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“Skwolo-lem-key Ney Puey” by Lyn Risling takes an artist’s view of Klamath River issues.
“Skwolo-lem-key Ney Puey” by Lyn Risling takes an artist’s view of Klamath River issues. Courtesy of Morris Graves Museum
For the first time in its history, the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka will feature all local Native American art throughout the entire building.

The “River As Home” show is being curated by Bob Benson, who is of Tsenungwe Native ancestry.

Native artists from the Wiyot, Yurok, Hupa, Tsenungwe, Karuk and Tolowa cultures will be included in this exhibition. The show will feature new art by many prominent artists such as Brian Tripp, George Blake, Deborah McConnell, Karen Noble, Lyn Risling, as well as Benson.

“This exhibit represents the visual pulse of Native artists from the Klamath River and surrounding river systems. It is a comprehensive look at the spiritual and physical place through the world view of this area’s original peoples,” said Benson, who is professor emeritus of art at College of the Redwoods, where he taught from 1973 to 2007.

“Skwolo-lem-ku Ney Puey” by Lyn Risling (Karuk, Yurok, Hupa) will be featured in the exhibit.

The grand opening will occur Saturday during the local Arts Alive! event from 6 to 9 p.m., although the exhibition opened Wednesday. It runs through March 24.

“Where the Boats Dance” by Louisa McCovey is part of the exhibit.
“Where the Boats Dance” by Louisa McCovey is part of the exhibit. Courtesy of Morris Graves Mueum
The Morris Graves Museum of Art, located at 636 F St., Eureka, is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is always free for everyone during each First Saturday Arts Alive!, 6-9 p.m.

Otherwise, museum admission is by donation: $4 for adults, $1 for seniors age 55 and older.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Native Cultures Fund, a program of the Humboldt Area Foundation that supports Native American arts and culture throughout most of California.


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