Yani Smith: Native Quillwork (AIR Artist Talk)

December 6, 2014 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
AS220 Labs
131 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

This month, AS220 is excited to host artist Yolanda “Yani” Smith as Artist in Residence, in partnership with the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI.

A big thank you to Loren Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum, for making this happen. The Mission of Tomaquag Museum is to educate the public and promote thoughtful dialogue regarding Indigenous history, culture, arts, and Mother Earth and connect to Native issues of today.

Yani is an active Native artist of Rhode Island. She has been an apprentice and artisan of North Eastern Quillwork and Beadwork for the past 3-6 years. As a child, Yolanda watched her mother religiously create contemporary and traditional Native art. While learning at her side, she observed how that body of work touched people’s lives throughout the Native community. It wasn’t until her late 20s that she decided to put her skills at play. Through recognizing and reflecting on the struggles of identity being a Native woman in today’s America, Yolanda began expressing herself through two art forms of choice: traditional pre-contact quillwork and contemporary beadwork. Most of her work is a mixture of the two, connecting both the past and the present. Over the past 6 years her work has been sold, demonstrated, taught and exhibited at numerous Native cultural events throughout New England. She was recently a featured artist in the Warwick Museums “Love Medicine” exhibit in February, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’s “Art Unifies Communities” exhibit and the “Native American” exhibit of 2014.
Yolanda will exhibit her work at the MOTE Gallery at the AS220 INDUSTRIES (131 Washington St) from December 4th-6th.  
Don’t miss Yolanda’s Artist Talk on Saturday, December 6 @ AS220’s MOTE Gallery at the AS220 INDUSTRIES. Free Admission.
Check out her interview here: