People

Board of Directors

Charles Froelick, President

Mr. Froelick opened Froelick Gallery in Portland in 1995 and has spent the past 20 years championing contemporary artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Froelick represents several of the region’s most important Native American artists, including Joe Feddersen and Rick Bartow. Since 2012, Charles Froelick has served as a board member of the Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts. He has also served on multiple boards and committees, including: the Portland Art Dealer’s Association (PADA), the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, Regional Arts & Culture Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee, and the Cascade AIDS Project Annual Art Auction. Froelick credits much of his success to his long-standing and strong relationships with artists and clients as well as his enthusiasm and great appreciation for the artists that his gallery represents.

Froelick received a BFA in sculpture at the University of North Texas in 1989. He worked at Hiram Butler Gallery in Houston, Texas from 1988 to 1991 and Jamison Thomas Gallery in Portland, OR from 1992 to 1995 before opening Froelick Gallery.

Mari Tester, Vice-President

Ms. Tester is a retired native executive (Cayuse, Walla Walla, Sioux), with over 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. She spent 32 years in a variety of management positions, and specializes in: human resources, strategic planning, public policy, project management, and government contracts, among other skills. Mari was the principle for M.E. Tester and Associates, an international consulting firm, for 20 years. She is highly involved in several community organizations and holds the following board positions: Vice President, French Town Historical Foundation; Vice President, Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts; Past Chairman of the Board, Children’s Home Society; Past Public Policy Chairman, American Association of University Women. Ms. Tester is a descendant of Frenchtown, the historic site of the French-Canadian and Metis settlement formed in 1823 at Fort Nez Perces (later Fort Walla Walla) near modern-day Walla Walla, Washington.

 

 

Patrice Walters, Secretary

Ms. Walters is an original founding Board Member of Crow’s Shadow and has been an integral part of our board since CSIA’s founding in 1992. Ms. Walters is a professional photographer and small business owner, an area that she has worked in for over 30 years.  She also has experience in fund development and program management. Ms. Walters is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Kay Fenimore-Smith, Treasurer

Ms. Fenimore-Smith recently retired as associate professor of education at Whitman College. She began her career on the Umatilla Indian Reservation working with the tribes’ adult-education program.

Annie Charnley Eveland

Annie Charnley Eveland has been a newspaper journalist, daily columnist and copy editor since 1979. She’s written about local people and history in a daily community column, and feature stories and arts and entertainment. She designs and lays out an entertainment weekly and daily newspaper pages. A Seattle native, she grew up honored to learn about the cultural heritage and art of the Kwakwak’wakw First Nations people in British Columbia, Canada, singing the songs handed down and dancing at potlatches.

Marie Hall

Marie Hall returns to CSIA now as a board member after serving four years as the first CSIA Executive Director. For the past 15 years she has served as an academic advisor first for Eastern Oregon University and now as the ASPIRE Coordinator at Pendleton High School. Marie has lived in Pendleton of 37 years, serving on the Pendleton Education Foundation. She has a BS in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. She is responsible for the Museum’s collection of Northwest art from the late 19th century to today. Her duties include research, documentation, building the collection, and presenting exhibitions based upon the collection and work by artists living in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. She curates the APEX series of contemporary northwest artists annually and curettes the biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition. Ms. Laing-Malcolmson was president of Oregon College of Art & Craft from 2000 to 2010 and served from 1994-2000 as executive director of Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. She also was director of academic affairs and admission at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon from 1981-1987. Ms. Laing-Malcolmson was born in Seattle; she has a BFA in Painting from the PNCA and an MFA in Painting from Montana State University.

James Lavadour

Mr. Lavadour (Walla Walla) grew up in the foothills of the Blue Mountains on the Umatilla Reservation near Pendleton, Oregon. In 1992 Lavadour and friends founded Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts, with the idea of using art as a transformative tool within the Native American community. Lavadour is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

Lavadour’s work is deeply rooted in the landscapes of eastern Oregon, where he has been making artwork for more than four decades. Largely self-trained as a painter, he drew his early inspiration from a wide variety of sources, from Romanticist painters such as Turner, to more kinetic processes such as those exemplified by Chinese ink painters. Long held in high esteem among the art world in the Pacific Northwest, Lavadour’s paintings have also been shown in numerous major institutions throughout the United States, with more national recognition building over the last ten years. Lavadour has exhibited at: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (in both Washington, DC and New York, NY); The Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN; Portland Art Museum in Portland, OR; the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ; and the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, NM among many others. Notably, Lavadour, with the assistance of his Portland gallerist, Jane Beebe of PDX Contemporary, were invited to bring a large grid of 15 of his paintings to show in Personal Structures at the Palazzo Bembo in the 2013 Venice Biennale.

 

Antone Minthorn

Mr. Minthorn (Cayuse) formerly served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) from December of 1997 to December of 2001, and from 2003-2009. In this role as the top elected official for the CTUIR tribal government, he led a tribe that is known for its cooperative and innovative approach to a wide range of issues, including the arts and economic development. Mr. Minthorn’s efforts have guided many of the CTUIRs successes over the last 30 years, including the restoration of salmon to the Umatilla River following their 70-year absence.

Mr. Minthorn attended Gonzaga University from 1953-57, Eastern Oregon University from 1972-73 and was a member of the US Marine Corps from 1957-1963. You can read more about his impressive life and career here: Antone Minthorn: A Portrait of Native Resilience and Leadership.

Prudence Roberts

Prudence Roberts is a Professor of Art History and the Director of the Helzer Art Gallery at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. Roberts was the Curator of American Art at the Portland Art Museum from 1987-2000, where she focused on the museum’s regional collections and also specialized in early American museology. She was the curator of Disjecta’s Portland 2012 biennial and has been a guest curator at the Art Gym, Marylhurst University; and at COCA in Seattle. She is a member of the board of Disjecta Contemporary Art. She has served on panels for the Regional Arts & culture Council, the Ford Family Foundation, and the Oregon Community Foundation. She is co-chair of Portland Community College’s Women in Art Lecture series, which has brought such notable artists as Carolee Schneemann and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to Portland audiences. Roberts was born in Philadelphia and moved to Oregon in 1985. She received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY; and her MALS degree from Reed College. Prudence shares, “As one of the original board members of Crow’s Shadow, I have followed the institution’s growth and increasing importance over the years. I am truly honored to have been invited to rejoin the board and look forward to helping move Crow’s Shadow to the next level.”

Staff

Karl Davis, Executive Director

Karl holds an MA from University of Alberta and BA from Portland State University, both in art history. He has led a number of different arts organizations throughout his career, including coordinator of the Littman/White Galleries at PSU, Director of Froelick Gallery in downtown Portland, and President of the Art and Design Graduate Student Association at the University of Alberta.

He is a native Oregonian with strong ties to the local and national arts communities.

email: karldavis@crowsshadow.org

Frank Janzen, Master Printer

Frank moved to the Pendleton area from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, to become CSIA’s first full-time resident Master Printer in 2001. He is an artist in his own right, working mainly in printmaking and painting, and has collaborated with numerous artists in the U.S., Canada and South Africa in the creation of limited edition lithographs.

A gifted instructor, Frank collaborates with artists of all ages and skill levels. Whether working one-on-one with a professional artist or guiding a classroom of high school students through the technically challenging medium of fine-art printmaking, Frank has demonstrated his ability to help translate the vision of the artist onto paper.

At CSIA, Frank has collaborated with a growing list of emerging and established Native American artists, including Edgar Heap of Birds, Kay WalkingStick, Truman Lowe and more. He also teaches a range of beginning and advanced printmaking workshops, offered intermittently throughout the year.

Nika Blasser, Marketing Director

Nika has an MFA from the University of Alberta in Drawing/Intermedia, and holds a BFA from Portland State University in Painting/Drawing/Printmaking. She maintains an active art practice and has an extensive arts background. Nika taught multiple drawing, foundations, and conceptual art classes at the University of Alberta and has been highly involved with various community art programs in Edmonton and now Pendleton. Along side adjunct university teaching, recent positions include: Curatorial Administrative Assistant at the Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); Gallery Manager at dc3 Art Projects (Edmonton, Alberta), Assistant Director at Quintana Galleries (Portland, Oregon) and Gallery Co-Coordinator at the Littman & White Galleries at Portland State University.

Nika was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. You can find out more at nikablasser.com

email: nika@crowsshadow.org