addition to receiving the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, he has been asked to participate in the Prix de West Show and has won the Prix de West Purchase Award at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. 

Joe has been selected to be part of the Autry Museum’s Masters of the American West show where he has been awarded the Gold Medal Sculpture as well as the Norris Foundation Award for Sculpture. 

He will be in Fredericksburg in conjunction with his show at InSight Gallery titled “Legends and Landscapes of the American West” that features his work, along with the work of Tom Browning, Calif., and Mark Haworth of Fredericksburg.

“Legends and Landscapes of the American West” will be the second time the three artists have been featured together at InSight Gallery.

“Legends and Landscapes of the American West” will be on display through April 19.

A reception with the artists will be held during First Friday Art Walk Fredericksburg on Friday, April 4, from 6-8 p.m.

Vocalist/guitarist Victor Andrada will provide entertainment.

InSight Gallery is located at 214 West Main Street.




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