Meet the artist Denise Henry-Semple in Medora on October 20

MEDORA, ND (NDCHF) – A series of educational events kicks off with a Native American artist at the Center of Western Heritage & Cultures in Medora on October 20.

The Center of Western Heritage & Cultures, the award-winning North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame (NDCHF) museum is launching a series of educational events to increase engagement with the general public.

On October 20, for its first “Meet the Artist” event, the museum welcomes Native American artist Denise Henry-Semple. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Semple is a registered member of the Santee Sioux Nation of Nebraska, belonging to the Eagle Clan, and a direct descendant of Loyal Mdewakanton of Minnesota. She studied art and mass communications at Morningside College.

Semple’s Native American roots and artistic passion influenced his decision to specialize in realistic portraits and depictions of the peoples of great Native American nations. His recent work, “Sakagawea,” an acrylic on canvas commissioned by NDCHF collector and trustee, Dale Myers, will be discussed. Semple’s portraits of Chiefs Sitting Bull, Red Cloud, Two Moons, Gall, Joseph, Rain in the Face and Lame White Man will also be on display.

David Borlaug, former chair of the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial National Council will speak briefly.

Live music will be provided by Allan Demaray, accomplished flautist, singer and storyteller.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations support the educational initiatives of the NDCHF Center of Western Heritage & Cultures in Medora.


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