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Showing For: March, 2021

Art Focus: Weaver’s Welcome

Learn more about the Weaver's Welcome sculpture at the Burke Museum. 

Art Highlight: “Weaver’s Welcome”


The Weaver’s Welcome sculpture was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin, and Preston Singletary (Tlingit) and is currently on view at the Burke Museum in Seattle, WA. 

This figure welcomes guests to the Burke Museum in the tradition of similar iconic figures that have stood on the shores of the Salish Sea for generations. Symbols used on this piece are found in many historical objects in the Burke's collection, including baskets and carvings.

The Burke Museum is currently open to guests and Weaver’s Welcome can be viewed at the Lower Lobby, which showcases Washington state pieces from the three major areas of the Burke Museum collections: culture, biology, and paleontology.

 

Weaver's Welcome
Cast glass and metal
125" x 42" x 24"
The Burke Museum - Seattle, WA.

 

 

 

 

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Music & New Collaborations

Learn more about upcoming exhibitions featuring collaborative art and the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo to support their new album.

Music & New Collaborations

Music for the Great Sun

Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

The Great Sun was a divine god-king of the Cahokia Mound builders, and both the political and religious leader of that ancient society. Many of the ancient pieces that served as inspiration for the artists were originally made by imperial craftsmen for the demands of the ruling class and The Great Sun.

View the Music for the Great Sun exhibition at the Exhibit C Native Gallery from March 1st - June 30th, 2021. Join Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman for a special Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th.
 

 


A Collaboration in Glass III

View a new collection of art by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo, who is renowned for her contemporary pueblo pottery, as they collaborate for the third time. These two distinct styles meld with each other in blown and sand carved glass sculptures. View A Collaboration in Glass III at the Blue Rain Gallery from March 26th to April 17th, 2021.

“The third round of collaborations was fueled by the pandemic. The remote collaboration was a
welcome change of routine for us. Usually we are able to work side by side making the vessels
that Jody designs, but this time we sent drawings back and forth, and I handled the blowing of
the pieces with my team in my studio.

Working on these blown vase forms is liberating for me and sort of a return to my glass blowing
roots. The classical form has always been an area of focus for me especially in the beginning of
my career when I helped other people make their work.

Collaboration comes easy for me because as glass workers we are accustomed to making work
for other people or executing ideas for people who do not blow glass themselves. Each
collaboration with an Indigenous artist teaches me something new in terms of approach and
dealing with traditional symbols and storytelling.”

- Preston Singletary


 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo - Ends March 20th, 2021

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, The Wilderness Within, They Forgot They Survived and Héen.

The title of the new album, WOOch, translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell (keyboardist - Parliament-Funkadelic), where he wished to use music to bring people together. This Indiegogo will use funds to complete the production and release of this new album.

Khu.éex' has reached our original Indiegogo goal of $15,000 to complete and release the new album, WOOch. Support from our Contributors was fundamental in the production of WOOch”which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. 

We will use any funds that go over the original $15,000 goal to get into the studio and add the multi track layering and mixing for a new batch of music recorded in October of 2020.  Khu.éex’ recorded 6 basic tracks for a new EP reflecting the newest line up. These new tracks feature Sondra Segundo the lead singer, singing in her Haida language in "Killer Whale Song", and our newest song titled "Breathe In". Please consider contributing to help Khu.éex' reach this next “Stretch Goal”. 

Perks for contributors includes music by Khu.éex' and art by Preston Singletary (Khu.éex' co-founder/bassist), like this Chartreuse Lightning Basket created in blown and sand carved glass. This Indiegogo ends on March 20th, 2021.


Chartreuse Lightning Basket
Blown and sand carved glass
5” x 6”

 

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Khu.éex’  Indiegogo Campaign

Read about the Khu.éex' Indiegogo Campaign launching on Feb. 3rd. Perks for Contributors include art by Preston Singletary. 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo. Ends on March 20th!

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. Together with Skerik, Stanton Moore, Gene Tagaban and the late Clarissa Rizal, they recorded under the direction of Randall Dunn. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, “The Wilderness Within”, “They Forgot They Survived” and “Héen”. All albums were produced and released by the band independently.

The title of the new album, "WOOch", translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell, where he wished to use music to bring people together through sound.

 

 

Help support the band Khu.éex' by contributing to their new Indiegogo campaign. This campaign will help in the production of the new album, "WOOch". Once funded, the album has an anticipated release date of June 2021. 

 “WOOch” features Bernie Worrell (Keyboards), Preston Singletary (Bass), Captain Raab (Guitar), Gene Tagaban (vocals, spoken word, flute), Nahaan (spoken word, vocals), Skerik (Sax and horn arrangements), Hans Teuber (horns, flutes), Stephen Nistor (Drums, percussion), Denny Stern (percussion), Indrayani Ananda and Carly Kienow (vocals), and Tim Kennedy (keyboards). 

Special featured guests: Qacung (Y’upic vocals) acclaimed singer and co-founder of Pamyua, Eyvind Kang (Viola), and Jay Kardong (pedal steel).

Hear the first song off of this new album, “10,000 Generations”, at the Khu.éex' Bandcamp page.

 

 

A variety of Perks are offered to Contributors at different levels. In addition to music by Khu.éex', Perks for Contributors includes original art by Preston Singletary (co-founder of Khu.éex', and bassist), like this cast glass "Sun Mask” and blown glass “Tlingit Berry Basket”. 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for February 3rd to contribute to the Khu.éex' Indiegogo campaign, ends on March 20th, 2021!

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Public Art Focus: Tlingit Dancing Staff

See the "Tlingit Dancing Staff" by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

It’s a great time to get outside and explore public art. See the Tlingit Dancing Staff by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit dancing staff, used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This work explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top of the sculpture depicting Raven holding the sun.

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff
Preston Singletary and David Franklin
Glass and steel
24 ft tall
Location: NW 11th and Hoyt St., Portland, OR.

 

Installation of Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Detail

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Night

 

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Virtual Artist Talks, Interviews and More

Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and more.

Join Preston Singletary virtually to learn about the development of Singletary's work, new projects, and the unique dimension that his glass sculptures bring to contemporary indigenous art.

See recent Artist Talks on the Preston Singletary Studio YouTube Channel. Explore videos including a special Happy Hour with the Traver Gallery, a Conversation on Native Glass with Blue Rain Gallery, an Artist Talk with the Sandra Ainsley Gallery and much more. 

Looking for a Podcast? Listen to Singletary discuss contemporary Indigenous glass art on the Talking Out Your Glass podcast hosted by Shawn Waggoner, or listen to Coastal Cafe, hosted by MaryAnn Wagner and produced at the University of Washington. This episode features Singletary talking about how his Tlingit heritage relates to his art and band, Khu.éex', which he co-founded and plays bass in.

Now is also a great time to take a look back at the Craft in America Nature episode that features Preston Singletary and includes artists who explore the beauty and wonder of the natural world. 

 

 

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