“Indian Paint Summer” will feature of longtime local Crow artist, Leland W. Stewart. As an enrolled member of the Crow Nation, Whistling Water Clan and member of The High Hawk Society, Stewart is still telling stories to capture the blending of cultures during his time on this earth.
Leland has always had a foot in two worlds. He is a 1975 graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico, but he was painting before he went to college, since he was in high school at Saint Labre Indian Mission. Once in college, he started experimenting with other mediums such as photography, ceramics and pottery. His time as an artist telling Indian stories has been interrupted by time spent fighting fires on a Hot Shot team, working as a chef and giving back in the community working at the Billings Food Bank. Creatively, he has crossed paths with famed painters Earl Biss and Kevin Red Star sharing stories, designs and methods.
But Leland always returned to capturing his memories in watercolor. He found it to be the most challenging medium to master. He still works today on a process to further the control he would has over watercolor that support his compositions.
The watercolor works of Leland W. Stewart will be available online at 12:00 noon on August 2nd, 2018. A private reception will be held on August 2nd and works will be on public display starting at 5:00 p.m. on August 3rd.