“Sacred Reflections” presents artist Ellen Taylor at the Warm Springs Museum from April 8 to May 29
The vibrant and colorful work of art by Umatilla artist Ellen Taylor opens Thursday, April 8 in a new exhibit, “Sacred Reflections” at the Warm Springs Museum.
“I wanted to bring Ellen Taylor’s work here to inspire and share a different artistic perspective from an artist from one of our sister tribes, Umatilla,” said Natalie Kirk, Exhibitions Coordinator.
“Sacred Reflections: The Art of Umatilla Artist Ellen Taylor” will be on display at the museum until Saturday, May 29 and will present 42 works of art. Some pieces are for sale while others are on loan from various collectors. The exhibit features Taylor prints, painted rocking horses, painted cowboy hats, acrylic on canvas work, painted deerskin jackets, a beaded cradle, and other media.
Kirk, who has been the Warm Springs Museum Exhibits Coordinator for 24 years, was visiting the Tamastslikt Cultural Center in Pendleton a few years ago. Taylor’s art was on display in the Changing Gallery.
“I was blown away by the vivid colors, the beautifully painted images and the hats. I was like, ‘We have to host this, more people need to see this!’” Said Kirk. “Ellen is a contemporary Aboriginal artist and I encourage everyone to attend this one-of-a-kind exhibition.
Taylor is a contemporary Indigenous artist and member of the Confederate Cayuse-Umatilla-Walla Walla Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton. She has been painting since she was in elementary school. Taylor said his art “comes from visions, feelings, experiences of life, death, turmoil, the new birth, illness, relationships and the history of life.” .
Taylor is known for the innovative way her ideas are done on canvas, each originating from a different place in her heart, but woven together in perfect harmony. Taylor described his art as “Picasso meets Native American contemporary art type in Andy Warhol’s living room type”.
Taylor says, “The perfect balance is finding the time to create, articulate and harmonize these ideas on the canvas, in an otherwise busy life. ”
The Warm Springs Museum typically has two special exhibitions each year, often in the spring and summer during Pi-Ume-Sha celebrations when the museum receives many visitors. Warm Springs Museum executive director Elizabeth Woody said the 2020 special exhibits have been rescheduled for this year.
The museum sold Taylor’s t-shirts, prints and posters in the gift shop, and Woody said they sold out quickly. The gift shop also carries an exclusive Ellen Taylor exhibit t-shirt.
“For 28 years, the Warm Springs Museum has proudly showcased the work of artists not only from the Warm Springs community, but also regionally and nationally recognized artists,” said Woody. “Ellen’s innovation is phenomenal, and the way her ideas come to the web is unlike any other. Visitors can expect to experience Ellen’s incredible outpouring of creativity and be inspired by her immense talent.”
Art by Umatilla artist Ellen Taylor will be on display at the Warm Springs Museum from April 8 to May 29.
Address: 2189, route 26, Warm Springs
Hours: 9 am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday
Admission: $ 7 for adults; $ 6 for people aged 60 and over; $ 4.50 for students aged 13 to 18; and $ 3.50 for children 5 to 12 years old. Group rates available.
You depend on us to stay informed and we depend on you to fund our efforts. Good local journalism takes time and money. Please support us to protect the future of community journalism.