Stonington Gallery Pioneer Square
Recommended by Joule Zelman
Lillian Pitt, a Warm Springs/Wasco/Yakama elder, and Dan Friday, a Lummi glassblower, collaborated on these fragile and allusive bowl and basket forms. Pitt's knowledge of Columbia River Gorge symbology, including now-lost petroglyph imagery that dates back thousands of years, is imprinted on Friday's glass in vivid colors. The effect can be apparently abstract—and ravishingly so—as in Firelight, a cylindrical vase with gold and blue freckles and dancing light lines. Other pieces, like She Who Watches and Life Forms of the Columbia River, evoke ancient depictions of spirits, animals, and humans. These works of art mourn and celebrate Native heritage destroyed by the Dalles and John Day dams on the Columbia River, showing us some of what's been lost.