NATIVE CARVERS SHOWCASE 2020
The NATIVE CARVERS SHOWCASE is a unique opportunity for Native Carvers from the Northwest US, Alaska and Canada to come together and introduce their work to art collectors and the general public, learn from other carvers, and receive professional development training – all in the same event.
WHERE: We are pleased to hold the second Native Carvers Showcase 2020 at the Longhouse and Carving Studio located on the campus of Evergreen State College. In partnership with the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center - Evergreen State College, we will be co-hosts of this exciting event at a tremendous venue that is established to "Fulfilling its vision as a gathering place for people of all cultures. The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center (LECC) has created a home and community base over the past two decades for artists and arts organizations across the United States and around the Pacific Rim. The LECC held a series of Native Carvers Gatherings in the past and recognizes the importance of preserving the rich heritage and culture of Native Carvers who reside in almost every Native community in the Northwest, Southeast Alaska and Canada.
DAY ONE: The First Day will be held in the Longhouse and feature the Native Carvers Showcase, Demonstrations and Traditional Feast. Discussions will also be facilitated to form the Native Carvers Association.
DAY TWO: The Second Day will be held in the Carving Studio for the Carvers Marketplace and Demonstrations. Native Artists will also have the opportunity to receive Native Artists Professional Development Training to give them a better foundation to run their art as a business.
ALL activities are FREE for Every Participating Native Carver: Showcase, Demonstrations, Marketplace, Feast, and Native Artist Professional Development Training.
NATIVE CARVER STIPEND: Every Native Carver who Pre-registers for the Native Carvers Showcase 2020 shall receive a Stipend for participating at this event.
NATIVE CARVERS ASSOCIATION: Also to be introduced at this gathering is the concept of forming the Native Carvers Association - to be established and governed by Native Carvers. The Native Carvers Association will be created with the mission to preserve, promote and perpetuate the traditional art of Native carving. Inspired and modeled after the established Northwest Native American Basketweavers Association, the Native Carvers Association will:
- Provide opportunities for Native artists to study carving and showcase their work
- Provide a healthy social, cultural, spiritual and economic environment for Native carving
- Work to ensure access to traditional cultural resources and gathering sites
- Provide education for Natives and the General Public on the artistry, practices and concerns of Native carving
- Promote solidarity and communication among Native Carvers and Native Artists
- Micah McCarty - Makah Nation
- Dave Wilson - Lummi Nation
- James DeLaCruz - Quinault Indian Nation
- Fred Lauth - Haida/Tlingit
- John Smith - Skokomish Indian Tribe
- Guy Capoeman - Quinault Indian Nation
Please contact us if you are interested or have any questions regarding the Native Carvers Showcase:
Diana Pickernell - Loans & Programs Officer Raven John - Administrative Assistant