Burke Museum visitors on Saturday can witness the thriving traditions of Plateau Native saddle-making, weaving and beadwork demonstrated live by the artists at the Burke’s all-day Plateau Native Arts Celebration.
Nine artists from the Yakama, Cayuse and Nez Perce nations will demonstrate the arts of the Columbia River Plateau region of Eastern Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Meet the artists, see how they practice their craft, and learn more about the living culture of the plateau from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Burke, on the University of Washington campus, NE 45th Street and 17th Avenue NE.
Cornhusk weavers Elza Weaselhead, Sky Weaselhead and Vivian Harrison will demonstrate the varying techniques of their intricate craft. Elza Weaselhead also will demonstrate tule mat weaving and will discuss the diverse practical and aesthetic uses of tule mats, woven from tule stems collected in marshy areas along the Columbia River.
Roberta Danzuka and Geraldine Miller will demonstrate different types of beadwork. Elaborate beadwork is an art that requires much training and practice and is commonly used by plateau artists as a decorative technique on clothes, shoes and bags.
HollyAnna Pinkham, accomplished saddle maker, will talk about the role of the horse in plateau culture and the art of saddle-making as she demonstrates how to make a saddle.
Weavers Jenny Williams and Beatrice Tilleqots and contemporary sculptor Alyne DeCoteau also will be present to show off their work and discuss their experiences as Plateau Native artists.
Plateau Native Arts Celebration is presented in association with two exhibits currently on view, “Peoples of the Plateau: The Indian Photographs of Lee Moorhouse, 1898-1915,” and “This Place Called Home.” The artistic styles demonstrated live by the artists will bring to life the long traditions of craft and technique behind the plateau objects featured in the exhibits.
The event is free with museum admission of $8, $6.50 senior, $5 student and youth, free ages 4 and younger.
Langley Fair: The Country Spring Crafts and Antique Faire is this weekend in the 4-H building at the Island County Fairgrounds, 819 Camano Ave., Langley.
Local vendors will display lotions and soaps, hats, jewlery, collectables, garden decor, pottery made from Whidbey Island clay banks and other gift items. Plants also will be for sale.
The event is 1 to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Lynnwood Library exhibit: The Lynnwood Arts Commission presents artwork from painter Ann Cronin and children’s writer-illustrator Jean Rittmann at Lynnwood Library Gallery, 19200 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood.
The exhibit opens today and runs through May 29.
The Open Door Gallery + Coffee: Opening Thursday at the historic Bayview Cash Store in Langley is Open Door Gallery + Coffee.
The gallery will sell artwork by established Whidbey Island artists. The gallery’s largest pieces include furniture, masks, paintings and sculptures. The majority of the gallery will be devoted to smaller, more affordable pieces, such as ceramics, glass, jewelry, turned wood, handmade books and cards.
The Open Door will offer quality coffee, teas, cocoa and a menu of espresso drinks, serving locally roasted Mukilteo Coffee. Pastries will be available.
The Open Door Gallery + Coffee is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. It’s located 0.2 miles off Highway 525 at the corner of Bayview and Marshview roads.
Seattle-Havana Poster catalog: Celebrate the release of the Seattle-Havana Poster Show catalog Thursday at Vérité Coffee &Cupcake Royale, 1101 34th Ave., in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle. The full-color catalog documents the Seattle-Havana silk-screen poster pairings presented at Bumbershoot 2007 and most recently at Centro de Desarrollo de las Artes Visuales in Havana.
Curators Daniel R. Smith and Jacob McMurray will present slides from the April 17 Cuban premiere. Exhibit catalogs and limited-edition silk-screen posters by Havana designers Grupo Camalen will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward print costs. Plus, Lisa Baer from Baer Winery in Woodinville will be pouring the winery’s newest release, the 2005 Ursa, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Complete the May Day celebration with Cuban music at neighboring St. Clouds restaurant, 1131 34th Ave., starting at 8 p.m.
For more information: www.seattlehavana.com, www.aigaseattle.org, www.baerwinery.com, www.stclouds.com, www.veritecoffee.com.