Photo courtesy of the Confluence Gallery
“Lace in the Sky” by Kalindi Kunis is one of the works that will be on exhibit.

Confluence Gallery opens a new exhibit this week that features works by an array of contemporary Native American artists. “Snk’lip Nc’aps: Coyote Winked” opens with a free reception on Saturday (May 26) from 5-8 p.m. at the gallery in Twisp.

Also opening on Saturday is a solo exhibit by artist Kalindi Kunis. “Inflorescence” will be in the community gallery. Both exhibits continue through June 30.

“Snk’lip Nc’aps: Coyote Winked” is presented in partnership with the Methow Valley Interpretive Center. Guest curator Roberta Haines is member of the Wenatchi People, one of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, and a past curator at the Burke Museum.

The exhibit will feature new works from Native American artists of the geographic area defined by the natural boundaries of the Cascades and the Rockies, otherwise known as the Plateau Peoples. A diverse selection of artists and mediums will bridge traditional and contemporary art-making of the Plateau people.

“The Plateau Peoples are the original inhabitants of the geographic area defined by the natural boundaries of the Cascades and the Rockies,” Haines said in a press release. “On one level, presenting Plateau Peoples art in the Methow Valley is showing it ‘at home.’ On another, it is recognition of something missing that is returned. There is a dialectic at play here between our various perceptions of place and belonging, of stationary permanence and indigenous migration, of loss and worth. I want the exhibit to stimulate a quest, both visual and visceral.”

Featured artists include Carol Orr, Cheryl Grunlose, Diane Covington-Haines, Frank Andrews III, Emma Noyes, Jeff Ferguson, Julie Edwards, Ric Gendron, Roxanne Best, Shawn Brigman and Steve Noyes.

Seattle-based Kunis earned a BFA in natural science illustration and printmaking at U.C. Santa Cruz and continued her pursuit of natural science art. “It all comes my fascination with the flowers of weeds, like fennel, dandelion, Queen Anne’s lace and, of course, like any artist the great big blue skies and stars of the high desert,” Kunis said in a press release. “This show is a celebration of the success of the weeds among us in all of their glory, celebrated and draped in jewels and webs of golden and gems.”

Inflorescence, by definition, means the “delicately powerful structure of the flowers on a plant.”

For information, call 997-2787 or visit www.confluencegallery.com.