Dragonfly Art Gallery names Artist of the Month

Dragonfly Art Gallery in Harrisville announces Jim Miller as the May Artist of the Month. An outdoorsman and writer, Miller is one of the nation’s leading advocates of the study and application of traditional wilderness skills and crafts.

The Port Huron native discovered the beauty and essence of the natural world at an early age and has spent countless hours studying the skills of our ancestors in woods, fields and streams throughout the Great Lakes region. Miller currently resides in Mikado.

Miller has written many articles on primitive and traditional skills, which have appeared in publications such as Wilderness Way, Michigan Wilderness Journal, Michigan Out of Doors, Woods and Water News, Whispering Winds Magazine, and the Bulletin of Primitive Technologies.

His personal study and work prompted the publication of his book on traditional buckskin tanning methods, “Brain Tan Buffalo Robes, Skins and Pelts.” He has also produced a video demonstrating birch bark canoe construction, “How to Build a Birch Bark Canoe.” Both have sold across the United States, Canada and Europe.

Miller has tanned buckskins for several movies including “Thunderheart,” “The Indian in My Cupboard,” “Last of the Dogmen” and “A Will of Their Own.”

Birch bark baskets, traditional Indian villages and canoes, created by Jim Miller in the Woodland Indian design, have been featured at several museums and cultural centers across Michigan and the U.S., including historic Fort Michilimackinac in Mackinaw City and Cranbrook Institute of Arts and Science in Bloomfield.

Miller has often been a speaker and demonstrator at schools and other venues across the state, and did a presentation a few years back at the Alpena County Library.

In addition to displaying his work at the Dragonfly, Miller’s work can be viewed at the Tawas Bay Art Gallery. He also has a website, jmwillowwinds.com.

The Dragonfly will host an Artist of the Month reception for Miller this Saturday from 4-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and see his beautiful work.