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Dolores Purdy: Brilliant Ledgers


Our exciting spring exhibition introduces new gallery artist Dolores Purdy who brings bright colors and a contemporary style to her ledger paintings. A member of the Caddo Nation, Purdy, with a career Air Force father, spent much of her childhood relocating often. It was her time spent with family in Oklahoma listening to stories passed down for generations that inspired her art. Trained as a watercolorist, Purdy spent years researching the history and art of her tribe including the presence of their warriors at Florida’s Ft. Marion in 1875. Fascinated with ledger art Purdy brings the traditional two-dimensional style an entirely new look. Bright colors and as many female subjects as men draws her works into a broader look at Indian life. Her favored medium for these is colored pencils with India ink highlights. She presents each piece with cotton rag acid-free matting under conservation glass with hand-made frames of such lovely materials as

Brazilian Tiger wood. Dolores Purdy has enjoyed a number of museum exhibitions including at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian where, years before she had been a visiting artist and demonstrator. She has been featured at the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Fair and Market and is in collections that range from the NMAI to the White House, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, and the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

The exhibition opens with a 1st Friday opening reception April 5th, from 5-8 p.m. and features an Artist Talk at 6:15 p.m. The exhibition runs through April 21st.