BLUEMONT VA - White represents plant medicines and has popcorn, peanuts and cotton - all grown by Native Americans first. Have you ever really looked at pop corn closely? For me, it was the hardest thing to paint on this four-directional wine barrel. The fish is walleye and swims in the local rivers.
BIG REVIEW "Big Review" of 32 wine barrels painted by local artists is scheduled for Saturday June 4th 9 AM to 1 PM at the Grand Opening of the Farmers Market located at the Shops at Maple and Main in Purcellville, Va. This four-directional art barrel, by a Lumbee Indian, shows contributions Native American Indians make to the Northern Virginia area. Please if you can stop by and see all the barrels and meet the artists on June 4th. Then, the barrels will be placed at their sponsors location between June 4th - 10th. They will remain at the sponsors location through the fall. Barrels are for auction at The Bush Tabernacle (aka Skating Rink) November 12th 7 PM. Huge event!! And night to remember.
Point of Contact: Michael Oaks Painted Barrel Coordinator, Purcellville EDAC Member
The top or "head" of the barrel where branding goes, has a red, yellow, black and white tree of peace reaching out into the four directions. I got this tree design from my friend Jason Rios who is a Cherokee medicine man. Once this barrel was filled to capacity with wine, now, it carries the weight of as much culture I could paint onto it within this limited time frame. Below are the words carved into the top of the wine barrel. FULL STORY.
Listen See Feel Keep Things Sacred Silence between the beats Vibration In a Mirror Four Directions Red Yellow Black White All Precious in His Sight Reflection Yet More Native American Indian Contributions Loudoun County and Beyond Foods Pharmacopeia Ecology Names Sanctuary of Peace Cultural Rescue Symbolism Mirrors Release Light from Within Just Be See James 1 See 1 Corinthians 13 Just Do And now these three remain: faith, hope and love The greatest is love Love Your Neighbor as if They were Yourself Listen to Heart Awaken to Being Part of CommUNITY We are All Related Awaken.
By Native American Church of Virginia Sanctuary on the Trail™ Rene’ Locklear White (Feather) 2016 Lumbee Indian
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On the black side I stained it a dark walnut color and painted black walnut trees, nuts, stone tools, black berries, mulberries, poke-weed, walleye fish and butterflies. Walnut trees are the last to get leaves and first to lose their leaves. Their leaves are yellow just before they fall. This is part of a red, yellow, black and white four-directional wine barrel I am working on for the Loudoun County wine barrel challenge. The design is a Native American medicine wheel shape representing: east, south, west and north with things Native American Indians first grew and contributed to this area and the world. The black side of the wine barrel represents the West and "introspection/death." One of my mother's favorite foods is black walnuts. She can no longer eat solid food. She has dementia and is slowing entering into the West. I believe in death there exists the possibility I will see my mom there one day, and my father and brother. I was always taught, if you share a butterfly with someone, it means you want to spend eternity with that person. This side of the barrel has lots of butterflies representing hope for eternal life for us all with our loved ones.
With red berries and tomatoes complete, on the yellow side are corn, sun chokes, sunflower seed, squash, beans and melons etc - all grown by Native American Indians first. Near the bottom I painted a Sun Perch fish. I love painting fish! These perch swim in our local rivers and lakes here. Years ago, Indians used fishing weirs (rock formations) to capture fish like these at single points in the river.
Painting the bottom of a wine barrel is hard to get at. I ended up putting it on a table so I could sit in a chair and work on it.
Sometimes I have to paint at night. This barrel is too large to come through my front door. But we figured a way to get it in the house so I can work at nights.
On the barrel’s upper and lower "staves" I painted local words like, Sycolin Creek, Wankopion Branch, Hunger Run, Conoy Island, Seneca Falls, Rappahannock River, Catoctin Mountain River, Massanutten and Shenandoah – names Native American Indians used to describe what is now our streets, schools and homes.
Painting corn makes me think of family and home.
Painting sunflowers is relaxing. You should try it.
My husband suggested the sun perch. To the top right you can see the sun chokes These are great roots to cook for diabetics. Sun chokes have yellow flowers.
I don't have much time, so I have to paint everything directly on the barrel. No time to draw it out. From the beginning it was clear to me I was supposed to create a red, yellow, black and white four-directional design for this art challenge. It is a popular Native American Indian medicine wheel shape representing: east, south, west and north. The original title was, "Sights and Sounds Indians Gave Loudoun County," an accurate historical reflection of local contributions by Native American ancestors. But how can I leave out my own Clarke County? There are no lines on the ground that separate our counties no more than there are lines that separate us in humanity.
GETTING STARTED The first paint is for red tomatoes. I think most people think of Italian food when they think of tomatoes, not that Indians grew them first. Actually, some say Indigenous peoples of the Americas contributed 62% percent of all food that the entire world eats today. On the front of the wine barrel I painted red raspberries. The front is where the plug or "bung hole," still wafts of fermented wine from Maggie Malick Wine Caves in Purcellville. Berries make good wine; and Indians contributed all kinds of berries. This marks the East where the sun rises beginning this visual 360 ecological and historical tour. More later ...
"LISTEN" wine barrel art by Rene' Locklear White (Feather) May 2016
It is hard to keep a wine barrel from rolling when you are trying to paint on it
Rene' Locklear White
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