Join us in welcoming artist and writer Richard Heller as he presents his book From the Circle: Poetry, Prose, Art.
The Tatanka Oyate (Buffalo People) believe we all have a place in The Circle, and the entireties of our perceptions will be formed by our vantage point within this circle.
By way of sculpture, short stories, prose, and poetry, I attempt to share what I see. I hope the reader will find this book to be at times raw, other times loving or humorous, and always honest.
It's an honesty that on occasions has kept my work from being shown: A sculpture of a wolf was commissioned for a veterinarian's office. When it was installed, the doctor was pleased, but many of his dog patients cowered or growled. It was soon removed. Within the Native American community, my sculpture of Tatanka Iyotake (Sitting Bull) has received favor, while the director of a European-American-produced Western art show wrote, "The main comments from the jurors were that they liked the bear and cowboy pieces you submitted, but found the Native American bust to be dark and somewhat frightening."
From the Circle is an accounting of how I become reflective and see my connection to everything.