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  • 1. 03/08/2006 Spirit matters at Daybreak Star By Rick Levin
  • 2. It sounds like an existentialist smorgasbord: cultural heritage, nostalgia, memory, diversity, spirituality, oppression, hope, isolation, beauty, serenity and integrity. No, this is not the path of the Buddha but a list of themes explored in the new exhibit of paintings at Daybreak Star Indian Art Gallery, entitled "Reunion of the Condor, Eagle and Raven: Three Perspectives on Experience and Hope." The exhibit, which runs through April 23, brings together three artists working in a variety of mediums: abstract painter and collage artist Esperanza (Gomez) Grundy, portraitist Joshua Langstaff and Ben Paul, a photographer and sculptor. Langstaff is a Chippewa who grew up in a remote corner of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in a town of 300 people. "Wildlife here outnumbers people dramatically," he says of his hometown, where he developed a deep appreciation for the beauty of his natural surroundings. Langstaff has studied art in New York, the University of Michigan School of Art and Design, and most recently at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art. "I hope that I might eventually be considered among the great artists of my time," he says. "It is perhaps a fantastical dream to create work of the power and beauty of Rembrandt, Caravaggio or Vermeer, but it is my dream." Paul, a Tlingit from Juneau, Alaska, began studying art around the time of his naming ceremony in 1995 in Seattle (he is a member of the Raven clan, and his name, goo-nuX-nusti, means "to be the most"). He came across the artwork of his grandmother, Frances Paul, as well as the Southeast Alaska photo collection of his father William Paul Jr. He has worked in pen-and-ink and silk-screening, as well as sculpture. Grundy, a Mexican-American, is the first Latina artist whose works have appeared at Daybreak Star. She is a watercolorist. The opening of the exhibit on Feb. 17 commemorated the 36th anniversary of the invasion of Fort Lawton led by the late Bernie Whitebear, and also featured a memorial for Upper Skagit artist Ron Hilbert. The exhibit is being co-sponsored by El Centro De La Raza and Four Worlds International. WWW . FWII . NET
  • 3. ©Pacific Publishing Company 2006

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