Raven Makes Gallery announced their doors are open for business at 182 E Hood Ave in the Art District of Sisters. The gallery offers distinctive art and craft work of Native American peoples from across the United States and First Nations Peoples of Canada. Their vision is to show works that explore the theme of cultural identity from traditional origins to contemporary perspectives.
Quintana Galleries of Portland, Oregon was the Native American art gallery of Oregon and one of the most acclaimed of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Since their retirement and closing in August 2015, no gallery has been formally and fully dedicated to Native American artwork.
Raven Makes Gallery intends to fill that void. The location of the gallery to Sisters reflects the ongoing shift of Central Oregon becoming an art destination for the state and the West Coast.
Paintings, jewelry, masks, Navajo rugs, Zuni fetishes, baskets, drums, beadwork, marble sculptures and Kachina, Yupik and Alutiq dolls are some of the art forms that will be offered.
Raven Makes Gallery humbly offers artwork from famed and award winning artists Raymond Nordwall, Sonwai (Verma Nequatewa), Cliff Fragua, Mary Tafoya, Jackie Bread, Claudia Peina, Elsie Holiday, Bruce Alfred, Todd Westika, Wilmer Kaye, The Cape Dorset Cooperative of Inuit Fine Arts for West Baffin Island, David Lister and many others. There are also works by heralded newcomers such as Jason Parrish, Shawn Kee, and Warren Nieto.
The owners of the gallery, Chris Morin and LaRita Chapman, spent the past 11 years living and working on the Navajo Nation as schoolteachers in Chinle, Arizona. Their connections with many artists of the Navajo and then all Southwest peoples were developed as a result.
Having lived in Alaska from 1966 to 2000, they are strongly involved with the art world of the Far North. They lived in Central Oregon in 2004 and have family throughout the state. Raven Makes Gallery will have a website available from which works can be purchased beginning in the Fall 2016.
Raven Makes Gallery
182 E. Hood Ave
P.O. Box 2404
Sisters, Oregon 97759