MISSION - Painted images, statues, basketry and other art forms are represented in a new exhibit of Pacific Rim indigenous artists' work appearing at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute through May 21.

The exhibit is titled "Hiteemlkiliiksix: Within the Circle of the Rim, Nations Gathering on Common Ground." Several regional tribal artists are included.

The exhibit began in June 2001 when the International Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim was held at Evergreen State College, bringing together 71 visual artists from 38 indigenous nations or tribes. Those artists selected four representative pieces from each of five media categories. It is those pieces along with two each of the lead artists that make up this exhibit.

The media represented are weaving, ceramics, painting, carving and printing. The artists from the region who are represented include Thelissa Red Hawk, Joe Feddersen, Hazel Pete, Rose Calac, Valerie Calac, Pat Courtney Gold, Ethel LeCornu, Ann McCormack, Nakia Williamson, Haila Peterson and Yvonne Peterson. Both Pete, in weaving, and Fedderson in printmaking, are considered the lead artists in their media.

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute is located at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, at exit 216 from Interstate 84. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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