For a limited time the work of internationally acclaimed Pacific Northwest Native American artist Lillian Pitt will be available at the Friends Shop in the Visitor Center at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Her work includes prints, sculptures, native masks, jewelry, tiles and more. This is one of the few places in the Pacific Northwest that people can see and purchase Ms. Pitt's work.
Friends also carries exclusively Lillian Pitt's "River People" blanket, woven by Pendleton.
The Visitor Center is located at 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, Washington 98661. The Friends Shop in the Visitors Center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm. We have lots of wonderful inventory for you to discover, including books, beaded accessories, toys, trade goods, gifts, and Pendleton items. All items sold at the Shop interpret the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site.
Artist Lois Thadei
Lois learned to fly and trained to be an airline mechanic in Clark County. Lois was a bush pilot in Alaska, and received her aviators "wheel rating" and learned to "dope and fabric" old aircraft from Clark County's Wally Olson. Ms Thadei 'commuted' between Ketchikan, Alaska and Vancouver, Washington through Seattle via pontoon plane to learn these skills from Wally Olson.
Lois Chichinoff Thadei is Aleut, born into a Tlingit and Haida community in Southeast Alaska, and an original voting shareholder in Sealaska Corporation (Juneau). She is a part of the fourth generation of Aleut artists displaced from the now - depopulated community on Unga Island in the Aleutian Chain.
Chichinoff Thadei's family is full of artists: her father, Louis Thadei, Jr., was a self-taught collagist; her aunt, Johanna Chichinoff Paddock Snyder, was a designer and skin sewer; her brother-Fred Lauth-is a cedar carver.
Lois' work is dependent on the seasonal cycles and makes use of seasonal materials. Lois' weaving, painting, prints, glass art, and jewelry will be on display and available for sale at the Bookstore in the Visitor Center.
Click here to read the text of a 2010 radio interview with Lois Thadei by KUOW FM Seattle.
Joy Ohearn, Artist
Joy Pomaika'i Hau'oli OHearn is the current featured artist for the "Expressions of Culture" exhibit the Fort Vancouver Visitor Center. Her art is an expression of Hawaiian feather work. Pictured here are some examples of her work.
Joy will be joining the Friends of Fort Vancouver for a special demonstration at the Visitor Center on December 10, 2016 from 10am - 1pm as a part of the Friends event "Celebration of Birds."
Northwest Artists Exhibit Open Now: Talk on February 4, 2017
On Friday, November 4, 2016 an exhibit opened in the Visitor Center in conjunction with Vancouver's First Friday Downtown. The exhibit, entitled Art and Artifacts: Local Artists Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial opens on November 4, 2016. The event will be held at the Visitor Center at Fort Vancouver, 1501 East Evergreen Boulevard, Vancouver, WA 98661.
The exhibit features original works of art by local artists inspired by the National Park - its landscapes, the museum collection and events. The exhibits will be featured in the Visitor Center Theater; one piece will be installed outside under the entrance canopy.
After the First Friday opening, the exhibit will be available for the public to view in the theater space at the Visitor Center during normal Park hours - Tuesday through Saturday from 9am to 4pm.
On February 4, 2017 from 1:00-3:00pm there will be a talk by the artists.
The exhibit was curated by artist and educator Maureen Montague.
Toma Villa, Artist
Toma Villa, a registered member of the Yakama Nation, has spent the last year working on the sculpture for the park's Visitor Center, in honor of the National Park Service's centennial year. The sculpture is now a permanent feature in the main lobby of the Center. Villa calls his work Spirit Pole. The work features two poles, each carved from a single cedar log, interspersed with cast glass sculptural elements and carving on the surface of the cedar. Toma began installing the work on April 23, 2016 and spent subsequent days working with his team on site at the Visitor Center to place the poles, finish carving the sculpture and add some color to the wood.
The Spirit Pole symbolizes the harmonious dance that creates balance in nature, it focuses on the resources of the Pacific Northwest that have sustained people here for thousands of years. The Spirit Pole is a touchable artwork, so visitors of all ages can experience it visually, through touch, and by inhaling the scent of the carved cedar.
Toma’s portfolio of work includes murals, including those at Chief Joseph School in Portland and at Chief Kitsap Academy in Suquamish, Washington. He has experience in graffiti art, printmaking, painting, airbrush, sculpture and design. Along with artist Lillian Pitt, Toma works with school children in in the Columbia River Gorge teaching art, Tribal culture, the history of the Celilo Falls, and salmon fishing.
Toma's cast glass masks (like those in the Spirit Pole), limited edition prints and posters are available at the FRIENDS Shop, which is also located in the Visitor Center.