Elgin Studio Celebrates Native American History
Byline: Submitted by Side Street Studio Arts
In celebration of Native American History Month, Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, Elgin, presents "A Celebration of Native American History," guest-curated by Elgin artist Mary Holat.
The exhibit runs Nov. 14-30, with an artist reception from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and a Kid's Day Event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. There is a $5 suggested donation.
A member of the Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Michigan native is best known for her "Spirit People" pottery creations. Holat began her creative journey into pottery over a decade ago at a community studio shortly before retiring from a 25-year career in social work.
She credits her growth in pottery to teachers who have provided her not only with good instruction but valuable feedback and encouragement along the way.
Most recently, she received personal tutorials in pottery while staying in a pueblo near Sante Fe, N.M.
Her work with her "Spirit People" theme emerged from her desire to express her Native American culture and heritage in the visual arts. …