Newton’s Native Pottery
Friday, December 7th, 5:00 PM
Montana Business Center: 415 N. Higgins Ave Missoula, MT 59802
Newton Racine will share his ceramics and you will be able to meet the artist at the event as well as purchase unique artwork. Newton is a miracle and survived a cancerous brain tumor when he was 10 years old. Since that time, Newton has found art to be his gift and will be selling unique pieces at the event.
Newton James Racine was born February 12th, 1981. He was raised and attended elementary and high school in Browning, Montana on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. He is also enrolled as a member of the Blackfeet Tribe.
Newton was ten years old when he developed a brain tumor which was cancerous. After many surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and hospitalizations in Seattle, he was finally able to return home.
Before Newton’s illness, he was very athletic, loved sports, the outdoors and doing any type of physical activity on his family’s ranch. After his illness, he was unable to do the things he loved because of the physical effects his illness caused.
When Newton started high school, he took an art class under the instruction of Mr. Bill Hanna. It was in this class that he began doing artwork and his passion for art began. He did mainly paintings and in his senior year began working with clay. Newton graduated from Browning High School in the year 2000.
After graduation, Newton attended the Blackfeet Community College in general studies and took a few art classes that were offered. He eventually majored in Human Services and obtained an Associate Degree in counseling. Then in 2008, he enrolled at the University of Montana where he majored in Art to pursue his passion once again. Unfortunately, as time went on it became more difficult for Newton, due to his limited learning abilities caused by his past illness. He had to give up his art studies in 2013.
After the University of Montana, he continued to do art classes at various studios in Missoula. Until he was accepted in Missoula’s Opportunity Resources; a program that helps aid adults with disabilities. There he is able to do his artwork where he works on his paintings and pottery.
Newton’s paintings are of various subjects, but he mainly focuses on animals and Native American subjects. He also does other types of artwork including pottery. Most of his pieces relate to his culture and heritage.
Newton has always been an inspiration to others, mainly young people, encouraging them to finish school and follow their dreams. He often tells them “If I can do it, you can do it”.
Newton is a very humble person, never known to complain, and is known to be a kind giving person. Newton always has a positive outlook.
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