Visual Artist Lillian Pitt to Visit Walla Walla for Carnegie Picture Lab’s Explore, Discover & Create Event At the Walla Walla Public Library, March 17 at 11:00 AM
Columbia River artist Lillian Pitt, one of Picture Lab’s featured artists for school year 2017-18, will visit Walla Walla on Saturday, March 17th to make a presentation at the Walla Walla Public Library at 11:00 AM.
Ms. Pitt will share images of her work and relay history and legends of her ancestors, “My people are Warm Springs, Wasco (Watalas) and Yakama (Wishxam) — the River People ... Native peoples who lived and traded along the Big River, known today as the Columbia.”
Now based in Portland, OR, Ms. Pitt is known as a sculptor and mixed media artist -- her lifetime of work includes printmaking, wearable art and sculptures in clay, bronze, and most recently, glass. Her art has been exhibited throughout the Pacific Northwest, nationally and internationally.
“I use the ancient stories of my ancestors as a basis for the imagery I create. By doing this I maintain the memory of an ancient culture and keep the beliefs of my people alive.” This includes interpretations of She Who Watches, the ancient pictograph that formerly looked over her great-grandmother’s village of Wixshram, near Celilo Falls.
To bring her art and history to the students, Picture Lab created a picture book written by Program Director Tracy Thompson and illustrated by Lindsay Tebeck. It reveals details of one of history’s “greatest marketplaces”, Celilo Falls, where native people gathered to fish for salmon, hold religious ceremonies and engage in trade for 15,000 years. The story also highlight’s Ms. Pitt’s awakening to her own culture.
Following the presentation, children of all ages will have the opportunity to create their own masks, portraying an image of someone or something, that much like She Who Watches, helps keep them happy, safe and protected.
The event is supported by Columbia REA.
Carnegie Picture Lab is a nonprofit organization, which relies on support from individual donors and local trusts and foundations. Carnegie Picture Lab’s mission is to nourish creativity by supporting and enhancing art education for elementary school children in the Walla Walla Valley. Volunteers are trained to teach three different art history lessons and the accompanying art project in 13 elementary schools in the Walla Walla Valley, from Athena to Dixie, Waitsburg to College Place. For more information visit carnegiepicturelab.com, or visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/carnegiepicturelab/