Warm Springs Oregon Local Tribal Art Shop, Tananawit, Celebrates Grand Reopening September 2-4
The Tananawit Association promotes the talents of Indigenous artists, from masters to beginners
— Deb Stacona, Executive Director, Tananawit
WARM SPRINGS, OR, USA, Aug 25, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Tananawita non-profit organization dedicated to the Warm Springs artist community, is launching a grand reopening of its art store September 2-4, 2022, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be a sale of a range of works, from paintings and photography to jewelry and beads at the boutique at 3240 Walsey Lane Suite #5, Warm Springs, Oregon 97761.
Tananawit’s goal is to provide educational and economic opportunity by empowering its people and building knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary Native art of the Columbia River Plateau. The store had operated briefly earlier this year and quickly closed, said Deb Stacona, who became the nonprofit’s executive director last month. Along with longtime artist and Tananawit’s new business and outreach coordinator Sara Dowty, the two tribal members of the Confederate Tribes of Warm Springs have made reopening a priority.
“We’ll have outdoor exhibits, and our approximately 500 square foot suite is full of local art,” said Stacona, who previously managed the Museum At Warm Springs gift shop since 1999. “We’re thrilled to support the artists here, promote them and help them grow.
Stacona said she understands the importance of tribal artisans to Oregon’s native tourism industry. “Visitors to the reserve want to take home a piece of Warm Springs,” she said. “Warm Springs is rich in artist cultivators. We have many master artists and we want to support emerging artists as well.”
The work of Tananawit artists reflects their values of family, creativity and Warm Springs culture. Artists are deeply committed to intergenerational knowledge sharing by teaching and transmitting cultural art styles to future generations. “Tanawit’s customers are innovators and their success may depend, at least in part, on our performance,” Stacona said. “Art is an integral part of the cultural identity of many tribal members.”
Tananawit has contacted many artists over the years and formed strong bonds with many of them, with the goal of strengthening this community. The Tananawit Shop accepts art for sale and items are sold on consignment. To make an appointment, email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Tananawit began when a group of Warm Springs tribesmen, mostly artists, got together to consider the idea of forming an arts cooperative. In 2015, the group began working with the Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) and the Oregon Native American Business Entrepreneurial Network (ONABEN). They conducted workshops on marketing, merchandising products and website development. WSCAT helped Tananawit achieve nonprofit status.
The Roundhouse Foundation in Sisters Oregon supports Tananawit through an operations grant, and the nonprofit has received additional support from other foundations, associations, state and federal government agencies, and individuals.
A community of artists in Warm Springs, Tananáwit is a community-based organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for educational and economic development by empowering our people and building knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary Indigenous art from the plateau. Columbia River. More information: https://warmspringsartists.org/
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