Crow's Shadow Newsletter – November 2020


Wendy Red Star (Apsáalooke) spent most of two weeks in October with us at Crow's Shadow. Her time as an Artist-in-Residence (AiR) concluded with a successful livestream event, which you watch on our YouTube channel. During her time in the studio, she developed three new proofs that combine her personal photos and family history with geometric star quilt patterns. The prints will be editioned in the coming months and are already generating a lot of excitement. Watch the video to get a look at the studio in motion and hear Wendy discuss her ideas behind these images.

It was wonderful having Wendy back at CSIA; she was an AiR in 2010, 2015, and now in 2020. We hope to have these editions printed and available in the spring of 2021. As always, keep an eye on our Instagram and Facebook for more glimpses inside the studio. 

We also want to extend a big THANK YOU to so many of you who went above and beyond the $10 suggested donation to support Crow's Shadow and our first live-streaming event.

Images: (above) detail of one of Wendy's new proofs; (left) Wendy Red Star with her dog Jasper in the studio on October 14, 2020; (below) Wendy's three new Approvals-to-Print on the studio pinboard.

Prints Released

Nataile Ball, Mama Bear III, edition of 18, 29" x 36 ", $1000 

We capped off an inspiring October with a visit from artist Natalie Ball. An Artist-in-Residence at Crow's Shadow last November, she returned to sign and finalize her two "Mama Bear" prints on October 22. These lithographs each have five colors and archival inkjet chine-collé elements. When speaking about these images she said "[they are] about blood politics, matriarchy, and refusal." They also relate to her current body of sculptural works with recontextualized "Power Objects."

Natalie Ball (Black, Modoc, and Klamath) is a multidisciplinary installation artist who works from her ancestral homelands in the rural community of Chiloquin, Oregon, in Klamath County. As a young woman, she learned quilt making from her aunt, which has fueled a continual practice of challenging assumptions regarding materials, including the loaded politics and power of matrilineal craft. 

Raised in Portland, Oregon, Ball has a BA in Art and Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon (2005), a Masters in Maori Visual Arts (2010) from Massey University in New Zealand, and an MFA (2018) from Yale School of Art. Ball was the winner of the prestigious 2018 Betty Bowen Award, with a corresponding exhibition on view at the Seattle Art Museum in 2019. She has shown widely around the states as well as internationally, including the Whitney Biennial 2017 (NY); Diane Rosenstein Gallery(LA); MoCNA in Santa Fe; and Art Mûr in both Montréal, Québec, and Berlin, Germany. 

Nataile Ball, Mama Bear IV, edition of 18, 32.5" x 23", $1000 
Gallery buds Udon, Jasper, and Dusty hanging out during Wendy's residency.

The gallery and studio are currently open by appointment 9–5 Monday through Friday. Please call ahead  and wear a mask if you would like to visit. You can still order artwork online or give us a call with questions. Thank you for your support of CSIA now and always.

Crow’s Shadow is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a creative conduit for educational, social and economic opportunities to Native Americans through artistic development.
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