Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

December 7, 2012

‘Spirits in the Sky’ Exhibition Opens Early December

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

Corsicana — Come explore the imagery of Southwest Native American religious iconography when Western artist T. W. Vanya reveals his interpretation of the spirit essence of the Hopi people through two-dimensional representations of kachina masks. This one-man exhibition opens in December at the Pearce Museum on the campus of Navarro College in Corsicana.  

T. W. Vanya spent months studying and researching the lifeways of Southwestern Native American tribes before he began painting these historically accurate images of kachina masks used in religious ceremonies of the Pueblo cultures. It is his intention to present these images to the public with both respect and reverence. Of the creative experience, Vanya says, “It has been an interesting journey doing the research for this project. I hope that the viewer is moved by this study of Native American beliefs and icons….”

 According to the Pueblo peoples of the Southwest, kachinas are supernatural living spirits. They represent the spirit essence of just about everything in the world. Masked kachina dancers are transformed by the spirit-beings and intercede on behalf the people, teaching religion and social values, who, in turn, honor the spirits who bring the rain and the harvest.  

 Come see these artistic representations, on exhibition through January  2013.

A unique exhibition in itself, the twelve works in this collection range in price from $650 to $8,500.