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Sale offers glimpse into variety of Seminole art

Wilson Bowers (left) presents his artwork on display alongside Krystle Bowers at the Seminole Artist Experience Art Sale on July 15 at the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. (Photo Calvin Tiger)

BIG CYPRESS — The Seminole Artist Experience Art Sale was a sight to behold July 15 as several tribal artists displayed their art at the Ah-Tah-Thi-ki Museum on the Big Cypress Reservation.

In addition to the art, handmade crafts were for sale. Artists Elgin Jumper and Krystle Bowers read their original poetry. Artists Eyanna Lee Billie, Alyssa Osceola, Wilson Bowers and Tyler Tigertail also showcased their art for sale.

The artists showcased their personal artistic styles through their work.

Tigertail showed multiple art pieces along with several hand-carved woodwork items. He has been an artist since age 16 and works primarily in painting and carving.

“The woodwork, my family used to do it, it is a generational thing. My grandfather, Little Tigertail, he was a woodcarver so he used to do it, so it’s kind of in my family. So you know, I’m trying to keep it going,” Tigertail said.

Tigertail said the tribal axes hold a great amount of personal and cultural value to him and help bring him awareness of the Seminole Wars.

Billie showed her art that is inspired by Japanese comic styles. Billie and her parents shared an interest in comics.

“My mom was into Manga, which is Japanese comics, and my dad was always into Marvel and DC. So I grew up with two completely different art styles,” she said.

Billie attends the Savannah School of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. She would also like to study in Japan at some point.

Wilson Bowers has been drawing since he was in elementary school. He uses tribal patchwork design in his artwork as well as spray painting on many surfaces, including skateboards.

“I like to see it done differently,” he said about his own artistic style and approach.

Jumper was another artist that read poetry from Shakespeare while also painting on a canvas in-between. He has been a full time artist since 2004 and draws his artistic inspiration from his various outlets.

“I look at a lot of different art, different styles,” Jumper said.

He is a big fan of art history and gets inspiration from art that moves him, which gives him the artistic push to paint in a specific style. Jumper is also a published poet.

Osceola focuses on painting live people and bringing the artwork to life. She also had many different tribal inspired art pieces on display.

The next Seminole Artist Experience Art Sale is scheduled to be held Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seminole Okalee Indian Village and Museum in Hollywood.

Eyanna Billie’s art on display. (Photo Calvin Tiger)
Alyssa Osceola works on one of her canvases. (Photo Calvin Tiger)
Elgin Jumper works on a painting while museum director Gordon “Ollie” Wareham plays the flute during the event. (Photo Calvin Tiger)
Tyler Tigertail, left, displays his tribal woodcarving crafts for sale. (Photo Calvin Tiger)
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Calvin Tiger is an intern/reporter for the Seminole Tribune. He has worked with the Seminole Tribe of Florida since 2013. He has a passion for automotive journalism. Send him an email at calvintiger@semtribe.com or call him at (954) 985-5701, ext. 10739.
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