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Jonathan Thunder
Artist Bio
Jonathan Thunder (Red Lake Ojibwe) is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor's Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications.
Jonathan's paintings explore personal themes of identity, life transitions, internal dialogue, and self-transformation. He depicts expressive characters whose emotions and thoughts manifest viscerally in their physical form. The bodies of his subjects often appear fragmented, animalistic, or partially obscured. His art acts as the scrapbook recording an evolving identity. Through his subjects, Jonathan can exaggerate the villains and heroes that make up his self-image. These paintings are self-portraits by nature, but also an act of releasing a spirit into the world.



About Wakaja Gallery

Wakaja Gallery is a Native American owned gallery, providing a unique space for emerging and established artists. Complimenting the art work and jewelry are beautiful antique furnishings and gift store items such as homemade candles, and notecards.  Wakaja Gallery owner Alisha Shelbourn has created this unique space to promote healing through the arts.

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Alisha Shelbourn is from Clinton, Wisconsin.
She is an enrolled member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
and an alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
She paints and creates traditional pottery when the rare moment comes in which she has time.
She graduated with BS in Art Therapy and Graphic Design from Edgewood College, Madison Wisconsin in 2000. She attended IAIA from 2000 to 2001, focusing on learning traditional pottery. She obtained her Masters Degree from Southwestern College in  Santa Fe in 2003. She has also attended several traditional pottery and micaceous pottery classes at the POEH Cultural Center.
 She is constantly insprired by their love for the arts, both visual and preforming. She is aware the next genereation of children see the world with new eyes and wants to create a place exhibit and express this. 


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