Dec 27th, 2007
Two artists have joined ArtNatAm: Jarrod Da, from the San Ildefonso Pueblo and Troy Roberts, from the Weiwakum band, Campbell River, BC, Canada.
June 15th, 2007
Phillip John Charette is of French Canadian and Native Alaskan descent and ArtNatAm's newest member. He makes mask sculptures, his work being exhibited by many museums across North-America. Phillip is from Alaska's Yup'ik tribe and his Yup'ik name is "Aarnaquq" (The One Who Is Dangerous!). Come and see Phillip John Charette's mask sculptures.
March 23th, 2007
Ten new prints were added to Dana Tiger's webspace on ArtNatAm. Dana's new art consists of a solid mainstream style with a strong Native American feel and symbolism. One of my favorites is In Balance, for it's (deceptively) simple and effective design, the grand, cosmic feel that is unique to Native American art and the animals and symbols of nature that are present in almost every Dana Tiger painting.
Jan 12th, 2007
ArtNatam welcomes Native Canadian artists! I'm assuming the American and Canadian native cultures to be essentially one, so I thought it appropriate to add a First Nations section to ArtNatAm. In terminology, First Nations is the Canadian equivalent of Native American and it's the search term that most people use when they look for Native Canadians on search engines (instead of looking for the "Native Canadians" phrase, which is less common). It's ArtNatAm's goal to maximimize exposure of Native American art and therefore I tend to use the terminology that is suggested by Search Engine Optimization considerations. What this means is that fewer people would find ArtNatAm.com on search engines if I used phrases like Native Canadian instead of First Nations. All this is debatable, of course.
ArtNatAm's First Nations section begins with Darren Joseph of the Squamish Tribe, Vancouver.
Dec 14th, 2006
ArtNatAm now has a Native American art forum. It consists of two sections: an Native American art section and a section about Native Americans in general. The forum was created to get ArtNatAm's visitors directly involved with the site. I often get emails from Native Americans concerning Native American art, as well general Native American matters, and I welcome those emails and reply to every one of them (except appraissals). However, by means of the forum I hope to be able to draw upon the expertise of it's visitors in order to get answers to questions.
Oct 11th, 2006
Question: What's New?
Answer: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
After 11 years of faithful duty, John Kostura found that he was no longer able to combine his professional obligations with his ArtNatAm.com webmastership. When John asked me to succeed him, I needed no time to think.
I'm Marten Jansen, artist and web developer. I had been advertising on ArtNatAm for over a year (on behalf of my website http://paintings.name), when John gave me the chance to become the new webmaster of this great site. What John and I have in common is our love of art and computers....and of the Native American culture. There is one obvious difference, though. While John grew up with Native American friends and their culture, my knowledge of Native America has come to me through the mass media. I know I have a lot to learn, and you, the Native American, must be my teacher.
The Question and Answer game above refers to my intention to follow in John's footsteps, instead of revolutionizing the site. I did update the design, but I intend to leave the site's basic concepts intact:
As before, ArtNatAm's primary goal will be the promotion of the work of Native American artists
ArtNatAm's membership will be free of charge, but only quality art will be accepted
A majority of ArtNatAm's present artists will have to agree on new additions
ArtNatAm.com was the first Native American fine art site in 1995. When I asked John how he felt about inviting Native American craftsmen, not just fine artists, and whether or not it was his conscious decision to include only fine artists, he said:
It was a conscious decision. When ever someone heard the term Indian art or Native American art, they used to refer to it as "gas station art." The trinkets, bowls and carvings typically found in gas stations in the western United States. Therefore Native American fine artists always fought an uphill battle getting there art accepted by the art community.
And so, Native American craftsmen and women are invited to join ArtNatAm, as well as fine artists. Please email me if you're interested.
ArtNatAm was the first Native American Fine Art site on the Internet. Now there are many and I think it helped to encourage a lot of artists to come out.
Baskets, jewelry, pottery and beading are also an important part of Native American art. I see absolutely no reason not to include those artists and their work. Especially now, since ArtNatAm's goal has been achieved.