Ma’s House presents a solo exhibition by February resident Shinnecock artist Denise Silva-Dennis, curated by Brianna Hernández. “In Beauty It Has Blossomed“ will run through March 1. The exhibition will feature works spanning the artist’s career.
An opening reception will be held on Saturday, February 12, from 5 to 7 PM. Visitors can meet the artist now through February 15, with visits by appointment.
A multi-disciplinary artist and educator based in the Shinnecock Nation, Denise “Weetahmoe” Silva-Dennis (Shinnecock/Hassanamisco-Nipmuc) is a retired Southampton Elementary art school teacher.
As an artist she works primarily in acrylic for her figurative paintings. Professional achievements include paintings selected for the exhibit “In Beauty It Has Begun…” which was sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Smithsonian Institute. She has also won the Parrish Art Museum’s Judge’s Award in the painting category.
Silva-Dennis is an accomplished beadwork craftswoman. The style of beadwork she uses is traditional Eastern Woodland, handed down to her from her mother and elder women of Shinnecock and Hassanamisco-Nipmuc Nations. Her work includes mandala necklace and earring sets, walking sticks, and beaded medicine fans, cradleboards, moccasins, and crowns.
The artist’s beadwork pieces and paintings have been displayed at art galleries, museums, schools, libraries, and colleges throughout New York.