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Sun, Jun 25


Saranac Lake

Indigenous Reflection by Dave Fadden

FREE, all ages welcome! Sponsored by Adirondack Diversity Initiative Gallery Opening: May 5th from 5pm to 7pm Gallery Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 2pm to 6pm, other days by appointment. Closing and Artist Conversation: June 25th from 5pm-7pm.

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Indigenous Reflection by Dave Fadden
Indigenous Reflection by Dave Fadden

Time & Location

Jun 25, 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Saranac Lake, 24 Cedar St, Saranac Lake, NY 12983, USA


About the event

Sponsored by: Adirondack Diversity Initiative

David Fadden was born to John and Eva Fadden in Lake Placid, NY and grew up in the tiny Adirondack Mountain community of Onchiota. In his youth, he grew up surrounded by the wild beauty of the region, by his grandparents Ray and Christine Fadden’s teachings and stories, and by his parents’ creative example and encouragement. Eva Fadden expressed through wood sculpture and John, a retired art teacher, is a painter and prolific illustrator.

With strong ties to both Akwesasne and Onchiota, David has established a solid reputation as a painter, but he is also recognized as a storyteller, illustrator, writer, and sculptor. An admirer of the Dutch and Renaissance painters David finds inspiration in the old masters’ eloquent and seemingly effortless use of light. His subjects range from traditional Haudenosaunee teachings to intimate and inspired portrayals of community members. Work-

ing primarily in acrylics, he often combines fine brushwork with palette knife applications to produce luminous interpretations of Haudenosaunee youth and elders.

David also developed a mosaic-like technique that captures the complexity and dynamic vitality of contemporary indigenous identity. This expressive technique remains a distinguishing feature in some of his most popular works. Another recent direction explores a sort of reverse appropriation, with iconic works by Rembrandt, GrantWood, and others re-interpreted and given uniquely Haudenosaunee treatment such as Girl with a Wampum

Earring and Onkwehonwe Gothic. 

David has exhibited his work throughout the northeast and has received numerous commissions for illustration. Additionally, he is a sought-after storyteller, known for his gentle and captivating oration. He was recently invited to re-imagine a living wetland exhibit at the Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY) from a Haudenosaunee perspective. The new interpretation features the Thanksgiving Address and features painting and audio story elements. He

is currently involved in redesigning the exhibit space at the Native North American Travelling College (Corn-wall Island). Future ventures include a partnership with the John Brown Farm Historic Site (Lake Placid, NY) and a project with Akwesasne Tourism in which he will serve as lead art consultant and designer of an outdoor community-collage sculpture project. David was showcased in his first solo show at the Strand Center Gallery in Plattsburgh, NY in 2020. Much of his work can be seen at the Six Nations Iroquois Cultural Center in Onchiota, a family-run facility founded in 1954 by his grandparents. Today, David, his brother Donny, and their father John continue to maintain this very special museum welcoming visitors from around the world, breaking down stereotypes, and forwarding accurate understandings of Mohawk and Haudenosaunee culture.

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