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Watercolor Workshop with Michael Chiago

Wednesday, December 16, 10 AM–4 PM

A Tohono O’odham/Pima-Maricopa watercolor artist and illustrator, Michael Chiago was born in the Kohatk Village on the Tohono O’odham reservation. He has been painting for over 40 years. While his original work captures the ceremonies and daily tasks he knew while growing up in the desert area of southern Arizona, Michael prides himself on developing his art around his surviving contemporary culture. His art works to preserve and share his heritage with others who have not authentically experienced his traditions. His promise is to honor the lifestyles of the members of the Tohono O’odham tribe, a vibrant and thriving culture.

Using a vibrant pallet of colors, he might show women making bread to be baked in an outside oven, or an approaching thunderstorm. As a self-taught artist, Michael Chiago is one of the few American Indian artists to gain international recognition. His life’s experiences–traditional tribal upbringing, a U.S. Marine tour of Vietnam, a return to the Southwest in the '70s–has earned Michael a unique worldview, one which he interprets and shares with the world in brilliant and moving watercolor.

Michael Chiago is a Tohono O’odham/Pima-Maricopa watercolor artist and illustrator. His original work captures the ceremonies and daily tasks he knew while growing up in the desert of southern Arizona. In this hands-on workshop Michael will share tips and techniques for working in this colorful medium. Come share in an artist’s passion and heritage.

$120 for members/$140 for nonmembers. Price includes lunch and all materials. Limited to 12 students. Tickets must be prepaid and are nonrefundable. To register call 520-622-6014.

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