New exhibition features works by Cherokee artisan John Julius Wilnoty

by Feb 2, 2017A&E0 comments


Set of rattlesnake pipes carved in catlinite by John Julius Wilnoty. (Photo by Lucas A.A. Rogers)

HICKORY – View carvings created by Cherokee artisan John Julius Wilnoty during the exhibition Solitude & Mystery which opened Wednesday, Feb. 1 in the Objects Gallery at Hickory Museum of Art (HMA), 243 Third Ave. N.E., Hickory. An opening reception, including a talk with the exhibit curator and collector, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.

Area teachers and homeschool educators are invited to hear exhibit curator and scholar Anna Fairello speak during “Conversations with the Curator” on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 4-5pm. Fariello, an associate professor at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, will discuss Cherokee objects and how educators can incorporate them into their curriculums. Also speaking will be Lambert Wilson, owner of the Wilnoty Collection and avid Native American art collector. Both Fariello and Wilson will talk during the public reception, scheduled to start at 5:30pm.

The exhibition Solitude & Mystery features 25 works in carved stone and mixed media from the collection of Lambert Wilson, a major collector of Cherokee artwork. The exhibit also includes pieces by Wilnoty’s sons and grandson. Works range from purely sculptural pieces to carvings that function as ceremonial objects. The exhibition will run through May 21.

Info: (828) 327-8576

– Hickory Museum of Art