OPENING RECEPTION: FRIDAY, MAY 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
MAY 25 – JUNE 29, 2018
Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts (CSIA) is pleased to present Nixya’awii Community School Student Print Exhibition. This exhibition will showcase the prints produced by a select group of students from the Nixya’awii Community School. The exhibiting printmaking students are: Ermia Butler, Dancing Star Leighton, EllaMae Looney, Cloe McMichael, Kylie Mountainchief, and Tyanna Van Pelt. Over the past school year these students have been learning printmaking in the Crow’s Shadow studio under the direction of CSIA Master Printer, Judith Baumann. The students have been visiting once a week and building their knowledge of printmaking, this year making multi-color linocuts and silkscreen prints. Each student has been instructed in the technical aspects of these processes and have produced their own limited-edition prints. The resulting works are of remarkable quality and exemplify the creative potential of these talented young artists.
Please join Crow’s Shadow for the opening reception, on Friday May 25 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, to view the student’s artwork and honor their achievements. Prints will be available for sale, with 100% of the print sale going directly to the student artists. The exhibition can also be viewed during Crow’s Shadow’s regular hours, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, until the show closes on June 29th. The Crow’s Shadow gallery is free to visit and open to the public. This is the fourth year of this collaborative project; it is funded in part by the Oregon Arts Commission Art Builds Communities fund, and through contributions to Crow’s Shadow general operating fund, either by direct donation or by print purchases.
Renowned local painter, James Lavadour, founded Crow’s Shadow in 1992 to provide a creative conduit for educational, social, and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. Karl Davis, Crow’s Shadow’s Executive Director, feels that this partnership with Nixya’awii Community School perfectly encapsulates the mission statement. Davis says, “It is exciting to see the students embrace their time in the studio, learn new avenues to explore their creativity, and have the opportunity to showcase their talents. We hope that this experience serves as a positive creative outlet for the individual students, but also reaches the surrounding community.”
P. 1) Students learning to register a silkscreen, (pictured l-r): Cloe McMichael, CSIA Master Printer Judith Baumann, Dancing Star Leighton, Tyanna Van Pelt, Ermia Butler, and Kylie Mountainchief.
P. 2) Brother Fox, two-color linocut, by Kylie Mountainchief