Past Exhibitions 2004

Kumar Lama,

Kumar Lama, "White Mahakala," traditional Thangka
WHITE MAHAKALA is a wrathful aspect of
Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion).
White Mahakala eliminates spiritual and
material poverty for all beings, bringing us abundance.

New Year Art Show

Opening reception: Wednesday, December 15, 6 pm
Exhibition Dates: December 16, 2004 - February 13, 2005

The artworks in the New Year Art Show were intentionally created to celebrate the future and to align ourselves with Heaven and Earth for the New Year. The exhibition includes artworks by children, students, and master artists from local and international communities. Exhibiting artists include: Lucia Harrison, Fumiko Kimura, Kumar Lama, Nicole Langille, Bruce Miller.

The New Year Art Show is partially sponsored by Evergreen State College Arts and the Child Academic Program, the President's Diversity Fund, Chinese Language and Cultural Research Foundation, and Olympia Arts and Frame.

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Pete Peterson, Sr., Bear Looks in Two Directions, 2001, painted cedar

Pete Peterson, Sr., Bear Looks in Two
Directions, 2001, painted cedar.

gW3dZa'dad "The teaching of ancestral knowledge"

November 18 - December 10, 2004

"gW3dZa'dad" is a Twana term from the Pacific Northwest that describes "the teaching of ancestral knowledge," according to renowned cultural leader Bruce Subiyay Miller of the Skokomish tribe, a recent recipient of the National Heritage Award through the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is the first of three exhibitions in Evergreen Galleries that will feature work created through the Longhouse's artist-in-residence program, which brings master Native artists to work with emerging and established Native artists at Evergreen and reservation sites. Pete Peterson, Sr., a master carver and elder from the Skokomish tribe, instructed five artists on the traditional cultural art form of bent wood box making. Susan Pavel, who apprenticed under Bruce Miller, instructed 18 pairs of adults and youth apprentices in an ancient weaving technique of the Coast Salish people. The regalia that was created by the weavers will be on exhibit and will also be featured in a regalia fashion show at the Longhouse during Super Saturday, June 11, 2005.

Mining the Media: Paintings by Michael Kohlmeier and James Eisenhart

October 25 - December 10, 2004

In their recent paintings, Michael Kohlmeier and James Eisenhart question the media and the stories it tells by reinterpreting pervasive images.

Kohlmeier states, "I feel that we live in a day and age where communication has broken down. It seems that political correctness has overshadowed human interaction and as a result, people no longer communicate with each other on a personal level for fear of offending each other." Wanting to provoke thought and communication through his paintings, Kohlmeier chooses media images that carry strong associations. He brings together several images in a collage-like arrangement, so that meanings created by their relationships are not linear and precise, but suggestive and layered. Kohlmeier carefully renders the magazine images in monochromatic tones, with the result that they are like the media photographs in their realism, but unlike them in their lack of color.

Eisenhart exhibits work from two series of paintings. In the first, his interpretation of magazine and television images is more poetic; he finds in them suggestions of the past, the continuum of life and death, the muses. Rather than the glossy bright color of contemporary media though, Eisenhart's paintings are done in earth tones, with figures emerging out of the shadows, as if from dreams and memory. The second series reinterprets horrific images from current events in Iraq, with characters from children's books in place of innocent civilians, blindfolded hostages, and hooded insurgents. The artist raises questions about the intrusion of horrific events into the innocence of a child's world, about the tendency to dehumanize enemies, and whether the reality of some images is so potent that any reinterpretation looks like sacrilege.

Art & Social Commentary

October 11 - November 6, 2004

Regional, national, and international artists explore contemporary issues, creating artworks that question, comment, critique.

Artists include:
Paul Berger, Corwin Clairmont, Sue Coe, Jack Daws, Richard Glazer-Danay, Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, Jenny Holzer, David Ireland, Brian Jungen, Jerry Kearns, William Kentridge, Oldrich Kulhánek, Jean LaMarr, Jacob Lawrence, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Suzanne McClelland, Deborah Mersky, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Lezley Saar, Roger Shimomura, Kiki Smith.

Art in The Evergreen State College Collection

August - October 15, 2004

Displays in the library feature artworks that entered the Evergreen State College art collection decades ago and others that will come to campus over the next two years. In Gallery II, works on paper that the College collected during the '70s and '80s survey the creative energy of printmaking in the Northwest. In the entry area display cases, artworks that will be coming to Evergreen through the Washington State Arts Commission's Art in Public Places program are previewed through sketches, maquettes, and written descriptions.

A Robot

Sewa Singh Khalsa

January 9 - March 1, 2004
Public reception for the artist in the gallery on January 9th at 5 to 7 p.m.

An art exhibit at The Evergreen State College Gallery features Seattle visionary artist Sewa Singh Khalsa. The exhibition will showcase miniature porcelain sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings.

Khalsa's work comes from a deep interest in organic form and spirit. He is a master of clay and pushes the material beyond normal limits and expectations. Some of the delicate porcelains are delightful little worlds by themselves while the single pieces are interesting and full of good-natured humor. His paintings and drawings show a playfulness that is both childlike and fearless.