Art-makers dinner benefits Crow's Shadow

File photo<br> Raphael Hoffman looks at prints with Bev Kinsley during a December open house at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. Raphael's Restaurant & Lounge is hosting an upcoming fundraiser for the arts institute.

Friends, supporters and all lovers of art are invited to join Crow's Shadow Institute of Art for an "Art-makers Dinner" fundraiser, Sunday, Aug. 23 at 6 p.m. at Raphael's Restaurant, 233 S.E. Fourth St., Pendleton. The event will feature food, music, live demonstrations and a large selection of fine-art prints at newly reduced prices.

"We are the only professional fine-art printmaking studio located on a reservation in the Pacific Northwest that is dedicated to serving Native artists and communities through fine-art printmaking workshops, as well as providing instructions on the traditional arts of our ancestors," said Executive Director Feather Sams Huesties.

The small nonprofit arts organization and a large portion of its operating support is generated by prints sales, Sams Huesties said.

"So basically, every single print we sell helps us keep doing what we're doing, whether it's hosting public workshops, traditional arts programs or helping upcoming artists build their portfolio," she added. "Crow's Shadow strives to provide a culturally rich environment dedicated to artistic growth and we hope to be a conduit between Native American artists and communities and the mainstream art world."

Sams Huesties said every donation helps, and for the public, the fundraiser is the perfect opportunity to pick up a one-of-a-kind hand-pulled print starting at $5 and up.

In addition to sharing dinner and dessert, guests will have the opportunity to watch a number of live demonstrations in contemporary printmaking and traditional American Indian arts offered at Crow's Shadow.

Attendees also will be able to browse through an extensive collection of fine-art prints and purchase, for the first time, reduced-price prints from the 2008 Monothon fundraiser. Other tables will showcase works from such accomplished American Indian artists as Rick Bartow, James Lavadour and Lillian Pitt, as well as other emerging artists published through the organization's Crows Shadow Press studio.

Tickets are $20, which includes dinner, dessert and the chance to win a personal "New Zealand experience" with international artist Marty Vreede when he visits Crow's Shadow in September. Vreede is a professional printmaker and papermaker who teaches at the Universal College of Learning in Wanganui, New Zealand.

Founded in 1992 and located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Crow's Shadow is a nonprofit arts organization that aims to foster artistic development through such programs as printmaking residencies, public workshops and more.

For more information about Crow's Shadow or the dinner fundraiser, call 541-276-3954 or visit www.crowsshadow.org. Tickets are available at Crow's Shadow, Raphael's, the Great Pacific Wine & Coffee Co. and the Pendleton Center for the Arts.

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