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January 14th through Saturday, February 16th 2002

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Jeffrey Moose Gallery, on the 2nd level of Rainier Square,1333 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA, is proud to announce an exclusive exhibition of acrylic paintings on canvas and prints by artists form the Warlukurlangu cooperative of Yuendemu, a small town in Australia's Central Desert, from Wednesday January 9th through Saturday, February 16th. A reception for the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 18th from 6 to 8:30 PM at the gallery.

Jeannie Egan, 36" x28",acrylic on canvas

The Warlukurlangu cooperative is famous for its traditional, unspoiled imagery and reputation for integrity: the community is known as a source for enormous collaborative paintings, some including the work of as many as sixty artists and measuring as much as 12"x22", and traditional ground paintings, the root of all the famous dot-painting imagery from Australia's desert. One such work graced last year's "Spirit Country" survey exhibition at San Francisco's Palace of the Legion of Honor. Collaborative community works appeared at the California show and, now, in the collection of Robert Kaplan and Margaret Levy, on display at the Seattle Art Museum.

The art names from this community include internationally recognized talents such as Judy Napangardi Watson, Paddy Japaljarri Sims and Jack Jakamarra Ross, talents from the first and third generations of Central Desert dot-painters. Sims and Ross were awarded the Telstra (Gallery and Museum) Indigenous Art Award (from Australia's Northern Territories) for Works on Paper in this year's competition.

Australian Aboriginal dot-paintings are essentially aerial maps of sacred places, composed of dots, animal tracks and symbols which describe the Dreamtime (Creation) myths of the plants and animals which have sustained select language groups for as long as 200,000 years. Aboriginal artists inheret a natural totem (plant, animal or otherwise..) upon their birth and they are obligated by tradition to spread the story to others. Contemporary painters are links in an ancient tradition of Oral History.

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Stainless steel sculptor Bill Fletcher will exhibit his newest work, an enormous life-size eagle with a six foot wing-span, in a display case on the second level of Rainier Square, 1333 Fifth Avenue, Seattle, through the month of January. The work is timely and truly spectacular: hand-pounded and shaped, feather by feather, attached one at a time, the life-like quality of the eagle's gesture is the result of careful, painstaking observation. It is on display in an enormous display case against the backdrop of an American flag.

The work took over five months to complete. Stainless steel is a complex, highly tempermental material, requiring special hi-tech welding equipment. Fletcher, a former jet mechanic with the Navy and welding specialist with the television series "The Fugitive", is not only a highly accomplished welder, he's a certified Welding Inspector. His sense of Patriotism is augmented by the fact that he is a direct descendant of explorer William Clark of Lewis and Clark.

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