Native Art Exhibit Embodies Family History

Rhoda, the latest exhibit to display at Spaceworks 950 Gallery, features a beautifully crafted, visual family memoir. Much of the artwork was created by Rhoda Hayward, a Native American artist who spent much of her life on the Puyallup Tribal Reservation, along with pieces produced by exhibit organizer and Rhoda’s granddaughter, Paige Pettibon, and various other family works.

Designed to feel as if you are walking into the Hayward family’s front living room, the exhibit begins with two symbolic pieces of art on either side of the main front entrance. On the right, a pair of beaded moccasins is placed beside a pair of beaded checkered Vans and on the left, a backpack Rhoda had hand stitched for a grandchild of hers in primary school. These two intricate pieces were put at the entrance of the exhibit to embody the front door of the living room where one typically takes their shoes and backpack off.

The following artwork displayed throughout the exhibit includes various pieces by Pettibon, in recognition of her family and Salish culture. One of her dedicated pieces features ten cradleboards in honor of her grandmother’s children, each one a detailed recreation of the cradleboard in which each of her family members were once carried in as children. Other pieces of hers include Blood Lines, a diagram that traces back her expansive family lineage; Rhoda, Richard, and Baby Richard, an acrylic canvas painting of her grandmother, grandfather, and first born uncle; and numerous other works composed of jewelry, beading, and other mixed mediums.

Check out this intriguing exhibit for free through April 16, open every Thursday from 1-5 p.m. and every third Thursday from 1-9 p.m. A native pop-up art market will also be held on Thursday, March 19 from 4-9 p.m. featuring beautiful pieces of Native American art for sale.

For more information on the exhibit, visit this website.

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