The 11th Annual Art Exhibition at Sharkey’s Top Filling Station (1st Floor), Gweedore Road, Dungloe was opened on Saturday last by Waylon Gary White Deer, a member of the Choctaw Indian Nation.
Mr. White Deer is an internationally acclaimed Choctaw painter and author now based in Cashelnagore, Gortahork, Donegal.
Mr. White Deer performed an “Honour Song” prior to opening the Exhibition and indeed he said ” He felt a good spirit at the event”.
Waylon is the author of “Touched by Thunder” published by Curragh Press, Dublin, and Left Coast Press, USA. His solo painting venues include the American Embassy, in Dublin, and his latest painting commission, purchased by the Donegal County Council, was installed in O’Donnell Castle, Donegal, last month.
Waylon is also featured in an Errigal Arts Festival music venue with renowned Sean Nos singer Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhride.
The Choctaw Nation raised $117 dollars to send to Ireland during the famine to help with the relief effort. This was at a time when the Choctaw Nation was experiencing its own difficulties and turmoil and to quote Mr. White Deer.
“Their is a special bond between our two nations”, said Waylon.
His own tribe had lost thousands of people when it was banished from Mississippi to Oklahoma in 1831 in what became known as the “Trial of Tears”.
Mr. White Deer was quized by Joey Doherty and Dillon O’ Donnell (both aged 7) if he knew “Tonto” and the “Lone Ranger” .
The following Artists are exhibiting at the Exhibition;
Peter Healy, Liz Doyle, Eilise O’ Hart, Martin Dorgan, Gay O’ Toole, Mary Ellen Bonner, Heidi Nungen, Michelle Doherty, Kate Gallagher, Mary Mc Ginty, Waylon Gary White Deer, Kim Sharkey, Ros Sharkey, Ian Gordon, Deborah Melly, Jago Moulton, Lee Hunter, Cornelius Browne, Leo Bonner, Mary Celine Boyle, Cathy Melly, Eamon Hyde, Anne Davey, Shiela Ohlmyer, and Helga Letschert.
The Art Exhibition runs from Saturday 25th July to Sunday 2nd August 2015, 11am to 5pam daily.