Quoth the raven … 'Come to Confluence Gallery to see a new exhibit opening on Saturday.' Janet Fagan painting courtesy Confluence Gallery

Quoth the raven … ‘Come to Confluence Gallery to see a new exhibit opening on Saturday.’ Janet Fagan painting courtesy Confluence Gallery

By Ann McCreary

Give Me Just One Look by Judith Smith

Give Me Just One Look by Judith Smith

Among different cultures throughout history, ravens have been seen as heroes and troublemakers, tricksters and transformers, harbingers of good and evil.

A powerful symbol and subject of mythology, folklore, art and literature, ravens are the inspiration for an art exhibit with an opening reception on Saturday (April 26) at Confluence Gallery and Art Center in Twisp.

Thirty artists explore the nature of ravens through a variety of media including painting, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, wall hangings and fabric.

Raven by Gillian Freney.

Raven by Gillian Freney.

“Ravens are in our valley and we live with them. Most people are intrigued by the behavior of the raven,” said Suzi Jennings, a clay artist who curated the show with painter Mary Lou McCollum.

“We have several pieces in the show inspired by Native American lore, stories and myths,” Jennings said.

In conjunction with the show, artist Bruce Morrison will teach a workshop in making a raven headdress in the style of Northwest tribes.

The class will be held May 17, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the gallery for students eight years and older. Parents and children are welcome to attend together, Jennings said. Cost of the class is $35.

An opening preview party and artist reception will be from 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. The show will run through May 31.