Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) supports the local/regional art community via its North Stars Art Series, with rotating exhibits at several area DNCU branches. Its latest collaboration with The Institute of American Indian Art (IAIA) exemplifies the program’s objective—to present DNCU members with an aesthetic viewpoint while offering artists an opportunity to reach potential patrons. The exhibit showcases the artwork of students Del Curfman and George Alexander II—gifted artists who embody the artistic expression fostered by IAIA.
“DNCU members have really enjoyed the artistic narratives presented by the participating artists in our North Star Artists program, and I anticipate the IAIA exhibit will be no exception,” DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti said. “It’s quite astonishing to see such strength of vision and talent in artists of such a young relative age.”
Curfman is a registered member of the Crow Nation of Montana and says his works stems from his fascination with color, form, and composition as well as the human condition. “Recently this passion has spread to all creatures of the world, and wildlife is now presenting itself in my work,” he said. He hopes to one day pursue a career in arts education.
Alexander is a Muscogee artist, hailing from Oklahoma, who has always felt inspired by his Native heritage. “It’s important to juxtapose iconic native imagery with my own experience and use symbolism that speaks to my generation,” he said. He seeks to push the boundaries of what is considered Contemporary Native Art.
The Emerging Artists show will run through the summer and pieces are available for purchase—100 percent of the proceeds go directly to each artist.