CRESTONE — Local artist SD Youngwolf’s works will be on display at the Shumei Gallery in Crestone for the months of November and December. A symposium with SD will be held on Sunday, November 19th starting at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. His show will include a wide range of work as well as gift items.
SD Youngwolf is an artist, storyteller and teacher, and is the product of a long line of war chiefs, moonshiners and pioneer preachers. He grew up in and around the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee, and is a Cherokee tribal member as well as a hillbilly. He also claims a Scottish, French, and Celtic heritage that goes back to the nobility of the Middle Ages.
Although SD never knew or knew of any artists in his family or community, his art was always a private refuge, a place of magic and joy. Although SD went to art school and got a degree, he considers academic study to have had little significant influence on his art. Some of SD’s greatest inspirations in life and art have been spirituality and Indigenous culture. He has explored spirituality in many ways and forms and had many teachers, both Eastern — Buddhist and Hindu — as well as Indigenous, in the practice of Native American medicine ways. SD has traveled the world and spent time with various tribal groups on several continents. He believes that the basic values cherished by Native people represent the greatest hope for humanity and the world. All these influences inform the spirit of SD’s art. He has shown widely and received many awards, especially at Native American art shows, across the country. Presently he enjoys creating art, storytelling, and pondering the mysteries of life and enlightenment in the Colorado Rockies.
Come meet SD Youngwolf and learn more about his work on Sunday, Nov. 19th from 3-5 p.m. This event is free to the public. Please visit www.shumeicrestone.org or call 256-5284 for more information. The Shumei gallery is open every day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Caption: SD Youngwolf will have a wide variety of work in the Shumei Gallery in Crestone for the months of November and December. Courtesy photo