KORI GUY CRUTCHER
Kori is a Native American painter, and potter. Kori a mixed-blood Navajo of the To’ ahee’d Lii’nii Clan (Where the Waters Flow Together Clan), is also Cherokee and Mohawk. Her Grandparents were from the Canyon DeChelly, and the Lukachukai areas of the Navajo Reservation. Being raised with the Navajo traditions and stories by her Grandparents, Kori feels it is impossible to do her art work without drawing from her deep love of the traditions she was raised with. Kori lives “way up in the mountains" where she has a studio and working gallery, and the beauty inspires her. Her art name- Dine’ Woolchoo’n, means- Navajo Quilt. Kori retired from teaching Watercolor painting at OIT, and was also a Professor of Political Science, teaching Native American Studies at Metro College in Denver, CO., since 2004, teaching Native American Studies online since fall of 2010. Kori and her artwork can be seen in many shows local to Colorado and Oregon and National shows all during the year. Kori has had shows at the Mari Michener Gallery in Greeley CO, among other places. Kori has a deep love for the Earth, her Mother, and its people, and uses her artwork for teaching, healing and enlightenment of others, as her Navajo traditions and examples have taught her. All of her pottery and paintings are a direct result of something that she has experienced or learned and wishes to share with those around her. Being a professional artist for 47 years, and an educator for 36 years, Kori now calls her art work Story-paintings, and Story-pots. So, due to the requests for the written stories about each piece, when you buy one of her pieces, Kori will make sure that you have the story as a part of that piece, and will be glad to answer any questions you might have, if possible. She also feels there are some things about her culture that will remain only with her people, as she was instructed. There is a need for all of us to understand one another, and this education and love for people, while still remaining uniquely diverse is what drives her artwork. She invites you to joyfully participate with her in the dance of life as you enjoy her art work, and she challenges you to dare to live and be a part of your own life and future.