Rapid City, SD | Local quilter Bonnie LeBeau received the People’s Choice award at the Native POP: People of the Plains art market and cultural celebration, which began its fifth year Friday evening, July 14, with an awards presentation and artist reception at the Dahl Arts Center.
Through the Four Bands Community Fund, and with training for artists in business through First People’s Fund, LeBeau learned to profit from her talents in quilt making and has created her own quilting business, Bonnie LeBeaux Quilts.
“Quilting is my passion,” LeBeau said, “I learned to sew watching my mom, Cynthia, and my grandmother, Marcella, growing up.”
LeBeau started quilting with her grandmother, and then ventured on her own in 2008. She has been quilting for 18 years.
“I like teaching and inspiring others so that they can create their own projects,” LeBeau said.
LeBeau was just one of over 50 artists working in a diverse range of mediums at the Native POP event.
The Native POP organizing committee appointed a select panel of experts to recognize achievement in four major art categories: Two Dimensional, Three Dimensional, Adornment, and Emerging.
Other prizes were given for Innovation, People’s Choice and a Special Publicity award with $17,000 in total award money.
Juried artists submitted their original art for judging on Friday, July 14 by noon.
This year Best of Show and Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice Award went to Angela Babby (Oglala Lakota) for Love Trumps Hate, an enameled art glass mosaic. The piece depicts a native child adorned with beadwork holding her dog.
Keith BraveHeart (Oglala Lakota) won the Publicity award for his painting titled Kolas.
Visitors voted in the competition during the market on Saturday. Except for People’s Choice award, winners were selected by a panel of judges that included Masayuki Nagase, Dixie Thompson, and Marty Two Bulls Jr.
“Native creativity is expressed in many ways, and Native POP strives to be a platform to lift up and highlight all the different forms it takes. Additionally, we are seeing progress in creating an opportunity for a growth in learning about Native cultures through arts and culture. This year the participating artists brought their best work that not only raised the bar but showed that they could compete in national or international art markets,”
said Peter Strong, chair of Native POP’s organizing committee.
Native POP is first and foremost a juried fine art show featuring established and emerging Native American artists, but as a cultural celebration, the event also featured performances throughout the day, cultural demonstrations, a film showcase, and a fashion show.
The film showcase and fashion show returned for a second year. This year there were also three food trucks, Eddie’s Tacos RC, Tatanka Trail Burgers and More, and Sergeant Poppers Kettle Korn and Lemonade.
Native POP closed the celebration Saturday at Main Street Square with a free evening concert featuring Sons of Sans Arc and Miracle Dolls.
2017 AWARD WINNERS
Best of Show: Angela Babby, Love Trumps Hate
; Best of Division I, Adornment: Jhon Goes In Center, Lakota Parade Bridle;
Best of Division II, Two Dimensional: Keith BraveHeart, Wade Patton, Marlena Myles, Yamni
; Best of Division III, Three Dimensional: Brian Szabo, Wicapi Pte (Star Buffalo)
; Best of Emerging: Tasha Abourezk, Made in honor of First Peoples Fund because they believed in me;
Innovation Award: Tasha Abourezk, Made in honor of First Peoples Fund because they believed in me
; Publicity Award: Keith BraveHeart, Kolas
; Native American Art Magazine Editor’s Choice Award: Angela Babby, Love Trumps Hate
; Special Award—Division I, Adornment:
Emil Her Many Horses, Floral Beaded Boots
; Brian Szabo, Bison Skull Comb
; Jhon Goes In Center, Makoce Nagi (Homeland Spirit);
Nelda Schrupp, Urban Rez Girl Necklace
; Molina Parker, Flight
Special Award—Division II, Two Dimensional:
Micheal Two Bulls, Lakota Landscape
; Roger Broer, Yuipi
; Wade Patton, Prairie Fire
; Keith BraveHeart, Kolas
; Micheal Two Bulls, Historical Document
; Special Award—Division III, Three Dimensional:
Jim Yellowhawk, The Great Race Among the 2 Legged and 4 Legged Around the Sapa
; Evans Flammond, Sr., Good Hearts
; Nelda Schrupp, Iktomys Teething Ring
; Fredrick Clarin, Bound for Glory
; Donald F. Montileaux, Seven Sisters
Terran J. Kipp Last Gun, Nature & Napi (Unconquered Beinge)
; Terran J. Kipp Last Gun, Sun, Moon, Morning Star
; Mikayla Patton, That One Buffalo
People’s Choice: Bonnie LeBeau.