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See dancing color at Gorge center

Exhibit to feature beaded bag collection.

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center will open Dancing Colors: Native Arts of the Columbia Plateau on Saturday, Oct. 12.

This exhibit will feature the extensive Native American beaded bag collection of John Krussow of Hood River in an exhibition curated by Mary Schlick. This special exhibit will feature beaded bags and objects from the Columbia Plateau artistic tradition.

Private collector John Krussow has admired the arts of Native people for over 40 years. Having witnessed dramatic events, such as the annual fishing at Celilo Falls and its flooding on March 10, 1957, Krussow's appreciation for Native art and culture found expression in his lifelong passion to collect meaningful pieces. His collection reveals both his personal and selective taste as well as the bold colors and style of the talented beadworkers.

Curator Mary Schlick is the author of "Columbia River Basketry: Gift of the Ancestor's, Gift of the Earth," and is an acknowledged authority on Native American art of the region.Schlick is a master artist in the Oregon Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and has over forty years of association with Native American weavers, including sixteen years in residence on Northwest Indian reservation. Most recently, she co-curated Oregon Historical Society's exhibit Keeping the Spirit Alive: American Indian Art from the Dr. and Mrs. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. collection.

Working together, Krussow and Schlick present over 60 beaded bags and objects grouped by select themes. Visitors will gain an appreciation of the various motifs common in Plateau beadwork, such as floral and geometric designs, as well as "Story Bags" that feature scenes from nature and human activities.

Common themes will also reveal individual use of color and design. The exhibition will serve as a window into a collector's keen eye for masterwork and celebrate the spirit of the Plateau artistic tradition.

For more information, please contact the center at (541) 296-8600.


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