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Common Symbols In Northwest Coastal Art: Know The Meaning Before You Buy

Posted by on Nov 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Common Symbols In Northwest Coastal Art: Know The Meaning Before You Buy

The art of the Northwest Coastal people, like the aboriginal Tlingit and Haida of Canada, is striking with its bold black and red designs. Its wide, swooping lines and powerful-looking imagery often provoke a strong reaction in viewers, whether native or not. However, the symbols used in the art are also meant to convey a message. Before you buy a piece for yourself or someone else, here’s what you should know about a few of the most common symbols that you’ll see in the art of that region. The Wolf Or The Killer Whale Both the wolf and the killer whale represent fidelity and family in Northwest Coastal art. Wolves and killer whales both mate for life, care for their young, and maintain strong family or group connections. A piece of art with either of these symbols would be appropriate to hang in a family room or the entrance way to your home as a way to represent how important you consider your family to be. This would also be a great gift for someone who organizes charity events, a community leader, or a personal mentor who has been a mother-figure or father-figure to you. The Frog Or The Owl Frogs and owls are both associated with the spirit world, divine power, and magic. Since frogs live both on land and in water, they’re seen as a connecting point between the spirit world and the human world. They can tell secrets about the spirit world in their song. Owls are the symbolic guardians of the spirit world and can see ghosts. Their ability to see in the dark is linked with their ability to see the future as well.  Aboriginal art with either a frog or an owl on it would be perfect for someone who is spiritual or a believer in the supernatural. It’s also perfect for someone whose profession requires a little bit of special skill and knowledge. A writer who listens to his or her subconscious while looking for story ideas might appreciate a gift like this. So would a stockbroker who has to find a way to intuit the financial market in order to be successful. The Butterfly Or The Dragonfly Both butterflies and dragonflies symbolize personal transformation and beauty. Butterflies represent the sort of change that comes after a period of struggle, and dragonflies represent the ability to change quickly. They represent emotional and mental change just as much as they do a physical transformation. The association with change makes art with this imagery in it appropriate for anyone who has recently undergone (or is about to undergo) a major lifestyle change. It would be a beautiful gift for someone who has just had a child or someone who has left a difficult relationship. It could also be symbolic of a new job in a new city, representing your hopes for a positive future. These are just some of the symbols that you’ll find in the aboriginal art out of the Northwest Coastal area. For more information, contact Gallery Phillip or a similar...

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Two Tips To Help You Display Your Native Indian Art Appropriately

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Two Tips To Help You Display Your Native Indian Art Appropriately

It doesn’t matter if you have an older piece from a well-known artist or a new selection from an up-and-coming artist, displaying your Native Indian pieces properly is important. The manner in which you display your artwork won’t just help accentuate the true beauty of the piece, but it can also have an effect on the tone of the room. Here are a few tips to assist you with displaying artwork in your home. Research the Piece Take some time to research the piece before you decide what room you plan to display it in. Contact a local outlet, such as Cheryl’s Trading Post. One of the first things to consider is the tone of the piece. The best way to determine this is to research what type of message the artist was trying to convey with their creation. For example, take a piece that was designed to symbolize the sadness that the Native Indian community experienced during the Trail of Tears. A piece with such a powerful message would be more appropriately suited for a living room, library or other public room in your home where the piece could be appreciated and discussed. Rooms like the bathroom or bedroom would not be considered a suitable home for a piece of this magnitude. Pay Attention to Placement Exactly where you hang your art is another consideration you want to make.  For this step, you want to consider the room where you plan to hang your artwork. Authentic Native Indian artwork is both rare and highly valuable. You want to hang your pieces in an area where they will be viewable, but not in a high-traffic space where they could easily be damaged. For example, if you plan to hang your pieces over the sofa, make certain you are leaving several inches of space between the base of the frame and the upper part of the sofa. This open area will ensure there is plenty of space for headroom, eliminating the possibility of someone’s head rubbing up against the piece. In addition to avoiding high-traffic areas, you want to choose a spot on the wall that will allow the piece to stand out and serve as the focal point. Avoid hanging your art in spaces where they can easily be overshadowed by light fixtures, window treatments or other things on the wall. The more effort you put into hanging your artwork, the more appreciation you will have for your unique...

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