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Jay Stock: Visions of Our Native American Heritage

Exhibit Opening At Stifel Fine Arts Center on Sunday

‘Navajo Man at Monuments’ by Jay Stock

WHEELING — Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center continues its 2021-22 season of changing art exhibits with “Visions of Our Native American Heritage” by master photographer Jay Stock.

An opening reception takes place from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, and is free and open to the public. The exhibit continues through Oct. 29.

For more than 60 years, master photographer Jay Stock documented the traditions and cultures of North American Indian Tribes. A visual tribute to these tribes, Stock’s portraits reflect his respect for history and love of the human spirit while capturing deep emotional content. Each image is a discovery of creative concepts and insight into composition, lighting and design.

“Visions of Our Native American Heritage” provides a prism through which the pageantry and heritage of the American Indians may be viewed. It is also a tribute to Stock’s artistry. With the objective eye of the camera, a page of history has been recorded.

Headdresses, artifacts, ceramics, tools and jewelry from the collection of author, artist and historian Alan Fitzpatrick are also part of the exhibition.

‘Navajo Elder’ by Jay Stock

Copies of Jay’s limited-edition book, “Visions of Our Native American Heritage,” will be available to purchase for $25 with proceeds going to Oglebay Institute’s Capital Campaign.

Sponsored by United Bank, “Visions of Our Native American Heritage” can be viewed free of change from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Evening hours are dependent on classes and special events.

A vibrant public space accessible to everyone, the Stifel Fine Arts Center showcases the work of established and emerging artists. Year-round, changing exhibits encourage enjoyment and appreciation of visual art through direct engagement with original works in traditional and non-traditional mediums.

Exhibits provide a platform for critical thinking, stimulate learning about art and the creative process and challenge viewers to expand the definition of art by reflecting on its role in society.

Exhibits are free and open to the public to tour. Upcoming exhibits include:

– Sept. 12 through Oct. 29, 2021: Jay Stock: Visions of Our Native American Heritage

– Nov. 11 through Dec. 23, 2021: Holiday Art Show & Sale

– Jan. 20 to Feb. 26, 2022: 33rd Annual Regional Student Art Exhibition

– Mar. 10 to Apr. 30, 2022: Robert Singleton

May 12 through July 2, 2022: Crosscurrents

Housed in the historic Edemar Mansion, the Stifel Fine Arts Center also has classrooms and performance space and presents hands-on art classes for all ages, live music, social events and more.

For more information, visit OIonline.com/stifel or call the Stifel Fine Arts Center at 304-242-7700.

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