MAC & CHERRY LOPEZ
Mac Lopez is an enrolled member of the Shoshone and Cherokee Nations and started his flute making career 19 plus years ago and was very fortunate to have spent time. (sharing and being mentored by the late Hawk LittleJohn of NC)
“I feel very blessed to have spent the kind of time that I did with Hawk.”
Since that time I have released 6 CD’s and have performed throughout the US including France and Switzerland, I am also a Northern Traditional Dancer, I can be contacted through here at our website: WhirlwindStudios.net. I only specialize in making Woodlands Style Flutes, & besides making my own Signature flutes I have also been blessed to have helped the careers of the most well known flute makers in the US, such as JP Gomez, Colyn Petersen, Geoffrey Ellis, Billy Crowbeak, Danny Bigay, Pat Haran, and a few others. I’ll be exhibiting my flutes and CD’s along with my wife Cherry’s jewelry and we are looking forward to participating at this prestigious event and we hope to see ya’ll there.
––––Blessings, Mac Lopez
Cherry Lopez is a member of the Eastern Band Cherokee, started her love for beading while living in Colorado,when she learned how to do the Gourd stitch from her Cherokee Grandma, Sandra Beaudry. Cherry loves the traditional native stitches of her people and incorporates them in her more contemporary beaded items. After moving back to Southern California she began working for the Bead Station in Lake Forest, where she continued to learn various techniques from some well- known artists including Sheila Cleary, Don Pierce and Cheri Browning, whom she learned how to wire wrap.
Once she learned to wire wrap she became addicted and when asked by her husband Mac “Honey, can you wire wrap this?” the answer is almost always yes. Cherry loves to work mostly with natural stones like turquoise but will wrap wire around nearly anything. In her wire wrap pieces she prefers to enhance the
beauty of the stone by not overwhelming it by extravagant wire work.
In 2009 she was invited to join the bead group “Freeway Beaders”, a group that is comprised of amazingly talented women around Southern California who continue to inspire, support, and encourage her talent. Also in 2009 Cherry started working with well-known Native flute maker and performer Mac Lopez (Shoshone/Cherokee) who owns Whirlwind Studios, who began to carry her work at countless Pow Wow’s and high-end Indian Markets in Arizona.
Cherry continues to honor Native culture combining traditional and contemporary techniques in her jewelry pieces, and is always looking to push the envelope when it comes to her unique designs and creativity. By the way that Native flute maker/performer friend Mac Lopez, we’ll he is now her husband and together
their art forms are a true compliment each other.