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“Artifacts From a Future Dream”

Celebrate the opening of the "Artifacts From a Future Dream" exhibiton. 

The "Artifacts From A Future Dream" exhibition is now on view at the Traver Gallery website. While the Traver Gallery's physical location is temporarily closed, I am committed to giving you access to the exhibition to bring the art to your home digitally. Our community is quite different now and we have had to adjust to this new reality. This short film invites you to tour the exhibition from your home. Relax and join me to celebrate the opening of "Artifacts From a Future Dream".

This show is an homage to the future generations of Indigenous people. As I create pieces and imagine themes that could evoke the spirit of my culture, it is a process. In the old days, objects were made for the opposite side of the tribe and served as a visual reminder of our shared history.

Today, my work goes out into the world and is not just exclusively for my Native community. Hopefully, the objects I create inspire the next generations to explore new materials and continue to produce the forms, tell the stories, and thrive within their communities.  The forms in this show range from traditional to abstract. New color combinations explore another perspective in my work.

“Snot Boy” or Entuk is a cultural superhero. A woman who was grieving the loss of a child is crying as she walks along a beach one day. Her nose is full of mucus and she blows her nose and as it comes out it lands on an empty mussel shell. It starts to move, grow and change shape. It assumes the shape of a small boy and grows up to be a powerful leader in the tribe.

The “Transforming Killer Whale Totem” in opal white glass represents the name Kakawin-Chealth the name I share with Joe David, who also carved the original form in wood. He is my mentor, a revered Nu Chah Nulth elder and artist from Vancouver Island. This piece represents the story of a supernatural white wolf who transforms into a Killer Whale and bestows power upon the man witnessing the event.

"Fog Woman” represents the story of Raven who married Fog Woman from the cloud world. He promised the father of that realm that he would take care of and always respect his daughter. It was a time of famine and the woman started to twine together cedar bark. This enraged Raven and he became angry with her. She told him to be patient and over time she wove together a beautiful vessel and dipped it into a stream. Salmon appeared in the basket and Raven was happy again because he had something to eat. Fog Woman turned away and started walking away, she wanted to return to her father’s world in the sky, and as Raven chased after her, she dissipated back into fog and returned home.

The "Cedar Spirit Box" is a new medium, an explorative collaboration with Spike Mafford, an accomplished fine art photographer who has been a friend since childhood. We have long discussed an integration of our respective mediums. This piece is an exploration of melding photos with glass sculpture. The box form would have originally been made from cedar. The radiant image of the cedar trees, stripped in a traditional way in Neah Bay, speaks to origins, and the idea of the spirit of the living cedar which abides within the honoring box.

Contact the Traver Gallery for FaceTime, phone, and email consultations. Check out my other upcoming gallery exhibitions including new shows at the Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Exhibit C Native Gallery and Blue Rain Gallery.

 

- Preston Singletary
 

Snot Boy

Blown and sand carved glass

19" x 18" x 3"

Transforming Killer Whale Totem

Lead crystal

35" x 10" x 10"

Fog Woman

Lead crystal 

35.25" x 11.5" x 7"

Cedar Spirit Box

Kiln cast and sand carved glass, ink jet photo

18.5" x 14.5" x 14.5"  (box)

 

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A Special Message From Preston Singletary and the Upcoming Exhibit at the Traver Gallery

A special message from the Studio about the Coronavirus and the upcoming Traver Gallery exhibit.  

A Special Message From the Preston Singletary Studio

Hello from the Preston Singletary Studio,

Hard news first……... My heart goes out to my own father who has been diagnosed with cancer at 80 years old. If things weren’t strange enough, now the staff at the Studio are actively practicing social distancing after having built a large body of new work for the Traver Gallery for my upcoming "Artifacts From a Future Dream" exhibition.

Very soon the Traver Gallery and I will be virtually sharing my latest work with you. We are going to shoot special videos and provide details about the latest collection of art that we’ve produced here at the studio. It is my hope that sharing this with you will be welcomed, and a small distraction to the isolation we are going to have to endure for some time. Please check out these upcoming videos on either my Facebook or Instagram accounts.

A personal note of thanks to my studio team (of hard working people!) We are figuring out ways to keep on working here at the studio as we monitor what is going on here in the state of Washington as well as around the world. At the moment, it seems that we will try to continue to create art work while the world is waiting for this virus to run its course.

In my view, my only option is to continue to create positivity and beauty as best I can through my art.

Our hearts go out to to your families and to my close friends, artists and musicians that will be having a hard time getting through all this. To the arts organizations, restaurants, everyone within the matrix of our society, especially the health care workers who are on the front lines trying to help in this crisis, thank you!

We hope that you and your families are healthy and safe.

- Preston Singletary and the PSI Crew

 

Artifacts from a Future Dream at the Traver Gallery

See a collection of blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary at the "Artifacts from a Future Dream" exhibition at the Traver Gallery, Thursday, April 2nd – Saturday, April 25th, 2020. 

Can't see the exhibit in person? Traver Gallery can connect with you digitally via email or phone. Contact the gallery for hi-resolution photos, detailed information and more about the pieces appearing in the exhibit.

"The forms in this show range from traditional to abstract. New color combinations explore another perspective in my work." - Preston Singletary 

 

Into Clear Water

Blown and sand carved glass

21" x 15" x 3.5"

 

Eagle Dish

Blown and sand carved glass

10" x 17" x 8.5"

 

Supernatural

Blown and sand carved glass

18.25" x 8" x 14"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raven and the Box of Daylight Opens at the Wichita Art Museum

See the "Raven and the Box of Daylight" traveling exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum. 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Wichita Art Museum
Opens February 1st and on view through August 30th, 2020
 

Visit the Wichita Art Museum for the opening of "Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight", the unique traveling exhibition by Preston Singletary and organized by the Museum of Glass, which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun.
 
 
The story unfolds as visitors move through the exhibition’s four environments, while listening to recordings of storytellers paired with layers of original music and soundscapes. Singletary’s art creates a theatrical atmosphere in which his striking glass pieces enhance the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight.

 

Read more about the story behind Raven and the Box of Daylight in this article by The Seattle Times: "There are Many Versions of the Tlingit ‘Raven’ Story, but its Truth and Hopeful Message are Universal".

 

Additional venues include the National Museum of the American Indian - Smithsonian, Washington, DC. Fall 2020 and the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. Fall 2021.

 

See the full list of exhibition events, news and more at the Wichita Art Museum.

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Cast lead crystal

32.75" x 9.75" x 6"

 

Box of Daylight

Kiln cast and sand carved glass

20" x 36.75" x 16" 

 

White Raven

Blown and sand carved glass

19.25" x 9" x 14" 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Limited Edition Bronzes

A look at two new limited edition bronzes created by Preston Singletary. 

Announcing two new limited edition bronzes by Preston Singletary.  See the “Limited Editions” page for the full collection of bronzes, cast glass and other limited edition pieces created by Preston Singletary.

 

Kéet
Bronze, Limited Edition of 20
20” x 6” x 4”

“Kéet” is the Tlingit word for Killer Whale, which represents my main crest symbol, and the moiety of the Eagle on the top of the totem. The small figures are bears, which relate to the story of my great grandmother who, as a small girl, had a grizzly bear cub as a pet at the turn of the century in Sitka, AK.

 

                      

Woodcarvers Totem
Bronze, Limited Edition of 12
25” x 6” x 6”

At the top of this totem there is the pileated woodpecker. Next, is a human woodcarver with his tools flanked by woodworms. The bottom figure is a beaver with sapsuckers in the ears. In the back of the pole is a little bear, who rips up rotten logs for the woodworms to get into. This totem is an homage to all the woodworkers on the NW coast.

For current available works please view the full list of galleries representing Singletary under the "About" section.  

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Weaver’s Welcome

Learn more about the "Weaver's Welcome" sculpture recently unveiled at the new Burke Museum in Seattle. 

The Preston Singletary Studio is excited to announce the installation of “Weaver’s Welcome” at the new Burke Museum, which opened in October 2019.

The “Weaver’s Welcome” sculpture was created by artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), Preston Singletary (Tlingit), and David Franklin. Created in cast glass and bronze, the sculpture represents the Salish traditions of weaving and respect for the knowledge of past generations.  This piece has elements that were also inspired by historical artifacts held within the Burke Museum collection.

Via artist Anthony Jones, “The ten foot tall human figure is designed in a classic Coast Salish style, reminiscent of historic welcome figures and interior longhouse posts found throughout the Salish Sea region.  The figure greets guests with raised hands and upward-facing palms, in a traditional Coast Salish sign of welcoming.  The relief carving incorporates classic Coast Salish design motifs using crescents and trigons.”

When planning for the sculpture the team noted that, “Our approach bridges the cultural diversity of the Northwest Coast. While our team is deeply versed in traditional knowledge and skills, each artist has applied these traditions to historic and contemporary mediums alike. Our team embraces a contemporary, architecturally integrated design approach rooted in a deep knowledge of traditional techniques”.


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

 

 

 

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