March 23, 2020

Emerging into Spring

By Raven Makes
Mighty Buffalo Zuni Fetish, by Jayne and Lynn Quam, Zuni Fetishes at Raven Makes Gallery

It feels wonderful to walk into the physical gallery space as we've refreshed and repainted the space. New works are up and out on display. We'll continue to develop the online collections, so check back often.

This years' curation shows a committed depth, passion and vision that might even surpass the creative output of years' past. Our Alaska Native artists, Navajo jewelers and Hopi silversmiths, to name but a few, continue to bring contemporary concepts and meaningful symbolism front and center. From the vantage points of beautiful landscapes and rich traditions, Acoma potters, Diné weavers and Pueblo sculptors provide exceptional imagery.

When we step outside of the gallery space, the reassurance of the natural order of our high desert and volcanic mountain region is in full play. The refreshing, clean breeze, the first croaking of frogs, the migration of birds allows a moment of peace and remembrance of magic and wonder. The essence of Spring has always been regeneration, new loveliness and restoration of health.

Since the opening of the gallery in 2016, we've endeavored to focus on the bigger picture, an expansive view, or the complete story, as it were. This phrase, 'the bigger picture,' is thought to have originated in reference to large and detailed paintings. It seems an appropriate metaphor for an art gallery! Of course, details matter, perhaps as embellishments rather than distractions.  

A positive, courage-based perspective of the future may seem nearly impossible at this present moment. Numbers, details, facts, uncertainty and confusion rush in with brute force. But it is our hope and sense of discipline that allows us to visualize and demonstrate a scenario that reflects strategic thinking, a greater good and continued recognition of the value of human creativity and compassion.

Here in Oregon, we are surrounded by forests that are easy to get lost in. 'See the forest for the trees' may hold a literal lesson for us! It can be a challenge to stop, listen and observe where the path lies. Art, in all its forms, may aid us in navigating bravely this new phase in human history.

For those foregoing travel from home as we re-open our public spaces, thank you for your patience as we continue to post some of the gallery's acquisitions on-line. Now with limited travel and venue cancellations, we realize it is very important to showcase the works of our artists in the cyber world. Feel free to call us for a private viewing appointment. With gratitude, we'll share in the beauty!