Tulalip artwork comes to gallery

Baskets, carvings, paintings, metal work and other pieces from Tulalip tribal members will be on display at the Arts Council of Snohomish County beginning Friday.

The “Generations: The Art &Culture of the Tulalip Tribes” will be on display until June 26 at the Arts Council’s gallery in the historic Monte Cristo building in downtown Everett.

James Madison, a Tulalip and a member of the Arts Council’s board, has spent months gathering artwork from other Tulalip tribal members to create the exhibit.

“This show isn’t about displaying straight Snohomish and Snoqualmie history,” he said. “It’s more about the artist, and letting them express themselves in whatever medium they would like.”

It’s been about 15 years since the Arts Council has showcased Tulalip artists, said Carie Collver, director of the council. The gallery showcased Coast Salish art about six years ago, but that show featured work from throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Collver said the current show was Madison’s suggestion, but the rest of the Art Council’s board thought the timing was ideal for a Tulalip show because the luxury Tulalip Hotel is scheduled to open in June.

The hotel will be filled with Tulalip artwork, including three large story poles to welcome guests. A hotel gallery will display local art, and all the pieces on display in guest rooms will be for sale.

The Arts Council’s “Generations” show offers young Tulalip artists a chance to showcase new styles of work, Collver said.

“This generation of artists is experimenting in new mediums like glass steel, printmaking,” Collver said. “They can take traditional art forms of the Tulalip Tribes and put a contemporary twist on them.”

The exhibit will open with a reception scheduled for 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Tulalip Tribes Canoe Family will perform, and Madison will be on hand to discuss the pieces on display.

Art exhibit

“Generations: The Art &Culture of the Tulalip Tribes” will open with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Arts Council of Snohomish County in the historic Monte Cristo building at 1507 Wall St. in Everett.

The exhibit will be on display until June 26. For more information, call 425-257-8380.

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