White Salmon, the center of the Columbia Gorge, is referenced twice in the internationally acclaimed Peace Calendar published by the Syracuse Cultural Workers for the year 2009.
The Calendar is illustrated with a mix of artwork, photographs, quotations and information that celebrate life and progressive values.
Historical information for each day of the year highlights moments of resistance, victories, and birthdays of people important in struggles for human rights and dignity.
The month of April features the painting the Last Salmon Run by Seattle artist Alfredo Arreguin. In the explanatory notes on salmon, rivers, and dams, the controversy over the dam on the White Salmon river is one of two mentioned.
The month of October features three paintings by White Salmon artist Janet Essley. These are part of a series shown locally at the White Salmon library, the Columbia Center for the Arts, and at Bethel Congregational Church.
Essley, who moved to White Salmon a decade ago, studied art at the University of Oregon and received a Masters Degree in Art from California State University Chico.
She exhibits paintings at the Columbia Art Center, the Dalles Art Center, Roz Gallery and has mounted several exhibitions at the White Salmon Library.
Her mural on the white salmon run "We are Their History" can be seen at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery .
"It is an honor to be included in the Peace Calendar, along with artists like Arreguin, forward looking groups such as the Rhizome collective (September), and Highlander School (February), and courageous people such as the members of GABnet (March) and individuals like Erin Davies (June)." Essley said. "I sent photos of my paintings to the Syracuse Cultural Workers because I like their work as artists and union members, but I was very surprised and delighted to be included in the calendar. It is full of wonderful small details such as the Onondaga names for the new moons. I grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, but we did not learn this at school. Another tidbit graces my birth day: the history of the peace sign."
Essley has been a member of the Columbia River Fellowship for Peace since moving to White Salmon.
The Peace Calendar is available at Small Planet Trading Company on Cascade St in Hood River and at Collage of the Gorge on Jewett Blvd in White Salmon.