November 16, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 to 9:00 PM
Guest Speaker: Independent curator and writer, Ben Mitchell, 7:00 PM
Location: Museum Gallery, 401 S. Balsam
Ric Gendron is an Arrow Lakes band Colville and member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who lives and paints in Washington. Gendron's work serves as a visual diary. He paints every day, sometimes well into the night, with his
favorite music of the hour playing in the background. His pieces take their inspiration not only from the beat poets but also from sources as diverse as the artist R. Crumb ("Fritz the Cat"), the cartoons of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the music of T-Bone Walker and John Coltrane. The title of a painting may come from the name of a song that was playing while he painted, or even from the time of day that the painting was finished.
On October 3, fire destroyed Ric Gendron's home and studio along with neighboring residences in Elmer City, WA. Since then, many friends and supporters have stepped up to make his gallery show in Moses Lake possible, and
return him to his profession... painting. Visit the museum to view a selection of retrospective artworks from public and private collections, along with new and restored works for purchase.
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center gratefully acknowledges all those who helped to make this show possible, with special thanks to Sue Bradley, Ben Mitchell, John Maurice, Jo Fyfe, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and of course Ric Gendron for his grace and perseverance in trying times.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Gendron's new home and studio space. To donate please visit: bit.ly/GendronFire
Thank you for your support!
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Ric Gendron Opening Reception, Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:00 to 9:00PM
Opening Reception Guest Speaker: Ben Mitchell, Fri. November 16, 7:00PM
Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 5-9PM
Reception Speaker: Ben Mitchell, Independent Curator & Writer
Ben Mitchell is an independent curator, writer, and the art editor of Basalt, the literary and arts journal published by Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. Among his recent projects, Ric Gendron: Rattlebone, opened at the Missoula Art Museum and toured five additional venues through 2015, including the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. A cataloguepublished by the Missoula Museum of Art/University of Washington Press accompanied the exhibition. In 2017 he curated Edward Curtis: The North American Indian for the Muskegon Museum of Art which opened in June of 2017 and received over 33,000 visitors during its four-month run.
Ric Gendron's gallery show is part of the regional initiative Beyond the Frame.
Wenatchee, Wash. – Several regional partners have joined forces to collaborate and present Beyond the Frame NCW, a project designed to explore what it means to be native in North Central Washington. The project is presented in concert with a concurrent effort in the Puget Sound and is also designed to explore the work of photographer Edward S. Curtis.
Beyond the Frame NCW is a regional initiative to revisit the photographs of Edward Curtis as a catalyst to spark conversations that explore and seek to understand Native identity, race, resilience, art, and culture, as well as contemporary Native American life.
The partners involved in the North Central Washington effort include Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, the North Central Regional Library, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Gallery One, the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, Wanapum Heritage Center, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and Methow Arts Alliance. Funding has been provided by the Icicle Fund. (full press release (PDF)).
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Featured Image: Artist Ric Gendron, courtesy of Rick Singer Photography.
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