January 28, 2012
Check out our Journeys in Creativity exhibition; pick up a 2012 application

Applications are being accepted now through April 2 for the A. Susana Santos’ Journeys in Creativity Program at the Oregon College of Art and Craft.

The program, held this year June 24 through July 7, offers 12 teenagers the chance to embark on a 14-day journey through the world of Native American art and culture. Participants reside on the OCAC campus and take part in hands-on art workshops, cross-cultural experiences and field trips to local museums and galleries.

The theme for the 2012 is “Catching Our Own Shadows.” The following description comes from the 2012 brochure:

“Students will be introduced to the world of photography that has defined and documented Native American history and culture. Workshops with renowned Native American photographer Larry McNeil will give students a hands-on approach to learning both traditional and digital photographic processes. They will begin with film cameras, and learn how to shoot, develop, and print traditionally. Then they will explore the manipulation, correction and printing of images using a digital format. Covering these basic processes will allow students to gain a better understanding of photography from which they can enhance their skill set to develop their stylistic viewpoint.”

The cost of the program is free. Participants must be age 15-19. Preference is for Native American teens.

For more information, or to download the 2012 program schedule and application, visit the program website here.

If you are in the Pendleton area, we invite you to check out a special exhibition currently on display in the Crow’s Shadow gallery. The exhibit features youth-created artwork from the 2011 Journeys in Creativity program, themed “Art of the Canoe.”

You can view more pictures from the exhibit on our facebook page. The work will be on display through March 10.

Also, hard-copy brochures/applications are sitting on our front counter at Crow’s Shadow. If you know of a teenager who might be interested, come pick one up!

January 27, 2012
Crow's Shadow biennial at Hallie Ford

The Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts Biennial is on display now through March 11 at Willamette University’s Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, Oregon.

Co-organized by Professor Rebecca Dobkins and Master Printer Frank Janzen, the biennial exhibition includes prints created over the past two years.

Featured artists include James Luna (Luiseño), John Feodorov (Navajo), Jim Denomie (Ojibwe), Gabrielle Belz (Māori) and Marie Watt (Seneca). This is the fourth Crow’s Shadow biennial at Hallie Ford.

The exhibition will overlap with the mid-career retrospective titled Marie Watt: Lodge , highlighting some of the seminal work created by the Seneca artist over the past several years. That exhibition opens February 4 through April 1.

The museum will host a joint public reception for both exhibitions on March 9. For more information, visit the Hallie Ford website.

January 12, 2012
James Lavadour limited edition prints for sale

James Lavadour lithograph series

Crow’s Shadow is taking orders for a special series of four lithographic editions by artist and Crow’s Shadow founder James Lavadour. Lavadour is generously donating all proceeds to Crow’s Shadow to support its 2012 operational costs and Master Printer succession plan.

The four lithographs are being printed as editions of 50 each, with individual prints selling for just $200 or the entire series for $800.

These are the details about the series:

  • Series title: Duotone series
  • Edition size: 50
  • Description: Two-color lithographs on Rives BFK white
  • Paper size: 15” x 11 1/8”
  • Price: $200.00 each
  • Estimated completion date: Week of January 23, 2012

Please note, purchases are non-refundable and must be paid in full. Crow’s Shadow is able to receive payment by cash, check or credit card (in person or over the phone).

To order prints, or for related questions, please call Crow’s Shadow at (541) 276-3954.

January 09, 2012
Crow's Shadow exhibit and photolithography workshop at Atelier 6000

The Atelier 6000 printmaking studio and gallery in Bend, Oregon, will be showing a selection of Crow’s Shadow prints, beginning Friday, February 3.

The exhibit will coincide with a weekend presentation and photolithography workshop conducted by Master Printer Frank Janzen as part of the Atelier 6000 Artist-in-Residence program.

Janzen will give a presentation highlighting prints created at Crow’s Shadow, February 3 at 6 p.m. The photolithography workshop will take place February 4-5 (Saturday and Sunday), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Those interested in attending the workshop need to register through Atelier 6000. For more information, visit the Atelier 6000 website.

January 06, 2012
Marie Watt prints and video interview added to Crow’s Shadow website

Head over to the “prints” section of the website to check out four new woodcuts from artist Marie Watt (Seneca).

The new prints are titled Tether, Plow, Camp and Vest and are available for purchase.

Marie graced the printmaking studio with her creative presence back in August 2011 to complete her fourth collaborative Crow’s Shadow residency and fourth body of four editions (yes, that’s a lot of fours). The edition size for each of the new woodcuts is 20.

Also, be sure to watch our video interview (posted below) with Marie, in which she confesses to her self-designated status as a Crow’s Shadow “poster child.” Marie talks about the use of blankets in her work, as well as the collaborative and economic benefits of printmaking.

If you live in the Northwest, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, will soon be showing a mid-career retrospective exhibition of Marie Watt’s work that you won’t want to miss. The exhibition, titled Marie Watt: Lodge, will be on display February 4 through April 1. The exhibition will later travel north to the Tacoma Art Museum, June 11 through September 24, 2012.

From the Hallie Ford website about the exhibition:

“For the past decade, Watt has worked as a mixed media artist whose work explores human stories and the ritual implicit in everyday objects. Organized by anthropology professor and faculty curator Rebecca Dobkins, the exhibition will feature a range of work from the past decade, including stacked blanket sculptures, portrait blankets of Jim Thorpe, Ira Hayes, Susan B. Anthony, and Joseph Beuys, and Engine, a felt cave-like structure that honors the act of storytelling and the storytellers in the artist’s life.

In addition to the objects on display, the exhibition will be accompanied by text panels, labels, a video component, and a 96-108 page full color monograph written by professor Dobkins that places the artist’s work within the broader context of contemporary art. The book will be distributed by the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London, assuring worldwide distribution and readership.”

Stay connected to the Crow’s Shadow website over the next several weeks as Master Printer Frank Janzen completes printing editions for Storm Tharp, Eva Lake, Jenene Nagy and Crow’s Shadow founder James Lavadour.

We will post more artwork images as they become printed and available.

Those interested in purchasing prints can call us at (541) 276-3954 or e-mail fjanzen@crowsshadow.org.

December 24, 2011
Jenene Nagy completes residency with three edition proofs

Oregon artist Jenene Nagy completed her two-week printmaking residency at Crow’s Shadow on December 16. Through her collaboration with Master Printer Frank Janzen, Jenene finished approvals to print for three lithographic editions, including two horizontal diptychs and one vertical triptych.

Best known for her large-scale, site-specific installations—with their use of strong, hyper natural colors and close attention to the surrounding landscape and architectural space—Jenene said she was initially unsure how to employ printmaking in a way that would reflect the same ideas of her other work.

“Working in a litho shop has been unlike any experience I’ve ever had before, because my studio practice involves me kind of getting messy, and getting my hands dirty, and experimenting with materials, and not knowing what the outcome is going to be,” Jenene said. “Whereas with printmaking I feel there’s so much planning involved, and there also needs to be this clear articulation in terms of what you want to have happen.”

Jenene said she drew inspiration from her current studio work involving large-scale graphite drawings that change in appearance based on light and perspective due to the direction the graphite is applied to the paper.

“So I kind of riffed off that in terms of black on black, but also the way that light plays a role in viewing the work,” Jenene said. “The shifts are really subtle, but they’re there, so there is reward in the looking.”

For her vertical triptych—which uses shades of white, blue and silver—Jenene said she was particularly influenced by the effects of freezing frost on the Eastern Oregon landscape seen during her drives between Pendleton and Portland.

“The fog here is not like the fog I’ve seen elsewhere, because it’s still divided,” Jenene said. “You can still see the fields. And you can still see the road. And you can still see everything, except that there are all kinds of these different whites that are happening.”

Jenene presented on her artwork and curatorial practice during the December 15 open house and reception.

We will post images from the three editions for sale as soon as the works are printed over the coming weeks.

December 23, 2011
Crow’s Shadow hosts Journeys in Creativity youth workshop and student art exhibition

Crow’s Shadow is announcing two upcoming collaborative projects with the A. Susana Santos’ Journeys in Creativity Program.

The program, held each summer through the Oregon College of Art and Craft, offers 12 teenagers the chance to embark on a 14-day journey through the world of Native American art and culture. Participants reside on the OCAC campus and take part in hands-on art workshops, cross-cultural experiences and field trips to local museums and galleries. Past instructors for the program have included several Crow’s Shadow artists, including Phillip John Charette, Lillian Pitt, Wendy Red Star and Marie Watt.

Beginning Friday, January 13, Crow’s Shadow will host a gallery exhibit featuring student created works from the 2011 summer offering, which was themed the Art of the Canoe.

On Saturday, January 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Crow’s Shadow will conduct a monotype printmaking workshop for local Native students interested in the Journeys program. The workshop is sponsored by OCAC. Shirod Younker, Program Manager for the Journeys in Creativity program, will be on hand to talk about the program and answer questions for prospective students.

You can read more about the Journeys program and download the application here.

For questions about these or other events, please contact Crow’s Shadow at (541) 276-3954 or by e-mail at mbob@crowsshadow.org.

December 22, 2011
President's Holiday Message

Dear friends,

As we enter the holiday season and reflect on a year passed, we find ourselves humbled by the many people who helped make these last 12 months so exciting and rewarding. From workshop instructors and participants to artists and arts patrons, we thank everyone for their involvement and support. February 2012 officially commemorates our 20th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, and it’s a milestone we celebrate with all of you.

One development from 2011 we are particularly thankful for is the recruitment of our Interim Executive Director Melissa Bob, a Lummi Nation citizen who relocated from Bellingham, Washington, this past June to help lead Crow’s Shadow through an important transition period. With passion, dedication and enthusiasm, Melissa has worked tirelessly both to reinvigorate Crow’s Shadow as a vibrant community arts center, as well as to extend the reach of the organization’s fine art printmaking programs further out into the regional, national and international art communities.

Thanks largely to her progressive leadership, Crow’s Shadow has a robust activities schedule for 2012, including six artist residencies and new educational opportunities in printmaking. With the guidance of a community-based traditional arts committee, Crow’s Shadow plans to offer at least six Native arts workshops. We also look forward to reaching new audiences through an exhibition of Crow’s Shadow prints at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian—in New York in 2012 and in Washington, D.C., in 2013.

In 2012 we also plan to begin our Master Printer succession plan, whereby Melissa will begin her formal apprenticeship with Master Printer Frank Janzen and a new Executive Director will come on board in June. In 2013 Melissa will enter a Master Printer certification program at the esteemed Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in preparation for becoming the organization’s next full-time Master Printer to work alongside a new generation of Crow’s Shadow artists.

While we are excited for these new challenges and opportunities, to meet them will require a greater level of resources and commitment. As such, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Crow’s Shadow. Your gift will help us meet these goals and advance our organizational mission to provide educational, social and economic opportunities for Native Americans through artistic development. We thank you for your generous support as Crow’s Shadow heads into its 20th year of operation. Happy holidays!

- Patrice Hall Walters, Board President


If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to Crow’s Shadow, you can do so by returning to the website home page and clicking on the “donate” button at the bottom. Alternatively, If you would like to receive a mail-in payment form, please contact us at (541) 276-3954 or by e-mail at mbob@crowsshadow.org. Thank you!

December 03, 2011
2011 Highlights

As 2012 draws near, in the tradition both of giving thanks and reflecting on another year passed, we’d like to share some 2011 highlights from Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts.

Printmaking Residencies

Thanks in large part to funding from the Administration for Native Americans and The Ford Family Foundation Crow’s Shadow was able to host eight artist printmaking residencies in 2011. The artists we worked with this year include James Luna (Luiseño), John Feoderov (Navajo), Jim Denomie (Ojibwe), Gabrielle Belz (Maori), Marie Watt (Seneca), Storm Tharp, Eva Lake and Jenene Nagy.

In February Master Printer Frank Janzen kicked off the busy year with James Luna. Taking a different trajectory from his installation and performance work from the past several decades, Luna channeled his early background in painting to complete two series of monotype prints titled Sumojazz and Indian Edge. He also taught a performance art workshop at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Reflecting on his experience James said, “It’s been a wonderful artistic experience and it’s been a great cultural experience to be out here on the Umatilla (reservation) to see how people live in this environment. And what a wonderful environment.”

In March Crow’s Shadow welcomed Seattle-based artist John Feodorov, who completed approvals to print for four lithographic editions, each incorporating photographic images from his late mother’s homeland in New Mexico. Feodorov also conducted a half-day community photograph workshop project, whereby 15 community members created a large, mounted collage display incorporating personal and family photographs spanning several decades and generations. The collage was later displayed at the neighboring Tamástslikt Cultural Institute.

Minnesota artist Jim Denomie brought his trademark humor and visual style to the studio in May, finishing a two-week residency with five monoprint and monotype series, totaling an incredible 72 signed prints. “I don’t believe I’ve ever created so much art in a two-week period as I have here,” Jim said. “It’s a variety of imagery, but mostly they’re all some sort of portraiture.”

For five days in June Crow’s Shadow was fortunate to host New Zealand painter and printmaker Gabrielle Belz. Belz donated to Crow’s Shadow her Pou Series of monotypes. After her visit at Crow’s Shadow, Belz visited the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College and Pilchuck Glass School in Washington State.

Artist Marie Watt, a longtime friend of Crow’s Shadow, returned to work with Janzen in August for her fourth Crow’s Shadow residency. During her time Watt finished approvals to print for four woodcut prints. “There’s something about having an ongoing relationship with a master printer where it’s easier to kind of come in and get to work, and also … whereby (Frank) probably knows my personality and how I solve problems,” Marie said. “And for me it makes a really nice collaborative process.”

In September, Crow’s Shadow welcomed Portland artist Storm Tharp as the first of six mid-career Oregon artist residencies to be funded through The Ford Family Foundation’s “Golden Spot” residency program. Storm translated his exceptional painting talents to the printmaking form by completing lithographic plates for three portrait-based editions. Portland artist Eva Lake followed suit in October and finished her two weeks with approvals to print for four editions. From December 5-16, Jenene Nagy will be the third Crow’s Shadow “Golden Spot” artist in residence for 2011.

Arts Workshops

With generous support from the Lamb Foundation Crow’s Shadow offered a variety of printmaking and traditional arts workshop opportunities in 2011.

Traditional arts workshops for 2011 focused on weaving and beading. Michael Ray Johnson taught a cornhusk round-basket weaving class in June. He also taught this class at the Round-Up grounds during the Pendleton Round-Up in September. In November, Joey Lavadour taught his well-known techniques for cylindrical and flat-bag weaving to individuals from several regional communities. Several participants from these workshops wove baskets for the first time. Maynard White Owl Lavadour will be leading a medallion-beading workshop in December.

In March Master Printer Frank Janzen conducted a printmaking workshop with a new focus on photolithography. Working with photographs and scanned hand-drawn imagery, participants gained hands-on experience exposing a lithographic plate and working with a press assistant to print a small-size lithographic edition. Due to popular demand, we offered a second class in May. “I thought watching the other participants print was super useful for building problem solving skills,” workshop participant Mare Blocker said. “I’ve been a relief printer for the last 32 years and it’s really great to shake up your routine and try something new.”

Crow’s Shadow collaborated with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation summer youth recreation program to provide a series of free monotype workshops for children in the program. In September Crow’s Shadow delivered a printmaking workshop opportunity to the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation in Northern California, where local artists spent a long weekend making hundreds of colorful monotypes on a portable etching press. The prints were exhibited with Crow’s Shadow’s permanent collection at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California.

This fall, Crow’s Shadow also recruited the help of Portland-based printer and instructor Aaron Robert Miller to offer two new screen-printing workshops to Crow’s Shadow’s programming. In two days, participants learned to expose images onto silk screens and to print on both fabric and paper.

Other Highlights

This past June Crow’s Shadow welcomed on its newest staff member Melissa Bob as the organization’s Interim Executive Director and future successor to Frank as the Crow’s Shadow Press Master Printer. The Crow’s Shadow Board of Directors also welcomed one new and one returning member, Lori Sams and Crow’s Shadow co-founder James Lavadour. Crow’s Shadow also would like to thank the Meyer Memorial Trust for their continued financial support through their generous three-year capacity-building project.

Artwork from the Crow’s Shadow permanent collection was exhibited at the C.N. Gorman Museum at the University of California Davis campus, as well as Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif. A selection of prints and other artwork can currently be seen in an exhibit at the Portland International Airport through the end of April 2012.

Capital funding from Wildhorse Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation contributed to a studio renovation project to upgrade equipment and the facilities. Generous support on behalf of both foundation’s allowed Crow’s Shadow to purchase a new multi-spectrum exposure unit for exposing large lithographic plates and to transform our former darkroom facilities into a proper storage area for our permanent collection.

December 01, 2011
Crow's Shadow receives grant funding; seeks volunteer support for 2012 traditional arts programs

Crow’s Shadow would like to thank and acknowledge two charitable foundations for their recent support of our educational traditional arts programs. The program goals are to promote intertribal participation and to help revive and restore the community practice of Plateau arts through both traditional and contemporary methods.

With a $2,390 grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund and a $2,160 grant from the Potlatch Fund, both regional organizations will support the purchase of supplies and materials for at least six traditional Native arts workshops to be held at Crow’s Shadow in 2012.

As part of our planning efforts for next year’s workshops, Crow’s Shadow is in the process of forming a traditional arts committee, comprising members of the local tribal community. The committee will help guide the discussion about the community’s traditional arts priorities, as well as develop and assist in the coordination and evaluation of the traditional arts programming.

If you are a local community member and are interested in serving on the volunteer committee, please contact Interim Executive Director Melissa Bob at (541) 276-3954 or by e-mail at mbob@crowsshadow.org.