Doe Stahr creates North West Coast style pottery and painted felt textiles for event décor. She does installations for Tlingit and Haida events, for area colleges, inter-tribal conferences and social justice fund-raising galas in Washington and Oregon. Rather than selling pieces individually through galleries, she conveys the retail value of her work through fundraising auctions supporting organizations that benefit the native community. Her artwork serves to make mainstream meeting rooms more culturally welcoming for native events with painted textile installations that take the concept of tribal regalia to the architectural scale. Her artwork is commissioned for regalia, honoring awards, gifted as door prizes, or auctioned to support philanthropic causes.
Doe enjoyed cultural immersion for seven years in Sitka, Alaska. She now lives in Western Washington. Doe’s work, beginning strictly black and white, has grown to include clay effects that emulate nearly all the art forms of the NW Coastal culture. She goes with clay where no one of them can go in traditional media: primarily, the dinner table. For her touring installation, Vessels of Spirit Dinner Theater, the art is out of the Plexiglas box and well within reach; as it was in the grand days of the pre-contact Potlatch culture. With stoneware and porcelain, she illustrates traditional stories as told by the storyteller who is in line to tell them. Traditional copyright is closely held among the native people. Most of the settings are from a personal-best collection that has grown for fifteen years. As an exhibit, the collection has toured regionally and internationally. The dinner theater show had been produced for the Island County Historical society at a fundraiser for the museum in Coupeville, in Olympia for the Ford Foundation at Evergreen College Longhouse.
Doe has navigated the complex politics of working ‘behind cultural lines’ for 25 years. By being forthright about her lineage and familial relationship to the Tlingit people, observing cultural protocol and respecting the rule of law about the Indian Art Act, she has earned a reputation as an artist inside Indian country that few non native people have achieved.
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Kweli Vuur serves to build community and help strengthen the capacities of educational programming that support our youth and their families. She strives to enhance the quality of life in the community. As the resident poet of the Communities of Color Coalition, she finds creative ways to strengthen relationships. Through the expression of art and spoken-word poetry, she hopes to bring unity by aiding the process of self-actualization within each youth and adult she encounters.
2018 Conference on Race Art Walk
How has race had an impact on visual art and on artists in general? Artists have long been the story tellers and reporters of their time. Learn from artists like Doe Stahr, who travels the world to collect precious pieces of art, and who tracks the conditions of people and their state of being as a result of, or in spite of, racial tensions that have existed throughout the span of history. Consider spoken word artists such as Asia Renee and Kweli Vuur, who have created poetic imagery of their life experience on the “wrong” side of race and the effects of race on humanity in general. Experience the work of artists like Lucien Lekea, honoring past giants who tried to educate our people, by creating a selection of images that seem to fill in what is missing in our textbooks and on our televisions. The art workshop will explore these questions more deeply through dialog, visual arts, and spoken word poetry. We invite you to hear from a diverse group of artists and explore their unique perspectives on race.
Kweli Vuur, Art and Race Coordinator and C3 Artist in Residence, serves to build community and help strengthen the capacities of educational programming that support our youth and their families. She strives to enhance the quality of life in the community. As the resident poet of the Communities of Color Coalition, she finds creative ways to strengthen relationships. Through the expression of art and spoken-word poetry, she hopes to bring unity by aiding the process of self-actualization within each youth and adult she encounters.
Participating Artists: Ricardo Arriaga, visual artist; Lucian Lekea, visual artist; Asia Renne, spoken word artist; Ali Rouhfar, visual artist; Denney Juvenile Center Collection, visual art.