Congratulations to the Winner of the TrailArt contest, Senora Lynch!
Senora is an American Indian artist and potter and member of the Haliwa Saponi Tribe of Warrenton, NC. She has become nationally known, with art work displayed in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian and The Museum of History of North Carolina. She creates each piece using a traditional hand coiling method out of red and white clay, while adding a contemporary twist with her own style of etching designs into the surface.
Starting June 1st, and for the entire month of June, everyday we will be placing 2 pieces of Senora's pottery (pictured below) somewhere along the trails of our parks. If you find the art, you get to keep it! Let us know you found it by posting a selfie and tagging us @rolesville, #trailart.
Ms. Lynch is creating 5 different turtles for the TrailArt program. Each one is handmade using red and white clay and hand etched. In American Indian culture, the turtle represents mother earth and grandmother moon, and is a symbol of long life. Each of the turtles has a tree/leaf design, denoting the important use of each tree.
The white oak leaf is a tree of strength and is used to make white oak baskets.
The Cedar tree is a medicine tree used in prayer during the tribes' ceremonies. It is also used for cedar tea.
The Maple tree is used to make maple syrup.
The sassafras leaf is used to make tea and is good for your stomach.
The Dogwood tree was used to make arrow shafts by the tribe. It's the state tree of NC and a symbol of springtime and new beginnings.