Upcoming Programs and EventsNative Presence Gallery and Learning Center
Our satellite location in down town Wisconsin Dells, WI will be closing in September 2018. We invite you to visit our location as we feature authentic fine and folk art by Native American artists from throughout the Great Lakes area. Our final exhibit in this location is entitled Remembering Stand Rock. This nostalgic exhibit highlights the history of the Stand Rock Indian Ceremonial, a performing arts attraction that was in the Wisconsin Dells area for almost 90 years. A majority of the exhibit contains objects from the Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF) Art Collection and LEAF is devoted to making this collection accessible to Native artists and the broader community. The collection is being cataloged and will be available online. This project was supported in part from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contact the gallery for our hours (608) 253-4142.
Native Presence Gallery and Learning Center
412 1/2 Broadway (Upper level in the Chalet)
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Are you a collector of Ho-Chunk baskets or vintage Wisconsin Dells memorabilia? If so, this is the event for you! Bring your cherished heirlooms to our Native Presence Gallery for appraisal and support a great cause at the same time. The event takes place on August 18th from Noon to 6pm. The experts include Mike Schmudlach, Wisconsin State Historical Society Board member and Native American art collector specializing in Ho-Chunk basket art and Phil Helley, long-time local Wisconsin Dells advertising executive and collectibles expert specializing in vintage Wisconsin Dells memorabilia. Participants will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. A fee of $10 for the first object and $5 for each additional object up to 10 pieces will benefit LEAF's River Road headquarters revitalization project. For more information call LEAF at (608) 253-4143.
Ho-Chunk Heritage Sunday
On Sunday, August 12th join us at the Painted Forest in Valton, WI to experience Ho-Chunk Heritage with activities provided by LIttle Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF). Musical entertainment by LEAF friend Felix Sainz, Jr., a Native frybread taco bar by friends of LEAF, and cattail weaving activities with Delia Maisells (Ho-Chunk). All ages are welcome to attend this free event. For more informaiton and for a full summer schedule of 2nd Sundays at the Painted Forest, visit finearts.edgewood.edu/painted-forest
Imagination Station: Children's Art Workshop Series
This series is made possible through the generous sponsorship of the Bank of Wisconsin Dells, The Wisconsin Dells Art Association, the Friends of the Kilbourn Public LIbrary, and the donors and friends of Little Eagle Arts Foundation (LEAF). Class sizes are limited; call or stop by the library to reserve your spot: (608) 254-2146
- July 11, Photography with Tom Jones, Professor of Photography at UW-Madison, ages 12 - 15
- July 18, Bead Art with Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director of LEAF, all ages
- July 25, Stone Carving with Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director of LEAF, ages 12 - 15
- August 1, Pottery with Felisia Sainz, Art educator and illustrator, ages 7 - 11
- August 8, Graphic Novel Illustration with Jim Terry, writer and illustrator, ages 12 - 15
- August 15, Cattail Weaving with Melanie Tallmadge Sainz, Director of LEAF, all ages
Native Art Marketplace at the Driftless Historium
In the collaborative spirit of creative placemaking Mount Horeb's Driftless Historium History Center and Gift Shop at 100 South 2nd Street and LEAF will celebrate the unveiling of its permanent exhibit, "Life and Change at the Edge of the Driftless" with a variety of family-friendly events , June 1 - 3, 2018.
This multifaceted exhibit, the centerpiece of the Mount Horeb Area Historical Society's new 3-building, 12,000 square foot facility, shares the many stories of the ecologically and geologically unique Driftless area of southwestern Dane County, from the last Ice Age to today, using original artifacts and documents, as well as video, photo slideshow, and interactive kiosk elements. Events include:
- June 1 at 6:30 pm LEAF's collection manager Kendra Greendeer will present "First Nations Art in Wisconsin"
- June 2 at 10 am the Wisconsin Dells Singers will perform a compilation of traditional Ho-Chunk song and dance, Master of Ceremonies Elliot Funmaker (Ho-Chunk)
- June 2 & 3 from 9am - 4pm the Native Art Marketplace wil feature the art and demonstrations by the following artists: Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida), Christopher Sweet (Ho-Chunk/White Earth Ojibwe), Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk), Terri O'Connor (Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican), Rick Osbon (Ho-Chunk), and Scott Hill (Oneida)
Gifts of Mother Earth: Folk Art Workshop Series
This successful workshop series features the folk art forms of Native people from throughout the state of Wisconsin. Our 2019 workshop series will be posted in the Spring 2019. In the past we have hosted the following workshops:
- Ho-Chunk Black Ash Baskets, Instructor: Kimberly Crowley (Ho-Chunk)
- Lakota-style Parfleche containers, Instructor: Mike Marshall (Lakota)
- Porcupine quill embroidered jewelry, Instructor: Melanie Tallmadge Sainz (Ho-Chunk)
- Iroquois Raised Beadwork, Instructor: Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida)
- Birchbark Baskets, Instructors: Dave and Sandra Peterson (Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Ojibwe)
Contact LEAF for more workshop and membership information:
Native Presence Gallery 2017 Art Exhibition
- The Art of Ho-Chunk Basket Making exhibit, curated by Tom Jones, Associate Professor of Photography at UW-Madison and Mike Schmudlach, WI State Historical Society Board member is up through August 20th at LEAF's Native Presence Gallery, 412 1/2 Broadway, Wisconsin Dells. On August 19th, 2017 LEAF Fellow and basket artist Marian Miner will provide a demonstration of the black ash basket process. The demonstration will take place at Native Presence Gallery from Noon - 5pm.
- The public is invited to attend the opening of the exhibit, Corn Popping Moon featuring the art of 2017 LEAF Fellows: Leah LaMere Calderon (Ho-Chunk) from Ringle, WI, Christopher Sweet (Ho-Chunk) from Milwaukee, WI, and Marian Miner (Ho-Chunk) from Tomah, WI. The exhibit opening celebration will take place on August 26 from 5 - 8pm at LEAF's Native Presence Gallery. This show will be open to the public through October, 2017.
Building Community through the Arts
- In partnership with the Kilbourn Library in Wisconsin Dells, LEAF is facilitating a community mural painting opportunity. LEAF roster artist and 2017 LEAF Fellow Chris Sweet (Ho-Chunk) has designed a mural entitled Taking Flight. Community members are invited to get creative under the guidance of Chris to paint the three panels of the mural at the library's community room at 620 Elm Street in Wisconsin Dells on Saturday, August 12 from Noon to 5. The completed mural will be displayed on Broadway in downtown Wisconsin Dells.
- In collaboration with Edgewood College, LEAF is presenting Ho-Chunk Heritage Sunday on August 13th at the Painted Forest, E846 Painted Forest Drive in Valton, WI. Activities begin at 11am and include cattail mat weaving, native food, and a music concert from 2 - 3:30 featuring Marc LaMere and Felix Sainz.
Ahuchoga: Blue Wing's Legacy
The legacy of Chief Ahuchoga, English translation “Blue Wing” and his connection with the community of Reedsburg was commemorated through the creation of a public art mural and a variety of free programs beginning in August, 2016. This project was made possible through a grant from First Peoples Fund, a national Native organization committed to supporting and honoring Native American artists. Little Eagle Arts Foundation and Reedsburg Artslink will host muralist Wesley May (Red Lake Ojibway) and his apprentice Christopher Sweet (Ho-Chunk). To view the mural, visit the Reedsburg Chamber of Commerce in downtown Reedsburg, WI.