KEENE, N.H., 8/25/08 – Australian and New Zealand artists show contemporary artwork that’s rooted in their indigenous past in an exhibit that opens Monday, September 8, and continues through Sunday, October 19, at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

“Earth and Spirit: Contemporary Indigenous Art from New Zealand and Australia” features indigenous art in a variety of media, including paintings and traditional forms such as weaving and carving in wood and jade. Guest curator John Royal selected artwork in this exhibit to introduce the contemporaryart of 14 leading New Zealand Maori and the Australian Aboriginal visual artists. The exhibit includes carved masks, fiber art, weaponry, and musical instruments.