David Behrens is a nationally acclaimed artist whose
sensitivity and insight into Native American culture and history have placed
him in the forefront of this growing art movement. His unique approach of
blending iconic Native American images and moving, provocative themes cut to
the heart and have made him one of the most sought after and collectible
artists in the nation and abroad.
The art of David Behrens is distinct, heartfelt and
instantly recognizable. His style of painting blends realism, concept and
imagination all built around provocative portions of Native American history
and culture. “Art has always been a natural extension of who I am, a flow
that has coursed through me as far back as I can remember”. Seeing his talent
for art as a gift, and a gift by definition is something that cannot be earned
but only received, David feels that being an artist is both a privilege and an
immense responsibility. Bearing this truth within himself David shares “I
believe the goal of every one of my paintings is to let the story, the emotion,
the mystic fire move through me and into the painting.” Elaborating
further David adds “The concepts and statements I weave into my paintings
are so much bigger than I am. The feelings I give voice to are not just my own
but in a sense my paintings echo a collective consciousness, articulate a
deeper truth and emotes for the hearts of many. I am always humbled when I am
aware this is happening. There is a certain healing energy that flows through art,
as if God was whispering his kindness to a weary soul.”
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH, 10-5 PM: THE ART OF STORYTELLING at the La Veta Mercantile Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents four incredible artists that each portray the story of Native Americans in their own unique interpretation. Timothy Nevaquaya, Carla Romero, David Behrens and Arthur Short Bull will be showing (and selling) their work. You will be able to meet the artists and learn the understanding and motivation that fuels their creativity. During the day there will be presentations on stage regarding the rich contributions of Native Americans. In addition to his impactful artwork, Timothy Nevaquaya is also recognized as one of the finest Native American flute players in the country and his flute music will be shared during the event. Timothy also will offer a presentation on Native American Weather Prophecy. His wife, Alicia, an environmental lawyer representing tribal interests will present some of the issues she is working with. Alicia is also a Kiowa basket maker and will be doing demonstrations. This promises to be a day of riches and learning. Free. Donations appreciated!
Celinda Reynolds Kaelin is a poet, author, lecturer, and ethnohistorian who is privileged to work and study with indigenous Elders and spiritual leaders from over seventy First Nations.
Celinda is a Cherokee grandmother who has dedicated her life to the healing of the Sacred Hoop, and follows the Lakota spiritual traditions as a Pipe Carrier and a Sun Dancer. She has completed fifteen Sun Dances with the Lakota. She is proud to be an adopted member of both the Lakota Nation and the Ute Nation.
She is a member of the World Council of Elders, and has traveled extensively with these traditional spiritual Elders, performing Earth healing ceremonies in North and South America. Kaelin is adjunct professor at Colorado College, and is the author of six books, including, Journey Song: A spiritual Legacy of the American Indian (Four Directions, 1998), Pikes Peak Backcountry (Caxton, 1999), American Indians of the Pikes Peak Region (Arcadia, 2008), and Ute Legends (Caxton, 2017).