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Jessica Osceola, Velma Kee Craig to appear Feb. 25 in virtual event for Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete

Seminole artist Jessica Osceola will appear with Diné artist Velma Kee Craig in a virtual event Feb. 25 sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts St. Pete.

“Common Thread: A Conversation Between Artists Velma Kee Craig and Jessica Osceola” will be live from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Osceola, a ceramist, sculptor and multimedia artist, and Craig, a textile artist, will discuss how their respective traditions influence and inspire their artwork while incorporating contemporary materials and responding to current trends.

Raised in her grandmother’s village in Naples, Osceola integrates traditional Seminole themes into her art. Some of her sculptures are included in the group exhibition currently touring the U.S., “Return from Exile: Contemporary Southeastern Indian Art,” and she is a contributing author in “We Will Always Be Here: Native Peoples on Living and Thriving in the South.”

Craig, who lives in Mesa, Arizona, is a textile artist, poet, writer of short screenplays and a teaching artist. A recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship with the Heard Museum, she teaches Diné weaving workshops at the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Indian Center, the Sacred Youth Foundation and local schools. One of Craig’s weavings, “Bar Code/QR code,” is on display in MFA St. Pete’s current exhibition “Color Riot! How Color Changed Navajo Textiles.”

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Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at