By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News
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SEQUIM — A dress made of fair buckskin, a skipper paddle, a beaded “octopus bag”: These are a few of the works of art to appear this weekend in a new display at the Museum & Arts Center, 175 W. Cedar St.
This is the Hall-Adams Family Exhibit, a revelation of art from three generations of Jamestown S’Klallam tribal members.
The works are gathered inside the Jamestown S’Klallam Longhouse, a permanent part of the museum known as the MAC. On Saturday, the public is invited to an opening celebration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; admission is free.
To begin Saturday afternoon’s event, Jamestown S’Klallam spiritual leader Pat Adams will give a traditional blessing; a reception sponsored by 7 Cedars Casino will follow.
This is a richly varied display, said Ann Adams, a Hall-Adams family member who helped coordinate it.
“It is so amazing,” she said, how the artists “can take an idea and transform it to a painting, carving or a beaded design . . . not to mention the time and patience it takes to create each item.
“Some are done with a pattern and some from memory,” she added. The exhibit features a painted drum, a cradleboard, cedar hats and baskets, carvings, jewelry and many other works in cedar and beads. Photographs are part of the display too.
All of the contributing artists are descendants of the late Harriette Hall Adams, daughter of Jacob “Jake” Hall. These artists include Ann, Korina, Mary, Pat and Stephanie Adams, Florence Adams Monson, Jeff Monson, Danielle Adams Lawson and Eilinhoir, Nacona and Raelynn Lawson. And Jeff Monson, a noted Jamestown S’Klallam tribal artist, has contributed a spiral walking stick, mask, skipper paddle and wooden rattle.
Ann Adams will give a free art demonstration at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the museum, while other family members are preparing additional demonstrations for other dates.
The Hall-Adams Family Exhibit will stay on display through December. For more details about it and other things to see at the museum, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, visit www.MacSequim.org or phone 360-683-8110.