This is the first year literacy as an art will be highlighted at this annual Native American exhibit. Event organizers plan to have Heyday Books of Berkeley on hand to discuss and sell many of the works published by Native Americans from the northern California region.
The Expo starts at noon on Saturday and goes until 5 pm when the Pomo Indian band “Black Horse Blues” will take to the stage in Coleman Hall to close things down. Cost is $5 in advance, plus $5 the day of the event, and includes the blues concert. Karen and Rick Wilder, curators and organizers of the Expo, describe it as a day when traditional and contemporary Native American artists come together to showcase their art and educate visitors about American Indian Art and what it means to identify as “Native American” in today’s world.
Special guests will include Greg Sarris, who received his Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, and Native American artist Judith Lowry. Sarris will talk about his newest book “How a Mountain was Made” and Lowry will discuss her responsibility as a culture bearer to reflect her tribal and family history with honesty and compassion through her art. Peggy Berryhill, founder and General Manager of KGUA public radio station in Gualala and an award-winning producer of public broadcasts, will moderate.
The Expo concludes with the concert by the Pomo Indian band “Black Horse Blues” in Coleman Hall.
This year, several new artists are exhibiting for the first time. Artists, basket makers, jewelry makers, poets, traditional dancers, crafters, and musicians are excited to share their art and their cultural knowledge and experience. This year collectors of Pomo baskets will also display some of their private collections and talk about what they take into consideration when choosing a piece for their collection.
The Expo is an opportunity to consider a fresh perspective that helps bridge the gap between cultural boundaries.
The “Black Horse Blues Band” is comprised of Pomo Indian men from Redwood Valley to Kashia and always delivers a rock ’n blues show to remember.
Join us as we celebrate art and Global Harmony — and bring your dancing shoes!
Tickets are $5 for expo, concert is included
all tickets $5 more day of event;
concert is free for youth (17 & under) when accompanied by an adult.
For advance purchase, visit Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 1-800-838-3006.
To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.