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Meet Monte Yellow Bird

Emily Yellow Bird
Promotional Director, Educator and Artist

"Art is an integral tool in education which inspires, motivates and creates new". 

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Spring Breeze, Watercolor with Scherenschnitte
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  • "A House Blessing; Fortitude" exhibited, Lancaster County Art Association National Juried Show, June 10- July 19, Strasburg PA
  • "Near is the Night" exhibited, MT Watercolor Society National Juried Show, October 2- 29, Bigfork Museum of Art and History, Bigfork MT

Short Biography

Emily is Promotional Director and co-owner of Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts, a practicing artist and educator with a Bachelors of Science in education K-6 and a specialty in Art from Messiah College in Grantham PA.  She has years of classroom experience; 3rd and 5th grades, Librarian (K-5) and Art Teacher (K-6).  Her continuing education includes “Natural History of the Dakota’s” at North Dakota State University, “Mathematics in Elementary Schools at the University of North Dakota and “Dakota Culture” from Cankdeska Cikana Community College.  As an artist she has created paintings for private collectors and group exhibits.  Self education is an integral component to the evolution of her artwork.

A few recent accomplishments include, paintings sold during the Paris Gibson Square & Holter Museum’s Art Auctions and in November 2011 she was a featured alumni at Messiah College, recognized for her achievements and diligence within her profession.

Emily utilizes and develops the skills she’s learned through years of teaching as she provides workshops to K-12 students with programs such as “Dreamin’”, “Fraktur, Folk-Art for the Fancy”, “The Animals Inside”, “In My Own Little Corner” & “Flowers Up Close and Personal”.
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Dad's Darter


Near is the Night


I grew up in the rural countryside of Pennsylvania, tucked in the Appalachian Mountains, filled with fresh sights, soothing sounds and aromatic smells; the beauty of creation inspired my artwork. 

I began painting when I was eight.  Knowing my interest in art and supporting my quest to create, mom and dad gave me an oil paint set for Christmas. 
Highschool Creations
Nature and landscapes were my focus for some time, but I transitioned into "Flags", as my mother would call them.  As a thoughtful gift, my husband told me to grab my camera and took me to an Iris farm where thousands of colored petals blanketed a very large area.  I took many pictures of the beauties in all their grandeur.  The detail of the petal, countless colors and the scalloped edge are a few of my favorites.

Pennies from Heaven


Sharing the Gifts II
In recent years, as an artist I came to a realization that I was at a point of necessary growth when I asked myself, “How are my watercolors unique?” and couldn't answer myself.  I have felt a deep need to learn more about the traditions and ways of my people.  I’ve turned my focus back to my roots, Pennsylvania German AKA PA Dutch, and Appalachia country.  My husband and I are innovative entrepreneurs, providing educational programs, creating and selling art, and giving back to communities.  The foundations of our programs are visual art and heritage.  I feel, subconsciously the words we share with the children had a direct impact on my artwork.

Bobbin' for Berries
”It’s Important to know where you come from to know where you’re going.”  My husband’s pride for his culture, more specifically the Arikara & Hidatsa tribes, made me question my own knowledge of my heritage, or lack of.  My quest to learn more about my ancestors took me to the Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage Center in Kutztown PA where I was able to fulfill a portion of the emptiness when I was introduced to Scherenschnitte, German paper cutting and Fraktur, German Folk-Art.  Through the tour and visit with the genealogist, I realized as a little girl I was exposed to a small portion of Fraktur when my mother sat me down and demonstrated these techniques using paint and paper to create a tulip- the “Fancy Dutch”, as we are called, were very fond of the tulip and it is a flower painted many times over in countless ways, each unique to the individual artist.

Sharing the Gifts IV
I instantly made a connection with these two forms of expression and used them as a vehicle to drive my work into a new direction that was clever and more personal to me; an approach that explains where I come from.   The many charms of nature continue to be my starting point- experiences I have had while exploring the intimate world of Mother Earth; flowers, birds, landscapes and all that jazz.  Adding the Scherenschnitte provides flavor, texture and a lace-like quality- some have even concluded “fancy”.  Weaving together realism with the aspects of my traditions is food for my soul, filling me with the need to learn more and share that newfound knowledge with others.  It has given me a self identity, awareness of the world and excitement as an artist.  Continuing down the path to new discoveries, elements of Fraktur are bound to reveal themselves in multiple forms.

The mediums I enjoy most are water color and oil pastels, working in oils less than the others, but still respecting its smooth luxurious application, wonderful movement and rich color. 

A short-term goal of mine is to create a Traveling Show, a one-person exhibit to travel the nation, moving from galleries to museums.  A long-term goal is to author and illustrate children’s books, working in watercolor and oil pastels. 


A Mother's Faith

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Education

B.S., Elementary Education, Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Art Specialty

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Experience
  • Practicing Artist, Co-Owner of Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts, Fine Arts and Educational Consulting Business, United States
  • Art Teacher, K-6, Great Falls Public Schools, Great Falls MT
  • Summer School, Sweet Water and Prairie View Elementary, Devils Lake ND
  • Substitute, Sweet Water, Prairie View and Minnie H Elementaries, Devils Lake ND
  • Grade 3, Four Winds Elementary, Fort Totten ND
  • Science Fair Tutor, Four Winds Elementary, Fort Totten ND
  • Grade 5, Four Winds Elementary, Fort Totten ND
  • Librarian, K-6, Line Mountain Elementary, Treverton PA
  • Home-Based Behavioral Support/ Habilitative Personal Care- Giver, Riverside Associates Psychology Clinic, Harrisburg PA
  • Personal Care Aid, Keystone Residence, Harrisburg PA

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Exhibitions and Art Shows
  • Art Auction, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, January 2012
  • Big West Art Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2011
  • 18th Annual Holter Benefit Auction, Helena MT, June 2011
  • Yellowstone Museum Benefit Auction, Billings MT, March 2011
  • 17th Annual Holter Benefit Auction, Helena MT, June 2010
  • Art Auction, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, January 2010
  • Big West Art Festival, Sheridan WY, August 2009
  • 16th Holter Museum Benefit Auction, Helena MT, June 2009
  • NCAC Winter Benefit, Pekin ND February 2009
  • Impressions De Provence, Art Auction, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, January 2009
  • Teachers Show, Paris Gibson Square Museum, Great Falls MT, May- August 2008
  • James Memorial Center for the Visual Arts, Cultural Festival, Williston ND, October 2008
  • James Memorial Center for the Visual Arts, Cultural Festival fundraising event, Williston ND October 2007
  • NCAC Summer Art Show, Pekin ND August 2007
  • NCAC Winter art auction, donated Harmony, Pekin ND, February 2007
  • Mother Nature, a Woman's Perspective, Art Show, Heritage Hjemkomst, Moorhead MN, October 2006
  • Easter Seals Auction Event, donated Protection and Security, Sheridan WY, August 2006  
  • Art Center Spring Art Show, Jamestown ND, 2006
  • NCAC, Nelson County Arts Council Winter Art Auction, collaborated with Black Pinto Horse, donated and embellished buffalo, Pekin ND, 2006

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Commissions
  • In Thy Ways, personal collector, Millersburg PA, August 2008
  • Carrousel, Fargo ND, 2006
  • Grandpa's Boy, Devils Lake ND, 2004

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Educational Programs
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Cascade Public School, Cascade MT, January 2012
  • Workshop, Warrior Shields, Bonner Elementary School, Bonner MT, January 2012
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Frazer School District, Frazer MT, November 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-5, Hot Springs Elementary, Hot Springs SD, October 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-12, Centerville MT, September 2011
  • Workshop, Flowers Up Close and Personal, K-8, Ovando School, May 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Seeley Lake Elementary, Seeley Lake MT, May 2011
  • Artist in Residence, 7-8, Dillon Middle School, Dillon MT, April 2011
  • Artist in Residence, 3-5, Lincoln Elementary, Glendive MT, April 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, East Fairview Elementary, Fairview ND, March 2011
  • Artist in Residence, K-5, Knollwood Heights Elementary, Rapid City SD, February 2011
  • Artist in Residence, 1-8, St. Joseph’s Indian School, Chamberlin SD, December 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-4, South Park Elementary, Belle Fourche SD
  • Artist in Residence, 6-12, Hawley Middle and High Schools, Hawley MN, October 2010
  • Presentations, K-12, Pelican Rapids Schools, Pelican Rapids MN, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-6, Hawley Elementary, Hawley MN, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence and Mural, 4-8, Madison Elementary, Ben Franklin and Carl Ben Eilson M.S., Fargo ND, May 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, Underwood M.S., Underwood MT, 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, Sidney M.S, Sidney MT, April 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Seeley Lake School, Seeley Lake MT, April 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-8, Ovando School, Ovando MT, March 2010
  • Artist in Residence, Havre H.S., 9-12, Havre MT, February 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 5-8, De La Salle Blackfeet School, Browning MT, February 2010
  • Artist in Residence, 6- 8, Chief Joseph M.S., Bozeman MT, January 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K-4, Linderman Elementary, Polson MT, Januray 2010
  • Artist in Residence, K - 12, Belt Schools, Belt MT, September 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K - 12, Ryegate Schools, Ryegate MT, September 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K - 12, Judith Gap Schools, Judith Gap MT, September 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K - 12, Missoula Public Schools, Missoula MT, May 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 8, Bonner Public Schools, Bonner MT, May 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K- 12, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln MT, April 2009
  • Artist in Residence, 5- 8, Havre Public Schools, Havre MT, April 2009
  • Artist in Residence, Havre Middle School, Havre MT, October 2009
  • Artist in Residence, K-6, Warrior Shields and Mud Ponies, Devils Lake schools, Devils Lake ND, April 2008
  • Artist in Residence, K-4, Warrior Shields, Upper Dauphin Elementary, Loyalton, PA, April 2008
  • Minnie H fourth grade graduation, Devils Lake ND, May 2007
  • CASA's, "Stop Horsin' Around Help Stop Child Abuse", Presentations; Opening and Closing Ceremonies, Rapid City SD, May 2007  
  • Warrior Shields,  student workshop, Rapid City SD, May 2007
  • Artist in Residence, 4, Warrior Shields, Minnie H Elementary, Devils Lake ND, April 2007
  • Winter Counts, Storytelling on Buffalo Hides, student workshop, Eight Mile Public School, Trenton ND, January 2007
  • Artist in Residence, 4,“Creating Your Own Identity”, Williston Area Schools, Williston ND, January 2007
  • “Winter Counts, Storytelling on Buffalo Hides”, Poplar Junior High School, Poplar MT January 2007
  •  “Creating Your Own Identity”, artist-in-residence, Jamestown Area Elementary Schools, November 2006
  • Warrior Shields, workshop, Madison Elementary, Fargo ND, November 2006
  • Winter Counts, workshop, Madison Elementary, Fargo ND, November 2006     
  • Warrior Shields, student workshop, Minnie H Elementary, Devils Lake ND, June 2006   
  • “Warrior Shields, Creating Your Own Identity”, workshop, Bennett Elementary, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • “Celebrating your Identity”, student workshop, Horace Mann Elementary, Fargo ND, March 2006
  • Warrior Shields, student workshop, Devils Lake Middle School, Devils Lake ND, February 2006

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