Native American showcase this weekend in downtown Truckee

Jane LufkinSpecial to the World
"Akecheta" by Artist Susan Sawyer.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Artist Suzan Sawyer will be showcasing her artistry at Art Obsessions Gallery & Wine Bar Saturday and Sunday from 2-6 p.m. One of Sawyer’s specialties is painting Native American life vibrating with color and movement.Since childhood, Sawyer’s father stressed the importance of safeguarding the environment, by tying lessons to his childhood days in Oklahoma where he grew up and played with Native American children from the Seminole Reservation.”We would put our ears to the ground along the American River, pretending to hear a thunderous herd of buffalo heading our direction,” said her father.Evenings were spent draped over an overstuffed easy chair, listening to him reading “The Last of the Mohicans,” among many other wonderful novels.Suzan Sawyer weaves color and history into her art to honor her descendants.”My sister and I were so thrilled when Dances with Wolves featured the Native Americans and their culture under siege; they were depicted as real people, dignified and honorable and became my inspiration for my painting, ‘Akecheta,'” she said. “I am intent on showing the Native Americans and the proud and rugged individualists that they were when they still had buffalo to hunt and their land in which to freely live.”Art Obsessions Gallery & Wine Bar is located in Historic Downtown Truckee, 10052 Donner Pass Road. Visit or call 530-550-9688 for information.

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