ST. GEORGE — Brittanni Wero, a weaver, seamstress and member of the Paiute Indian tribe, is the third Thursday Art Conversation presenter at the St. George Art Museum on Thursday, Oct. 15. Beginning at 7 p.m., Wero will discuss cradle boards and other native crafts drawn from her background, native heritage and culture as the motivation for her creation of art.
“Even though I now live in a white world, when I sew or weave I look to the sky, the stars, the mountains for my inspiration,” Wero said, “but it’s hard work to find natural fibers and colors, which is why our native skills are being lost. Even the elders who have been my teachers are leaving me one at a time.”
A former park ranger at Pipe Spring National Monument, Wero took the opportunity to learn more about her heritage and culture as she demonstrated Paiute crafts. Through her own studies and interaction with visitors to Pipe Spring she gained a better understanding of who the Paiute people are and what skills they have contributed to the world.
Although she was never taught the language, growing up on the Kaibab Paiute Indian reservation near Kanab, Wero was immersed in the culture where she “watched, listened and learned from my grandmother Lucille Jake, who did her best to instill Paiute ways in my upbringing, but I have always been sorry I did not learn her language.”
Art Conversations at the St. George Art Museum are regularly scheduled adult gatherings of art lovers interested in more information about artists on display, collectors or topics relating to shows at the museum. Art conversations are free-of-charge.
The St. George Art Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 47 E. 200 North. According to the museum’s mission statement, the city-owned and operated facility exists “to educate … through quality exhibitions from all periods, cultures and media … and to collect, conserve, inventory, exhibit and interpret art and artifacts from Utah and the West.”
For more information about this and other scheduled Art Conversations during the current “Twisted, Woven, Spun and Wrapped” showing of fiber art which runs through December 31, call 435-627-4525.