Coffee @ 10: Artist Talk with Bead Artist Stella Kay

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    CTAC Theater
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    Free and open to the public.

    Join Odawa bead artist Stella Kay for a conversation about her artwork. 

    This event is taking place in person in Crooked Tree Art Center-Petoskey's theatre, but we will be sharing it online as well.

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    Boozhoo (hello)! I am Stella Kay, the third white feather daughter. I grew up in Northern Michigan, left home to attend college and eventually ended up in Ohio. While in Ohio, my husband and I raised our family of four wonderful children. About ten years ago, I decided it was time to move back to "home." Since then I have become increasingly involved with the tribe and am currently serving my second term as Tribal Vice-Chairwoman for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. I never considered myself very artsy despite my coming from a family chockfull of creative people. Unlike my sisters, my creativity kind of snuck up on me. My sister Regina pushed me into various creative outlets, such as sewing, quilting, and knitting, but none of it really stuck. Beadwork was something my mom loved to do in her later years and she thought I would enjoy the medium. I began to "dabble" with beadwork but wasn't particularly inspired until after mom "walked on." My mother's passing hit me hard and to work through my grief, I decided to dive into the world of beading. In the end, mom helped me to unlock my creativity as well as find a connection to my Native American roots. I love the challenge of creating my bead "pictures." I find it very soothing and healing when I bead. Whenever I am troubled or trying to solve a perplexing problem, I pull the beads out and the answers seem to just flow through my consciousness. It was mom's last gift to me.

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