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    Celilo – Never Silenced

    Please note: the gallery will be closed Saturday, May 21st & Saturday, May 28th for private events.
    The gallery will be closed from June 6-20 as we prepare for our next exhibition. 


    Celilo – Never Silenced
    March 1 – June 4, 2022

    Portland Chamber Orchestra presents:
    Celilo Falls: We Were There Saturday, June 4

    Our lives flow in historic currents, sometimes direct and personal, others, more distant. As NChi’Wana (the Columbia River) runs through our communities, the past flows through us, literally, culturally, and figuratively, defining the lives of people connected to it. Wyam (Celilo Falls), sacred and primary to Indigenous people for hundreds of miles around, was destroyed by The Dalles Dam in 1957, obliterating a way of life, a thriving fishery, and far more than that. The flooded falls displaced those who celebrated and relied upon its essential life-giving forces, destroying a vital culture.

    To honor, respect, and memorialize the events that took place more than sixty years ago, Celilo, Never Silenced features the creative talents of Indigenous artists Don Bailey, Rick Bartow, Joe Cantrell, Jonnel Covault, Ed Edmo, Joe Fedderson, Analee Fuentes, Sean Gallagher, Lillian Pitt, Pah-tu Pitt, Richard Rowland, Sara Siestreem, Gail Tremblay, and Richard York.

    Responding to the spiritual and sacred, exhibiting visual and literary artists create up-close and personal views of their integral relationship to salmon and the River. Although treaties and land acknowledgments were enacted to justify these irrevocable actions, the people of Celilo continue to persist, remaining strong and resilient to carry forth their ancestral traditions and beliefs.

    Gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm.

    Upcoming exhibitions:

    June 22 – August 13
    Examining Asian/American identities through photographic journals, mixed media, multimedia and performances, three Oregon artists, Sandra Honda, Mei-ling Lee, and Jefferson Goolsby, share insights and perceptions of historical and contemporary experiences. Weaving together personal and imagined stories of daily life, family, trauma, and generational grief from mass incarceration of people of Japanese ancestry, the works portray beautiful and haunting details of loss and displacement.  Exploring how people navigate identity in an ever-shifting cultural landscape, the creative works question beliefs, and assumptions while offering opportunities to view the world differently.

    1,000 Moons
    June 22 – Aug 13
    Emily Miller – emerging artist
    In the months after her grandparents’ deaths, Emily Miller struggled to stay grounded, and the understanding of time became distorted and unreal. As a connection to both grandparents, and to the natural cycles of time, Miller hand-formed 40 oversize sheets of paper with kelp, sheet music, and other materials linked to their history. Cutting the sheets to create a total of 1,175 collaged ‘moons’, Miller represented each full moon in her grandmother’s 94 years of life. Stringing the moons together to form a meditative corridor of time, the installation creates a physical pathway of memories, allowing viewers a visual and physical path or remembrance for all who have lost, and recall how many moons we saw together.

    For inquiries and submissions please email gallery@thereser.org.