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Collins, Sherry G.

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Native American Crafts

Sherry Collins was born in 1940, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and is, at present, a resident of Dubberly, Louisiana. Sherry Collins is a Louisiana State Roster Artist, Artist-In Residence with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Official Louisiana Performing Artist, and Visiting Artist with the Arts in Education Program of Louisiana Division of the Arts.

Of Choctaw descent, she is best known for her contemporary paintings based on traditional Native American themes for which she grinds her own pigments from the many colored clays of North Louisiana. She also makes pottery and pine needle baskets.

When making her pottery she uses the same technique her grandmother used. The pots are hand shaped using the coil method. Her materials consist of North Louisiana clay, sand, shell, and water.

Sherry has exhibited at the Museum of the Grand Village of the Natchez in Natchez, Mississippi; "Circle of Life;" Native Voices, an exhibition of contemporary Louisiana Indians; Center for Contemporary Arts; Shreveport, Louisiana; the Louisiana State Soybean Festival Arts Competition; Catahoula Lake Folk Arts Festival; and Germantown Arts Festival, Minden, Louisiana.

Updated November 30, 2016 by Natchitoches-NSU Louisiana Folklife Center Staff