Lower Elwha Klallam artists 'speak out' at heritage center show opening Friday in Port Angeles
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Acrylics by Linda Wiechman are part of the Lower Elwha Klallam art show opening today at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles.
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Roger Fernandes’ “Lady of the Mountain Releases the Salmon” is part of the Lower Elwha Klallam art show opening today at the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — In fluid paintings, carvings and color-saturated canvases, Lower Elwha Klallam tribal members are speaking out.

Beginning Friday and running just one week, an art show will gather these voices — Seattle artist Roger Fernandes along with Port Angeles' Linda Wiechman, Darrell Charles and Alfred Charles Jr. — at the Lower Elwha Klallam Heritage Center, 401 E. First St.

Part of ongoing restoration

The exhibit, free to the public, includes sculptures, prints, paintings and other creations in response to the Elwha River restoration, the ongoing project whose events include removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams.

The opening of this show is set from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. At 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, the artists will engage in a panel discussion about their work and their feelings about the freeing of the Elwha.

Fernandes' print “Lady of the Mountain Releases the Salmon” and Wiechman's painting “Circle of Life” are among the images in the display, to stay up through Friday, May 30, at the heritage center.

The venue is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

'Small, short show'

“We are doing the small and short show,” Fernandes said, “because we plan on doing another show in Seattle, where the original idea for the show started.

“We thought it would be good to share with fellow tribal members, if even for just a week.”

Depending on visitor response, he'll talk with heritage center staff about keeping the exhibition up a little longer.

For details about the show, phone the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center at 360-417-8545.

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Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 20. 2014 8:15PM
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