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We acknowledge...

785 Arts Acknowledges that we are located on the homelands of the Osage, Kaw, Delaware, Shawnee, Potawatomi and Wyandotte peoples, and pay our respects to the elders past, present as well as future generations of all Indigenous people who have, do and will live on this land.  As Tsa-la-gi/Giduwa, we pledge to mindfully care for and preserve the importance of this space to my family, the tribes, our ancestors and all of our children’s children when living here and will do so responsibly.

The Gallery

785 Arts opened in Topeka, Kansas in January, 2020 bringing authentic Cherokee arts to Amused Gallery located in Topeka's NOTO Arts & Entertainment district, including doublewall basketry, cornhusk dolls, red clay jewelry and contemporary arts.  We also offer classes for children, adults, groups, homeschool groups, schools and creative aging.  Classes include basketry, cornhusk dolls, Cherokee language, kids cultural camp experiences, and customized programs.

In January, 2022, 785 Arts added an authentic Native American art gallery.  The gallery features contemporary art from artists who are tribal citizens or certified by Federally-recognized tribal governments, following all requirements of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act.  You can be assured that all items claimed as Native American are genuine Native American made.

We are also proud to feature art from non-Native emerging Northeast Kansasartists as well as established local and regional artists.

785 Arts is the designated Lead Curator for the Mayor's Art Initiative.  Local art of all genres and mediums are welcome for submission.

 

The Artist

Lisa LaRue-Baker, artist/NATIVE MODERN

 Lisa LaRue-Baker is a multi-talented digital artist who seamlessly blends her personal photography with vintage images, infusing them with vibrant hues through hand-tinting techniques using watercolors.

Lisa is also a double wall basket maker and instructor who has been making baskets for over 25 years. Her work is on the contemporary side, using materials such as stainless steel, copper, silicone, and anything else ‘weavable.’ She always makes the basket traditional on the inside and contemporary on the outside, ‘just like myself.’ 

Lisa is a Cherokee Nation citizen who currently lives in Topeka, Kansas and is a member of the Kansas City Cherokee Community. She was taught basketry skills by Sandy Long, Thelma Vann Forrest, and Anna Sixkiller. With work in the permanent collections of several museums and frequently shown in various art shows around the country, she is also the gallerist and owner of 785 Arts LLC, a Department of the Interior-listed Native American art gallery, the founder of the DoPiKa Project, and serves on several art organization boards. 

Her Cherokee family is from the Stilwell and Vian areas in Oklahoma. She worked for Cherokee Nation Cultural Resource Center as Literature Review Coordinator, where she assisted in language program development and basket classes. She was also involved in the development of the Cherokee Nation Word List, the Language Teacher Certification Program, and was certified as a Cherokee History instructor by the administration.

Artist Statement

Education has always been important to me, but creativity is my passion.

I find that creativity is often the best way to educate others. Whether it be through my music, writing, photography, bohemian art, or traditional Cherokee arts, I find a way for each piece to not only speak to someone’s soul, but leave a lasting memory of history – or hope for the future. As a Native American artist, I not only create traditional art of my tribe, but contemporary arts in many genres. Touching all cultures, experiences and goals is not only the life of the contemporary Native, but helps reach many people. Indigenous art does not always have to have an “Indian” theme, but rather, is from either our perspective or embodies traditional teachings.  Art IS our culture.  Everything we do is surrounded by and based on art.  Being an artist is an important part of being a culture-bearer. 

 

I am a Native Artist crossing the boundaries into the non-Native art world.

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