The Christ Church Art Gallery
Sacred Waters Exhibit
Open House on Friday, October 26 at 6 pm.
The opening exhibit, “Sacred Waters” highlights the works of four Native American artists. Water is a finite commodity. Natives consider it to be sacred. As the climate changes droughts will plague humanity. The preservation and protection of water has not been part of our thinking in a way which makes sure that water remains pure and safe for us to use. The protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline drew Natives and other people to bring their voices together to share with us the dangers that we faces with the pollution of the Missouri and Mississippi River.
Sacred Waters honors those voices who were part of that protest and invites viewers to reflect on the sacred beauty of water as seen by Native artists and to become involved in efforts to find ways to provide water for all of humanity.
The exhibit also includes works by Mark Shelton, a contemporary Native American artist, uses intense color fields and textures by layering bits of exotic papers in the construction of his Native American subjects. Mark’s pieces reflect moments of traditional identity—offering a prayer, weaving a blanket, reflecting upon sacred waters. Lillian Pitt creates works of fine art that delight today’s art lovers, and at the same time, honor the history and legends of her people. She has accumulated a lifetime of works in a variety of media. Those media include artistic expressions in clay, bronze, wearable art, prints, glass, and jewelry. The exhibit also includes Roben White, artist and local activist, works with a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics and chalk pastels.
Dr. Katy Barber will be speaking at the October 26 opening. Barber teaches U.S. West, Pacific Northwest, and public history courses at Portland State University. Her scholarship addresses the survivance of Indian nations in the 20th century Pacific Northwest despite federal and local efforts to conquer and assimilate Indian people. She has researched and written about the effects of dam building on the Columbia River on Northwest fishing tribes, the struggle for federal recognition among tribes in the Northwest, the role of regional indigenous women leaders, and the history of representation and misrepresentation of Native people in museums and public history programs.
THE MISSION OF THE GALLERY IS THREEFOLD:
1. to connect our parish with artists of different races and cultures
2. to encourage people to become collectors of art
3. to become a model for churches to begin their own art of reconciliation galleries