Tamástslikt to show works of Native American artist

An exhibit of works by Ric Gendron will open June 14 at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

An exhibit of works by Ric Gendron will open June 14 at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

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PENDLETON — A new art exhibit, Ric Gendron: Rattlebone, will open June 14 at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd., Pendleton. 

An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. Gendron and show curator Ben Mitchell will be present to give a gallery talk. Admission to the opening event is free.

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An exhibit of works by Ric Gendron will be shown at Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

Organized by Mitchell, the Rattlebone exhibition includes a survey of contemporary paintings by Gendron and is supplemented with historic and contemporary cultural objects from the artist’s family. This contrast of new and old illuminates the foundations of the artist’s own creativity and is the largest exhibit ever assembled of the artist’s work.

Gendron, of the Colville Confederated Tribes, has been a professional artist since the late 1970s, creating a rich imaginative body of paintings and monoprints.

His paintings and mixed-media works express a contemporary and diverse visual vocabulary of traditional Upper Columbia Plateau Indian culture and iconography featuring images of traditional Upper Plateau dance and dance clothing, traditions still vibrantly alive in powwow and cultural celebrations; the interior Northwest’s severe landscapes and abundant wildlife; American rock-and-roll, soul and blues music; and American popular culture, including the comics, television and ethnic humor.

Gendron has shown his work and won awards at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Indian Market and Indian Art Northwest in Portland. He has exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Ind., and many other galleries.

For more information, call 541-966-9748.

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