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November 16, 2018 - January 4, 2019
Ric Gendron: Stick Indians

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 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 the painting may come from the name of 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.  


Opening Reception: Friday, November 16, 5-9PM
Reception Speaker: Ben Mitchell, Independent Curator & Writer


Ric Gendron
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 Sante 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 five beautiful grandchildren. Ric has been painting professionally for over 35 years. 

Ben Mitchell
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, Ric Gendron: Rattlebone, opened at the Missoula Art Museum and toured five additional venues through 2015, including the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico. A catalogue published by the Missoula Museum of Art/University of Washington Press accompanied the exhibition. In 2017 he curated Edward Curtis: The North American Indian for the Muskegon Museum of Art which opened in June of 2017 and received over 33,000 visitors during its four-month run.
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Ric Gendron: Stick Indians is part of the regional initiative Beyond the Frame

Wenatchee, Wash. – Several regional partners have joined forces to collaborate and present Beyond the Frame NCW, a project designed to explore what it means to be native in North Central Washington. The project is presented in concert with a concurrent effort in the Puget Sound and is also designed to explore the work of
photographer Edward S. Curtis.

Beyond the Frame NCW is a regional initiative to revisit the photographs of Edward Curtis as a catalyst to spark conversations that explore and seek to understand Native identity, race, resilience, art, and culture, as well as contemporary Native American life.

The partners involved in the North Central Washington effort include Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, the North Central Regional Library, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival, Gallery One, the Moses Lake Museum and Art Center, Wanapum Heritage Center, the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center and Methow Arts Alliance. Funding has been provided by the Icicle Fund.  (full press release).


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Featured Image: Artist Ric Gendron, courtesy of Rick Singer Photography. 

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