Living totems

Living totems

Artist Diane Hause recently hosted artists from Wilmington, Chapel Hill and Atlanta who created a series of "living totems" on trees surrounding her studio in the Ivanhoe community of Sampson County. The studio, served by Four County Electric, is located on 240 acres on the Black River. Totem poles are an art form indigenous with the Native American. Carved and created from large trees, the figures and images depicted on the poles range from recounting familiar legends, representing ancestral lineage or notable events in a clan or tribe's history. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, Hause has worked in the area for 40 years. Contact her by e-mail or visit her website.

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