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Artist Demonstration with Lauren & Joshua Adams – Cherokee Wood Carvers
June 29, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pmFree
Lauren Smith is a proud member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee; born in Albuquerque, NM
and based in Cherokee, NC culture has always provided inspiration and a source for
expression. Lauren grew up around Woodcarving as introduced by her notable father/artist, Dr.
James “Bud” Smith and continues to learn his secrets today. She prefers working with natural
mediums like wood, primarily Cedar and Butternut but enjoys exploring painting and
photography as well.
Joshua Adams is part of a long lineage of Cherokee woodcarvers, starting with his great aunt
and uncle James and Irma Bradley. Joshua also had the privilege to study under renowned
Cherokee artist Dr. James Bud Smith and was directly influenced by legendary Cherokee
artists Amanda Crowe and John Julius Wilnoty.
Joshua works predominantly in the medium of wood sculpture, but includes stone carvings,
copper, paintings, photography, molding, 3D printing, pottery and videography in his portfolio.
His work has been shown in several shows throughout the world. He is a proud member of the
Eastern Band of Cherokee, as well as an alumni of Western Carolina University. He is also a
member of the esteemed Qualla Arts and Crafts Cooperative. Most recently, Joshua was
included into the Asheville Art Museum permanent collection for his mask “False Faced God”.
Joshua has received numerous awards throughout his career, including a 1st place ribbon in
the Sculpture division at the 2015 SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, Culture Keeper Award, and
Best of Class in the Sculpture Division at Cherokee Art Market in 2016-2017.
The two were married in Santa Fe, NM in 2013 and inspire, support, and collaborate on all
projects in life. Together, Joshua and Lauren have participated in art shows and cultural events
throughout the country. Most recently, both participated and curated “Renewal of the Ancient”
a group exhibition at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in 2018. Also in 2018, both were
invited to attend Cherokee Days at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington,
DC. Other notable events include:
“Renewal of the Ancient” Exhibition, Museum of the Cherokee Indian 2018
Cherokee Days, National Museum of the American Indian 2018
“Home Land” Exhibition, Asheville Art Museum 2017
“Facing Culture” Exhibition, Western Carolina University 2018
Contemporary Native American Art Symposium, WCU 2018
Cherokee Art Market
Sante Fe Indian Market
Cherokee Indian Fair