Ken Morsette (White Feather), an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy, shares new acrylic works that primarily reflect Native American and wildlife themes Feb. 1-May 1 at Four Winds Gallery in the Emerson Center in Bozeman. An opening reception is slated for 5-8 p.m. Feb. 13.
The artist, whose father was a criminal investigator for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 25 years, was raised on reservations throughout Montana, North and South Dakota. “I feel the exposure to different tribes when I was younger broadened my mind and is reflected in my art,” writes Morsette.
An Army veteran, Morsette has had works shown and sold in Holland, Germany and the northwest United States. In addition to having pieces on permanent display in the Charlie Russell Manor in Great Falls, the Capitol in Helena and The University of Montana in Missoula, Morsette was also selected to provide the cover art for the American Indian Council Powwow program at Montana State University in 2003, and was also selected to participate in the C.M. Russell art week and auction that same spring.
Morsette writes, “I try to capture my inner feeling as an indigenous American through the creations of my art. My heart goes into every piece and comes out at my fingertips, a gift from the Creator. I feel very blessed that God has gifted me with this talent and the opportunities to share it with others.”