Native American exhibit opens Saturday at MSV

"Fall," part of a four-pieces series called "Four Seasons" by Wendy Red Star, is on display at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley as part of a traveling exhibit that opens Saturday. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Aldine S. Hartman Endowment Fund Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

WINCHESTER – The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley’s newest exhibit, “Hear My Voice: Native American Art of the Past and Present,” opens  Saturday.

The exhibit, which explores Native American artists and their art, was organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is making its first stop at MSV on a statewide tour. It will be on display there through July 22.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the museum is celebrating the exhibit’s opening with a free-admission community day that includes guided exhibition tours; traditional Native American dancing, singing, and drumming; basketry and craft demonstrations; and a yarn-weaving family activity. Native cuisine from Wampanoag chef Sherry Pocknett will be on site providing various native foods including smoked salmon, Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and sassafras tea. Prices vary.

Dana Hand Evans, museum executive director, noted in a news release that “Hear My Voice” is the first Native American-themed exhibition to be presented at the museum.

The exhibit features 54 works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as well as from other institutions and individuals.  It is divided into three themes: artist and nature, artist and community, and artist and outsider.  The exhibit spans from 400 A.D. to the late 19th century, and includes contemporary works by Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick and Passamaquoddy basket maker Jeremy Frey.

The museum will host an opening reception at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Register in advance for the reception at www.theMSV.org/HearMyVoice or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Tickets for the reception, which includes admission to the exhibition and refreshments, is free to MSV members and $20 for all others.