Kelly Greene is one of the three Six Nations artists contributing to Woodland’s sculptural garden Earthly Connections. Her Haudenosaunee Solar Longhouse (2012) is the fourth rendition of the piece; previous versions of the work have been exhibited as indoor gallery installations, made from recyclable materials. This rendering of Haudenosaunee Solar Longhouse is constructed of native trees, vines, and grasses surrounding two twelve-foot long steel beams, a subtle nod to the agricultural and trades training once administered by the Mohawk Institute. On June 15 several summer students, Woodland staff, and Pat from Van Den Nest Nursery assisted Kelly with the planting.
Other works featured in Earthly Connections include the rehabilitation of Vince Bomberry’s popular Gus-wen-tah (Two Row Wampum), and a new commission by recent recipient of the OAC Aboriginal Artist award Shelley Niro. These three works will continue the Woodland’s tradition of dedicating a space to the sculptural works of First Nations artists. Official opening for all visual arts exhibitions is slated for Saturday August 12 at 2PM; many of the artists will be on site to discuss their works.
Earthly Connections is generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council