Photography featuring Indigenous women on display at college’s Longhouse

PORT ANGELES — Artwork by Ashley Frantz is on display in ʔaʔkʷustəŋáw̕txʷ House of Learning, Peninsula College Longhouse through April 18.

Frantz will talk about her work during Studium Generale at 12:35 p.m. Feb. 29 in the Little Theater on the college’s Port Angles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

A free artist reception will be held later that day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Peninsula College Longhouse.

A Makah tribal member, Frantz was born and raised in Port Angeles and graduated from Peninsula College and The Evergreen State College’s Native Pathways Program, according to a press release.

While attending Peninsula College, she was the Overwatch captain on the Esports team.

Frantz enjoys photography and working with fiber arts and recently started knitting with cedar rope.

Her artwork will be on display in the Longhouse, which focuses on healing through relationships with identity, celebrating womanhood and coming into your age, organizers said.

Frantz said her inspiration for this art collection comes from the Indigenous women she has created connections with throughout her life. The artwork features matriarchs and women making a difference in the community.

“It feels beautiful to be a part and mentored by them,” Frantz said.

She encourages aspiring artists to follow what they like and to not be afraid of asking others for advice.

Winter quarter Longhouse gallery hours are from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and by appointment.

For more information or to schedule a tour, contact longhouse@pencol.edu or call 360-417-7992.

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