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November 16, 2018
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Time Details:
Opening Reception:
Friday, November 16, 2018 5:00-9:00 PM

Gallery Dates:
November 16, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Moses Lake Museum & Art Center
401 S Balsam
Moses Lake, WA 98837
Ric Gendron Painting
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Museum Gallery: Ric Gendron: Stick Indians

Friday, November 16, 2018

Speaker: Ben Mitchell, Independent Curator and Author

The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center will host both new and retrospective works by artist Ric Gendron. Ric’s work serves as a visual diary. He paints every day, sometimes well into night, with his favorite music of the hour playing in the background. His pieces take their inspiration not only from the beat poets but also from sources as diverse as the artist R. Crumb (“Fritz the Cat”), the cartoons of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and the music of T-Bone Walker and John Coltrane. The title of the painting may come from the song that was playing while he painted, or even from the time of day that the painting was finished.

Gendron’s new series Stick Indians explores the realm of the Shadow People. “People have certain things they do to avoid crossing paths with the Stick Indians. They represent an aspect of spirituality that is hard to explain. They play on a different plane, where massive weird things go bump in the night. I’m willing to go over the edge and go places I shouldn’t,” says Ric. Don’t go out there, the Stick Indians will get you.

Ric Gendron is an Arrow Lakes Band Colville and member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who lives and paints in Washington. He graduated from Spokane Falls Community College with a degree in Art in 1983 and studied art at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, and at Eastern Washington University. He shows annually at the Santa Fe Indian Market and has exhibited at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Blue Sage Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona; Purdue University, in West Lafayette Indiana; and at the Center of Contemporary Art, in Seattle. Born on a Thursday, this father of three values his family ties very highly. He has eleven beautiful grandchildren. Ric has been painting professionally for over 35 years.

Ben Mitchell is an independent curator, writer, and the art editor of Basalt, the literary and arts journal published by Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon. Among his recent projects, he curated Edward Curtis: The North America Indian for the Muskegon Museum of Art, which opened in June of 2017. Formerly the senior curator at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and the Yellowstone Art Museum, he has taught at Whitman College where he was director of Sheehan Gallery and a Lecturer in the Environmental Studies Department, and the University of Wyoming’s American Studies Department. A former member of the Board of Trustees of Artist Trust in Seattle, the Mountain-Plains Museum Association, Montana Wildlands, and the Yellowstone Chapter of the Sierra Club, Mitchell is a recipient of Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Montana Committee for the Humanities, and Washington State’s Humanities Washington. His teaching and writing explore the intersections of American literature, art history, and contemporary environmental issues. His essays have appeared in numerous journals, and regularly contributes to art museum monographs and catalogues. Ben divides his time between a small West Michigan farm and the Northern Idaho Rockies.

Photo Courtesy of Ric Gendron.