Pacific Rim Art Exhibit-Emergence From Place-Neo-Traditional Indigenous Art


2012 Pacific Rim Art Exhibit

Emergence From Place

Neo-Traditional Indigenous Art


Exhibit of Artwork by various artists from the Pacific Rim area including:

Hawaii, New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest.



Clatsop Community College

Art Center Gallery

1651 Lexington Avenue

Astoria, Oregon  97103


Exhibit will be open to public from

April 5th to May 11th, 2012



Attending Artists

Maile Andrade- Native Hawaiian

Gabrielle Belz- Ngapuhi

Manos Nathan- Te Roroa, Ngatiwhatua, Ngapuhi

Lillian Pitt- Warm Springs, Wasco & Yakama

Greg Robinson- Chinook Indian Nation

Chuck Souza- Native Hawaiian

Gail Tremblay- Mi’ kmaq, Onondaga

Colleen Urlich- Te Popoto o Ngapuhi ki Kaipara



Richard Rowland and Lillian Pitt



Pacific Rim Exhibit Opening Reception

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

6:00 pm

Come meet the artists!

Light refreshments served

Free and Open to Public

Music by Chris Briden, A Viola da gamba Player

Chris Briden

Chris Briden



Professional Artist and Student Workshop

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

9am to 4pm

will be held in the CCC Ceramic/Art Studio

Potluck Luncheon at noon

Fees: Students $25  Community Members  $40

Register online at 

Course numbers:

Students: PER009508-W1

Public: PER009508-W2

Email Richard Rowland or call 503-338-2449 for info



Student/Artist Fishbowl Conversation

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

10:00 am to Noon

Columbia 219

Artists will discuss and answer questions with all local area high school students and faculty.

Contact Larry Lockett at Astoria High School for Information



Public Lecture and Slide Show

Friday, April 6th, 2012  7:00 pm

Performing Arts Center

16th and Franklin Avenue

Astoria, Oregon

Music by Swil Kanim of The Lummi Nation

Swil Kanim Photo

Swil Kanim photo courtesy of



Special acknowledgment to co-producer

Toi Maori Aotearoa-Maori Arts New Zealand, The Maori artists' network

Toi maori Logo


Events are being sponsored by:

Clatsop Community College 

 Clatsop Cultural Coalition


The Sather Fund


Special thanks to:

Clatsop Community College Students

Devon Abing-CCC Art Student, member of The Chinook Indian Nation

Astoria High School-Josh McConnell

Richard and Roberta Basch , member of The Clatsop Nehalem Confederated Tribes

Blue Scorcher Restaurant

Bridgewater Bistro

Cannery Pier Hotel

Kathryn Burr, from Clatsop County Womens Resouce Center

Clay Art Center, Tacoma Washington

clay art center logo

Wendela Howie

Lums Auto

David Lee Myers

Royal Nebeker

Northwest By Northwest Gallery

Rod Nichols and The North Coast Food Web

Richard & Patti Rowland

China Beach Retreat and The Shelburne Inn

Miki'ala Souza

TPauls Supper Club & Urban Cafe

Nancy Walsh

Marilyn Lane and The White Water Institute

Kerri Zell-CCC Art Student



Interesting artist links to outside webpages:




Lillian Pitt

Photo of Lillian Pitt

Mask by Lillian Pitt

Photo courtesy of Dennis Maxwell  Lightplay Photos



Lillian Pitt Spirit Warrior

Spirit Warrior by Lillian Pitt

Photo courtesy of Dennis Maxwell  Lightplay Photos


“Everything I do, regardless of the medium, is directly related to honoring my ancestors and giving voice to the people, the environment and the animals. It’s all about maintaining a link with tradition, and about honoring the many contributions my ancestors have made to this world.”

-Lillian Pitt




Gail Tremblay

Gail T Basket

Basket by Gail Tremblay

Photo courtesy of Gail Tremblay


And then there is HollyWood by Gail Trembley

Basket by Gail Tremblay

Photo courtesy of The Institute of American Indian Arts




Colleen Waata-Urlich

Colleen Urlich Artwork

Ipu Hinaki Eel Pot by Colleen Urlich

Photo courtesy of Colleen Urlich


Work of Colleen Urlich

Sculpture by Colleen Waata-Urlich

Photo courtesy of




Greg Robinson 

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson

Photo courtesy of Greg Robinson


greg robinson rattle

Rattle by Greg Robinson

Photo courtesy of


Greg A Robinson is an enrolled member of the Chinook Indian Nation, producing a variety of work in the Columbia River Art Style of the Chinookan peoples of the middle and lower Columbia River and Willapa Bay.


More information about the Chinook Peoples can be found at:




Gabrielle Belz

Photo of Gabrielle Belz  

Photo courtesy of Gabriell Belz


“The print making I do, I'm conscious of generations before me who have cut into a surface to make forms and patterns as they carve.”


“I'm conscious of those who brought those skills to this land, and despite the skill of making aute dying out, it seems that there is an awakening among Maori printmakers who have found another expression for this long sleeping technique to apply marks to another surface.”

“Our society and culture does not remain static but ebbs and flows with the tides, constantly reassessing and readjusting. This has been an ongoing process since we first left our first homeland and ventured out across the water.”

-Gabrielle Belz


Print by Gabrielle Belz

Print By Gabrielle Belz

Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Belz


Gabrielle image

Print by Gabrielle Belz

Photo courtesy of Gabrielle Belz




Manos Nathan

Manos Nathan Photo

Photo courtesy of Manos Nathan


Te Kaunoti me te Kaurima a Tane Nui a Rangi

" Te Kaunoti me te Kaurima a Tane Nui a Rangi"

Medium: Clay, vermiculite blush, ceramic paint.  
Dimensions:  Kaunoti   50 x 395 x 145mm.
                        Kaurima  65 x 265 x 70mm.

Photo courtesy of Manos Nathan

"The celestial fire tools suspended from the neck of Ranginui the sky father.
These tools were taken from Ranginui at the time of the separation of the primal parents.
Tane’s first use of the tools is to create Tama Nui te Ra the sun, the origin of fire.
The sparks that fell to earth while Tane was working became the subterranean or volcanic fire, the Ahi Komau.
Other sparks ended up in certain trees, the wood from which was traditionally used in the generation of fire, the Kaikomako, Totara, Mahoe and others.
There are tribal variants of the names given to the Kaunoti, the grooved board and the Kaurima, which is the rubbing stick.
Perhaps best known are Te Rangi Tiramarama (Kaunoti) and Torotoroihi (Kaurima).
The tools are solar symbols of light and therefore of knowledge."

Provided by Manos Nathan


In my efforts to create an identity for works in clay, I have adapted design and symbolism from the customary art forms of wood, stone and bone carving; from ta moko and from the fibre arts of ta niko and tukutuku. I have also drawn on the rich heritage of allegory and metaphor found in pakiwaitara, purakau and pepeha (folklore, myths/legends and proverbs) as a source of inspiration for the creation of Maori clayworks.

-Manos Nathan





Maile Andrade

Maile Andrade Photo

Photo courtesy of Maile Andrade


Ivy Sculpture

Sculpture by Maile Andrade

Photo courtesy of Maile Andrade


Sculpture by Maile Andrade

Sculpture by Maile Andrade

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Cultural Center


maile andrade scuplture

Sculpture by Maile Andrade

Photo courtesy of Hawaiian Cultural Center


 Excerpt from an interview with Mea Ninauele: Melehina Groves

at the Hawaiin Cultural Center in February 2006

MA.... In the last two years I’ve shifted to the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies to create a Native Hawaiian Visual Culture  program.

MG:     Was there any reason for your shifting over to Kamakakuokalani?
MA:      While I was a professor in the Art Department, I was teaching this Hawaiian Visual Arts course and in a class of maybe 30 students, there would maybe be three or four Hawaiians. I began to think, do I teach non-Hawaiians a little bit about Hawaiian culture -- and it was always just a little bit about Hawaiian culture -- or do I shift over to Center for Hawaiian Studies and teach Hawaiians how to be artists? Not to be artists, because I think that we’re naturally visual people, it comes naturally. But teach them how to articulate and have a dialogue in the visual world, so I chose to do that.




Chuck Souza

Chuck Souza

Chuck Souza

Photo courtesy of Chuck Souza


Chuck Souza work

Na Mea Hope Loa  2010


Come to give come to take chuck souza

Na Mea Hope Loa


clay, lava rock   4' x 5' x 8'

Photo courtesy of Chuck Souza


Chuck Souza work

Sculpture by Chuck Souza

Photo courtesy of Chuck Souza


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