Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center -Bandon, Oregon – 541-347-2426
December , 2008 – January 2009
A fundraiser done in conjunction with a Native American advocacy group based in Portland called RED LODGE TRANSITION SERVICES, the show in Bandon, curated by Victoria Tierney (who does all the shows at the Bandon hospital) raised over $3000 on sales of original works of art donated by Native Americans in the Oregon prison system and on prints and calendars made from those works of art. The money went for a down payment on a house in the Portland area for Native American women transitioning from prison back into society.
Native American drummers, dancers and storytellers came to the opening reception (see photos) and hospital CEO James Wathen loaned us one of his prized Native American sculptures for the show (see photo.) The local liaison for the effort was Barry Joyce of Lampa Mountain Sweat Lodge, who has lead sweat lodge ceremonies for Native Americans at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in North Bend/Hauser for many years. It was on the basis of this show that the idea was born to have a show of prisoners’ art work at the COOS ART MUSEUM (December 11,2009 -February 13, 2010). From that show grew the LIFER SHOW in Coquille at the Old City Hall (October 2010 -January 2011) and then “TIME” – A Statewide Traveling Show of Oregon Prison Art – 2011, which traveled to ten venues around the state.
Click here to read the column Eye on the Arts, which talks about this show.