Native American artist Claudia Brentwood is exhibiting her recent work at the Hidden Cafe, 1515 Palisades Drive, through March 28. The show includes a collection of 3-by-4-feet acrylic canvases, and a number of gelee and paint framed pieces. Brentwood is a member of the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, where her grandmother and mother grew up. She spent summers on the reservation, attending a number of pow wows, which ultimately guided the direction her art would take. “I always seek to create unity and harmony and am driven to bring the spirit of the Native American forward,” Brentwood says. “The Native American culture and ways are opened to all. One can choose to go in lightly or with depth. I use my art to provide the viewer a glimpse into the true spirit of the Indian, bypassing the surface and diving into the essence. “In ‘Spirit Grandmother,’ the adornment is abstract because it is really inconsequential. The true adornment and beauty lie in the woman’s dignity. “In ‘Unity,’ the white buffalo looks over an infant. The infant represents purity and wisdom, trusting the white buffalo for its safety in this world. The white buffalo is a highly sacred symbol representing hope and renewal for all humanity through harmony between all peoples of the world.” The Hidden Cafe is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. Contact: 230-9823.
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