Michael H. Crowe
Mike is a multimedia artist from the Yellowhill Community. He started creating pieces in his late teens and early twenties using materials such as wood, stone, copper, clay and twine among others although he is most well-known for the unique masks he makes. As Mike continued learning more about the aspects of carving he also took it upon himself to learn more about Cherokee culture focusing on the older methods of artwork techniques which show in his pieces as he uses a blend of historically accurate practices as well as modern processes. He has had many teachers throughout his journey towards a greater understanding of our arts and culture. Mike has worked with many school groups from grade school to collegiate level as well as working with community members to both share and encourage future generations to create art, while also educating the public to help everyone have a greater understanding of who we are as a people. Mike has won in various mediums at the annual Cherokee Fall Festival. He is thankful for his father Mike and for the many others who have helped him have a greater understanding of who we are and our rich culture. It is Mikes hope that his work is an expression of his gratitude and inspiring in some way to future artists just as the work of his predecessors were for him.