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Custer artists in Stampede art show

Carrie Moore
Published: Thursday, May 24th, 2012

hree Custer artists will have pieces showcased throughout town during the eighth annual Custer Stampede art show. The art auction showcases 23 pieces in three categories, life-sized, tabletop and free form.  
Artist Peg Freitag marks her fourth year with artwork in the Stampede and will have a piece in the freeform category. Her submission this year is a double feather framing titled “Brother Sun Sister Moon.”
The vision for this piece began with the title.  She awoke early one morning with four words running across her mind, and so evolved on the sketch pad. “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.”
In her artist biography, Freitag said the sun and the sky illuminating the buffalo relates to the power of the natural elements; translating to the buffalo, the provider of life itself for the Native people.
“The moon joins the “medicine horse” on the 2nd feather; reflecting more the quiet, steadfast dependence on the horse in the exploration and development of our nation. For the Lakota people the horse was a transforming gift from the Great Spirit.”
Freitag paints scenes on simulated immature Golden Eagle feathers and frames the painted feather in a custom hardwood frame. 
The feathers are embellished with genuine buffalo wool, buckskin, handmade beaded medicine bags, natural horsehair, porcupine quill or other various natural materials.
“I use whatever fits my vision and complements the entire framing,” Freitag said. “I like to do simple designs that really speak. There has always been something about feathers for me.”
Freitag is a self-taught artist with no formal training. She has been painting feathers for 16 years and her work is available at A Walk In the Woods Gallery in Custer. Her work has also been accepted in many juried shows and is in private collections throughout the U.S., England and Germany. Freitag was a resident manager on a ranch near Crawford, Neb., before moving to Custer in 2006.

Three Custer artists will have pieces showcased throughout town during the eighth annual Custer Stampede art show. The art auction showcases 23 pieces in three categories, life-sized, tabletop and free form.  

Artist Peg Freitag marks her fourth year with artwork in the Stampede and will have a piece in the freeform category. Her submission this year is a double feather framing titled “Brother Sun Sister Moon.”

The vision for this piece began with the title.  She awoke early one morning with four words running across her mind, and so evolved on the sketch pad. “Brother Sun, Sister Moon.”

In her artist biography, Freitag said the sun and the sky illuminating the buffalo relates to the power of the natural elements; translating to the buffalo, the provider of life itself for the Native people.

“The moon joins the “medicine horse” on the 2nd feather; reflecting more the quiet, steadfast dependence on the horse in the exploration and development of our nation. For the Lakota people the horse was a transforming gift from the Great Spirit.”

Freitag paints scenes on simulated immature Golden Eagle feathers and frames the painted feather in a custom hardwood frame. 

The feathers are embellished with genuine buffalo wool, buckskin, handmade beaded medicine bags, natural horsehair, porcupine quill or other various natural materials.

“I use whatever fits my vision and complements the entire framing,” Freitag said. “I like to do simple designs that really speak. There has always been something about feathers for me.”

Freitag is a self-taught artist with no formal training. She has been painting feathers for 16 years and her work is available at A Walk In the Woods Gallery in Custer. Her work has also been accepted in many juried shows and is in private collections throughout the U.S., England and Germany. Freitag was a resident manager on a ranch near Crawford, Neb., before moving to Custer in 2006.

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