Lake County News, CA – An exhibit of contemporary Native American art opens July 9 at the Middletown Art Center

Corinne Pierce installed the exhibit “Earth, Sky, and Everything in Between” at the Middletown Center for the Arts in Middletown, California. Courtesy photo.

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. — A new exhibit of contemporary Native American art curated by renowned Pomo basket weaver and cultural educator Corinne Pierce will open at the Middletown Arts Center this weekend.

The public is invited to the opening reception for “Earth Heaven and Everything in Between,” which opens at the Middletown Art Center from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 9. An introduction and blessing will take place around 6:30 p.m.

This is the first exhibit of its kind in Lake County.

The exhibition includes baskets, paintings, photographs, digital media and installations.

The artworks on display celebrate traditional cultural arts and resilience while highlighting current and long-standing challenges and issues, including ongoing colonialism, land access and place-based land management — also known as traditional ecological knowledge, or TEK — along with intergenerational trauma , missing and murdered indigenous women, identity and amount of blood.

“The Earth Heaven and Everything in Between exhibit is a very exciting event for the small town of Middletown and Lake County,” said Millie Simon, Middletown Rancheria Tribal Elder. “The Indian people revere the works of our forefathers. Our past, present and future are connected through the art of basket and regalia making. Art is education and cultural education is very important among the tribes.

The exhibit is part of MAC’s long-standing project, “Weaving Baskets Weaving Bridges,” coded by Corine Pearce along with Millie Simon, Elem Cultural Pedagogue Rose Steele, Adult Education Specialist at the Lake Campus of Woodland Community College, and MAC Board Member Mary Wilson, and MAC Executive and Artistic Director Lisa Kaplan.

Weaving uses the art of basketry as a vessel for cross-cultural healing and understanding through cultural exposure and the holistic practice of weaving—from native plant cultivation and preparation to community weaving.

The Lake County Historical Museums will simultaneously display Pomo baskets that are normally kept in storage. Learn more about the project at www.middletownartcenter.org/weaving.

“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to create a local space at the MAC that features local artists from this region and all over (the country). It was a pleasure to bring artists together and include family, friends and colleagues,” said Pierce, an enrolled member of the Redwood Valley Rancheria with ancestry from Lake County and Mendocino tribes. “Sharing a topic that is culturally relevant to a larger audience is a win-win. I hope this show is just the beginning of growing understanding and communication between different cultural communities.”

Learn more about Corine Pearce, her weaving practice and work in communities to revive, maintain and share cultural traditions at www.corinepearce.com.

The Weaving Project and the Earth, Sky, and Everything in Between exhibit are funded in part by Middletown Rancheria, Robinson Rancheria, Charlotte Griswold and the California Arts Council, a state agency.

MAC is located at 21456 State Highway 175 at the intersection of Highway 29 in Middletown.

To learn more about Earth Sky and Everything in Between or other events, programs, opportunities and ways to support MAC’s efforts to weave arts and culture into the fabric of life in Lake County, visit www.middletownartcenter.org or call 707 -809-8118.

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