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While reading through some of the new members "fun facts" about themselves I found this:

Stephanie Chubbuck  -  I have work in the White House Collection.

Sally Batson  -  At the Nashville Southern Women’s show I was exhibiting and Miss Kay from Duck Dynasty was there.  I met her and gave her one of my crosses because I enjoy the show and what they stand for.

I started thinking.  We have almost 10,000 members here now.  I wonder if there are other members who have sold a piece of their work to someone famous, or you have your work displayed in a famous building or collection somewhere.

Let us know if you have a special piece displayed or owned by someone special.

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I currently have work showing at both the Mt. Kearsage Indian Museum in Warner, New Hampshire and the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Museum in Ledyard, Connecticut.  I have things on permanent display at the Chimney Point Museum in Crown Point, New York, the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Connecticut and the Roger Williams University Collection in Rhode Island.  I will be offering a talk to teachers on classroom sensitivity toward Native American students in Stratford, Connecticut this month, offering a gourd workshop at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum in Ct and also will be on a panel of Native artists who will be discussing our work at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum as part of the New England Native American Grants Program.  I received a grant to help fund expenses for researching my upcoming book "The Visual Language of Wabanaki Art" which is scheduled for release in 2014.

I have one piece that was requested for a special donation to the Norton's-Children's Hospital in Louisville that hangs in a room used for consultation with parents when a child dies. The chaplain in charge was given the directive to decorate the room and given a zero budget to do so. The image is of a pair of woman's hands together holding a large pink blossom lit in dramatic chiaroscuro lighting. It was the last of an edition of ten. At first I thought she was just another charity type looking for a free donation and was ready to tell her no. When she explained where it was going and how the message of the image was so appropriate for the setting, I changed my mind and gave it to her. To be honest, I was choked up after the explanation of why she wanted that particular piece.

How rewarding!  In my old age I really appreciate having someone really want my work for a reason.  I can't think of a better reason then yours.  No amount of money could pay you for that.

Every person who has ever thought enough of my work to have purchased one of my pieces is most definitely someone special in my eyes. I genuinely appreciate each and every one of them.

Do TV series count? I have had two different bags on two different episodes of a TV series.

Jeanne, wow, you must have the corner on Indian related art on the east coast.  How cool is that?  Robert that was a very good cause that you donated your photo for.  Good for you for having a compassionate spirit.

And Rich, yes TV series do count and we want to know what show has 2 of your bags.

LOL  No, I don't have a corner on the market.  Connecticut and New England has some very active artists and craftsmen.  My Band of Abenaki was only state recognized about three years ago and I think people are trying to help us make our mark.  Connecticut has two very active tribes (Mohegan and Pequot) with many Natives from other tribes relocated here.  I was fortunate enough to already be an artist and teacher (now retired) so I have the background for giving workshops, teaching classes, and presenting my own work which is historically based on tribal designs. Grandma Moses was discovered at 89.  I am getting discovered at 69. Better late then never.  While it all sounds great, I should say that ti really doesn't bring in as much income as it sounds like it would.  Born poor, lived poor, and will die poor, but I will hopefully leave a legacy.

It was pretty little liars a couple of years ago.

My personal silver-mounted saddle built in 1996 is in the Pueblo County Historical Society collection of Pueblo, CO and other 19th century Colorado saddlemakers as a contemporary example. It is the largest collection of early Colorado makers' saddles. I also have a carved panel illustrating the southwest Porter style of leather carving in the Western Folklife Center collection, Elko, NV. This was requested as part of a 1997 exhibition "Saddle Up. - A Renaissance in Leather, the top thirty North American saddlemakers selected by their peers".

Like, like, like.  Richard, I would love to see your work in person someday.  I bet it is beautiful.

When I was a potter I got a commission to make the funeral urn for a decorated WW11 veteran whose ashes were to be buried in Arlington. I made it, and the family was pleased, and now my pot holds a hero's ashes and will remain in Arlington Cemetery for as long as this country lasts. Shortly after that I gave up being a potter, I felt that I couldn't top that and maybe it was time to move on to a different medium after 30+ years in clay.

What an honor Joan.  That is really special.

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