This will be a Visual Delight for the Post Ride Celebration
We are presenting Warm Springs Artists Community
They will be displaying their works of art.
Below are five beautiful artists and a small introduction
to their work and their philosophy/background.
This is special event featuring their work.
Please welcome them at our Celebration:
Beatrice Holliday Lopez, Kelli Palmer,
Maxine Switzler, Pamela Louis, and Marge Kalama
Beatrice grew up in Warm Springs, Oregon. Her mom, Buckie Teeman Holliday, was her inspiration to do this kind of beading. In 2008, she moved home to Warm Springs, after the loss of her dad. To keep herself busy, she started to make necklace and earring sets and bracelets. Now she does business in Fort Vancouver, Washington, Burns Paiute tribal people, all over Idaho, locally including at the Museum at Warm Springs, and with many other areas in Oregon and Canada. Beatrice uses both contemporary and traditional styles. She also makes chokers. “I love doing my beading and try to keep up with the traditional styles, as well as my contemporary style for working professionals.”
Kelli Palmer is a combination of the Warm Springs, Wasco, Paiute, Shoshone, Yakama, and Hoopa tribes. She grew up on the Warm Springs Indian reservation. The influence of her art shines through in the traditional Native American baskets, both the Wapus and Cornhusk.
Growing up, Kelli would watch her mother make Wapus (traditional root gathering) baskets. She would sit there while her mom taught classes, watching the ladies weave until it was dark outside. When her mother was helping at a Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association basket gathering, her mom tricked her into walking around and she ended up sitting down for her first class. After that, Kelli was hooked.
She has been making baskets for many years now and hasn’t been able to stop since that first class. While she creates other forms of art, including beadwork and sewing, she is still known for her baskets. She now teaches her own basketry classes in different areas of Oregon and Washington. But Kelli hasn’t stopped learning; she still asks her mother questions, reads books, and is always researching to learn more.
Kelli has also participated in many shows over the years and has received awards. She received Best in Show at a Tribal Member Art Show in Warm Springs in 2009 and Honorable Mention at the show in 2011. She has also had her art displayed at Central Oregon Community College, Juried & Invitational Exhibition All Things Considered VI Show at Fuller Craft Museum, and the Oregon Folklife Network.
Maxine started beading at a very young age and has been beading for over 60 years. Beading is her way of life and she enjoys it very much. Her work is done with cut beads and brain tanned buckskins. She is best known for her dancing feathers and her other beading creations including medallions, buckles, and billfolds. Maxine enjoys the finished product and hopes it makes her buyers happy. She considers herself a contemporary artist.
Pamela Louis is an artist whose talents and skills cover many mediums: ceramics, painting, sculpture, jewelry. She is a descendant of Wasco tribes and Billy Chinook (sister to Roxanne J. Chinook). She primarily works in porcelain using a technique called Sgraffito, meaning “to scratch”. This technique uses a small wire that allows her to carve back into the underglaze, exposing the clay body underneath. Her background includes a full scholarship to Museum Art School (now called P.N.C.A. – Pacific NW College of Art) and California College of Art, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in sculpture. In 2009, she attended Georgia State University for Ceramics, studying with Christina West.
My inspiration comes from many areas of life: nature, astronomy, waves, tribal, color, and sometimes people. I use movement, shadow and light to portray and communicate sensations of calm, ease, peace. My work is my yoga; yoga meaning “union”. My work is inspired by a statement from Robin Hopper, another ceramic artist – “I was born in a bomb crater during the London Blitz-Kreig (Germany bombing London) so I want only to make things that are beautiful.”
With beautiful or calm as intention, the world for me finds balance.
Marjorie Kalama prefers to be called Marge. Marge has beading techniques that have been used for centuries. She has the desire to replenish the family heirlooms. Each beaded piece, whether a family heirloom project or micro business project, is inspired by the study of old beadwork. Marge has also participated in a MAWS Tribal Member Art Show and held an internship with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. As an example, the above Right work is a Beaded Mural began with the Horse inspired by the Honoring of Horse Ceremony held in Post Falls, Idaho in 1993. From there, the relationship with the horse and the story of two brothers and their family relations developed with the grandmother’s prayers.
Please Join in seeing this community of artists. This is a special treat.
The celebration is Cascade Locks Marina
beginning at 11:30 until 4pm.