In Confidence Firehouse Gallery | 487 Main Street Placerville, CA | Monday - Thursday, 11 am - 4 pm

In Confidence Firehouse Gallery | 487 Main Street Placerville, CA | Monday - Thursday, 11 am - 4 pm

Birds of a Feather features the works of local Native California Indian artists Jeremy Peconom, Meyo Marrufo, Kai LaPena, and Jaime Lanouette.

Brought to you in partnership with concept: art + movement, a project of Arts and Culture El Dorado’s Arts Incubator program, Birds of a Feather offers a glimpse into the practice of Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and the continuum of California Native Cultural Arts. This exhibition features the post-contact utilitarian artistry of Jeremy Peconom (Mt. Maidu), alongside fellow TEK practitioners Meyo Marrufo (Eastern Pomo), Kai LaPena (Wintu) and Jaime Lanouette (Nisenan).

“As a Native California Indian artist,” states Peconom, “the title of this art show was carefully chosen to express the internal connection all California Native Indians have with our environment and traditional lands. Although we have many distinct cultural differences in dialects within California, one thing remains constant and true. As California Natives we are all interconnected, not just through genetics, but spiritually with our generational connection to Mother Earth. So in essence we are all feathers from the same bird.”

The works on display embody the gifts of the land and the artist’s transformative labor. This gathering of individuals, ranging from emerging artists to well-known practitioners, provides a glimpse into the Tribal landscapes of the region and the active connections that have been maintained for millennia. From pre-and post-contact utilitarian tools, garments, adornment, and regalia to contemporary digital illustrations, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity to appreciate the depth of relationship of the artists to their materials, and to each other. Not only do Peconom, Marrufo, LaPena, and Lanouette share in common their ancestral ties to the land, as students and teachers, they are also connected through their contributions to the continuous flowering of contemporary cultural arts in the region.

 Thursday, May 20, 6 pm, Artist Talk

Log in to our panel discussion with the artists via Zoom. Learn more about their work and ask your own questions! Check back for Zoom link.

Saturday, May 22, 1-4 pm, Meet the Artist

Lead Artist Jeremy Peconom in residence at Confidence Firehouse Gallery, available to answer your questions and discuss his work.

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