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Lillian Pitt
An exhibition of sculpture, prints and jewelry

May 20th-July 11th, 2009
Artist Reception Thursday, May 21st 5:30-7:30

Please refer questions to Jeffrey Moose, 206.467.6951 or

Native American multi media artist Lillian Pitt will open a solo show of her work at Jeffrey Moose Gallery on Thursday, May 20th with a reception on Thur, 5/21 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The show will run through Sat, July 11th.

Ms. Pitt, a native of Wasco/WarmSprings/Yakama Tribes, is known nationally and internationally for her bronze and steel sculpture, Raku and Anagama fired ceramic masks and "Shadow Spirit" totem images based on traditional symbols and spirits of her Columbia River ancestors. Recently, her repertoire has expanded to include cast glass sculpture. One recurring image, "She Who Watches", is based on a Columbia River petroglyph which represents the last of the Woman Chiefs. This image is seen in mask form, in etchings and in the faces of clay and silver jewelry.

Ms. Pitt was a recipient of the Governor's Award of the Oregon Arts Commission in 1990. Her work has been exhibited and reviewed in the U.S., Russia, New Zealand, Germany, Czech Republic, Korea and Japan. Pitt's work has been commissioned by numerous museums and organizations including a recent collaboration with Vietnam Memorial artist Maya Lin on a bridge across the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington. Her work is held in several important collections, including the National Museum of the American Indian, the University of Washington's Burke Museum, the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ and the Sapporo City Hall, Sapporo, Japan. A traveling retrospective of Ms. Pitt's work was launched in 1999 at the Museum at Warm Springs, her traditional home in Oregon.

In 1999, Ms. Pitt began a collaboration with foundry owner/artist Ken MacKintosh. The two were chosen to craft a series of 15 bronze panels celebrating Salmon for the US Army Corps of Engineers. The works were installed at three tribal fishing sites, including the famed cliff-side site at Celilo. The two have completed other projects including works for the Portland Light Rail System and a Seattle Arts Commission funded bronze entitled "The Salmon Offering", displayed by the Army Corps of Engineers at the Hiram Chittenden (canal) Locks in Seattle and dedicated to the memory of legendary United Indians of All Tribes Foundation founder Bernie Whitebear. This work is on permanent display at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle.

Lillian Pitt
"Waterbird Soaring the Ocean"
cast New Zealand crystal, steel

Lillian Pitt
"Ancient Coyote from the Chewana (Columbia River)"
cast New Zealand crystal, steel

Lillian Pitt
"Ever Vigilant Watchers"
Anagama clay, ironwood

Lillian Pitt
"Messenger Telling Earth About Sky"
cast bronze and welded steel

Lillian Pitt
"She Who Watches" (large)
cast, acid etched New Zealand lead crystal, steel
18 1/2"x10 1/2"x8"

Lillian Pitt
"Shadow Spirit Contemplating the Moon"
cast New Zealand lead crystal, steel
24"x6 1/2"x6 1/2"

Lillian Pitt
"Shadow Spirit Surrounded by Copper Energy"
anagama clay, wood, copper

Lillian Pitt
"Shadow Spirit Sharing Her Wisdom"
anagama clay, wood, steel

Lillian Pitt
"Wasco Stick Indian"
cast, acid etched New Zealand lead crystal
20 1/2"x9"x10"


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