Ric Gendron is an Arrow Lakes band Colville and member of the Colville Confederated Tribes who lives and paints in Washington. Gendron’s work serves as a visual diary. He paints every day, sometimes well into the 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 a painting may come from the name of a song that was playing while he painted, or even from the time of day that the painting was finished.
On October 3, fire destroyed Ric Gendron’s home and studio along with neighboring residences in Elmer City, WA. Since then, many friends and supporters have stepped up to make his gallery show in Moses Lake possible, and
return him to his profession... painting. Visit the museum to view a selection of retrospective artworks from public and private collections, along with new and restored works for purchase.
The Moses Lake Museum & Art Center gratefully acknowledges all those who helped to make this show possible, with special thanks to Sue Bradley, Ben Mitchell, John Maurice, Jo Fyfe, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture and of course Ric Gendron for his grace and perseverance in trying times.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe account to raise money for Gendron's new home and studio space. To donate please visit: bit.ly/GendronFire
Thank you for your support!