Keith Secola, Briand Morrison and Roxann Berglund, Pete Kavanaugh, the Stone Bridge Singers, and Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will perform on the ACA stage on October 6 at 7 PM. This event is a fundraiser for the restoration of the George Morrison painting “Dawn and Sea” which was given as a gift by the artist to Cook County Schools in 1952. The painting will be going on tour with the Minnesota Museum of American Art and will return to a new protective home in the lobby of the Arrowhead Center for the Arts for public display.
Also at this event, Kristin Makholm, Director of the Minnesota Museum of American Art will share information about the national tour on which this work and others will be embarking. Come enjoy an evening of great entertainment and help preserve a significant piece of Cook County culture.
About George Morrison: George Morrison (1919 – April 17, 2000) was an American landscape painter and sculptor. His Indian name was Wah Wah Teh Go Nay Ga Bo (Standing in the Northern Lights). A
Chippewa born on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation near Chippewa City, Cook County, Minnesota, he graduated from Grand Marais High School in 1938 and then the Minnesota School of Art, now the
Minneapolis College of Art and Design, in 1943.
Having been chosen to receive the Van Derlip Traveling Scholarship, Morrison studied at the Art Students League from 1943-1946 in New York City, where he became part of a circle of abstract expressionists. In 1952, after receiving a Fulbright scholarship, he studied in Paris and Antibes. Soon after, he became acquainted with prominent American expressionists Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock. As a painting instructor, he taught in Minneapolis; Duluth; Dayton, Ohio; Ithaca, NY (Cornell University); Pennsylvania (Penn State); New York City; and the Rhode Island School of Design. Beginning in 1970, he taught American Indian studies and art at the University of Minnesota and continued doing so until retiring in 1983. He then retired to Red Rock, the home and studio he shared with his wife, Hazel Belvo, near Grand Portage.
About Keith Secola: Keith Secola is an icon and ambassador of Native music. He is one of the most influential artists in the field today. Born in 1957 in Cook, Minnesota, and affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe, Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies at the U of M, enriching his life’s work as a musician, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Critics have dubbed him the Native version of both Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. In 2011, he was inducted into the Native Music Hall of Fame. He is a seven-time Native American Music Award winner.
Venue: Arrowhead Center for the Arts, 51 W. 5th St. Grand Marais, MN
Date: October 6, 2012
Time: 7 PM
Tickets: $15 adults, $5 students (age 18 & under) – advance tickets (no fees) at www.arrowheadcenterforthearts.tix.com