Artist Talk: Speaking in Beads with Jenny Shuman

Artist Talk: Speaking in Beads with Jenny Shuman
Saturday February 17 2024 — 1:00 pm

Artist Talk: Speaking in Beads with Jenny Shuman

Speaking in Beads with Jenny Shuman is a one-off special artist talk at Don Dexter Gallery with Indigenous artist Jenny Shuman in which she discusses her sublime and intricate beadworks and invites the community to learn more about her fascinating collection of beaded custom guitar straps worn by musicians such as Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Betts, Anders Osborne, Michael Franti, and more.

The discussion includes her origins at Pow Wows, the nature of her beading education, and the foundation of the artist she is. Shuman will endeavor to transport you into her world of imagination and inspiration as you dive into the creative process she experiences with her clients, including some of the famous musicians she has worked with. She will incorporate her book, Speaking In Beads: Living Artifacts, a photographic documentary of the highly esteemed musicians, historic instruments, and pieces from the heart that she has had the honor and privilege of creating in her talk.

Discover how her work comes to life with a spiritual connection, starting from concept, to design, to technical skills, to completion. Join Don Dexter Gallery and Indigenous artist Jenny Shuman for her heartfelt stories that will conjure laughter, as well as tears.

Additional Notes

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is NOT required.

This event is held in a second-floor space, with elevator access from the main floor (2911 Tennsyon Ave #202 Eugene OR 97408)

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Biography

Bead artist Jenny Shuman is best known for creating the custom guitar straps worn by musicians such as Bob Weir, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Betts, Anders Osborne, Michael Franti, and many more. She has worked closely with private collectors as well as members of the Grateful Guitars Foundation to create straps for historic instruments, including Jerry Garcia’s Wolf and Alligator guitars, No Fun, and Mission Control, all of which are significant to the Grateful Dead and luthier community. Her career started at a young age when Shuman toured the Pow Wow trail, selling her beadwork. During these years, she learned so much more than the skill set of beading; from the elders, she learned the spiritual nature of her craft and how to create from the heart.

As her beading career expanded, so did her fluency with design work. Her artwork made its stage debut when Chandler Kinchla of Blues Traveler performed with his first of four straps, which he still wears! Then Oteil Burbridge came into her life and began wearing her work on stage in front of tens of thousands of Grateful Dead fans. With the acclaim her works received, she was encouraged to document her art in a book. Speaking In Beads: Living Artifacts by Jenny Shuman is a photographic catalog of her work through the lens of well-known photographers like Bob Minkin, Jay Blakesberg, and Rosie McGee. She eloquently wrote about her origins, techniques, and the creative process to bring each piece to life. Every intricately designed talisman speaks for the recipient with strength, beauty, and spirit based on the stories, experiences, and self-perceptions so our imaginations can dance freely in the ethereal plane. This gorgeous art book takes one on a journey into her world of creation, inspiration, and accomplishment as she Speaks In Beads. Every intricately designed talisman speaks for the recipient with strength, beauty, and spirit based on the stories, experiences, and self-perceptions so our imaginations can dance freely in the ethereal plane. This gorgeous art book takes one on a journey into her world of creation, inspiration, and accomplishment as she Speaks In Beads.

Speaking In Beads: Living Artifacts by Jenny Shuman
Speaking In Beads: Living Artifacts by Jenny Shuman
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