Artwork by Debra Yepa Pappan and Monica Rickert is on display during Native American Heritage Month in November at Edgewater Branch.
Monica Rickert-Bolter (Prairie Band Potawatomi/African-American/German) is a versatile artist whose works range from traditional to digital mediums. She uses charcoals and Conté crayons, focusing on portraits that highlight various skin tones, hair, fabrics and other textures. She accepts regular commission work while continuously building her own portfolio.
Debra Yepa-Pappan is a Korean and Jemez Pueblo artist who utilizes digital imagery to visually share her story about being mixed race. Her works examine issues of Indian stereotypes and also offer an in-depth examination of her own identity, conveying her pride in both her cultures. Her works have been exhibited around the country and in other parts of the world, and have been published in a number of magazines and the book War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art. She is an alumna of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M.