VISTA — Gallery 204 in Vista unveiled its latest monthlong exhibit, Spirit of the West: A Celebration of Native American Art, on June 12, just in time for the 13th Intertribal Powwow which took place the following day in Oceanside.
The exhibit marked a dramatic departure for the gallery.
It features not only canvas art by noted Native American artists like Robert Freeman and Kathy Elson, but also gourd and fiber art, as well as a large collection of artifacts from the nearby Kumeyaay reservation at Mesa Grande.
“It was great to … create a show of natural, living things that are so precious to our Native America here,” Vista Art Foundation President Sue Roncone said. “We’re hoping to get the Native Americans (visiting the Powwow) while they’re here.”
An authentic Kumeyaay campsite is the centerpiece of this month’s exhibit, complete with plants, minerals and tools brought down from Mesa Grande.
A specially painted backdrop completed the scene.
So realistic was the exhibit that a young crow, the pet of one of the exhibit’s creators, took residence in middle of it. The crow unconcernedly preened itself as attendees looked on.
Spirit of the West will remain on display until mid-July. Gallery 204 is located at 204 Main Street and is open Wednesday to Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, call (760) 305-8278 or visit www.vistaartfoundation.org.
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