The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders Exhibition Comes to Chico’s Museum of Northern California Art

By: Lisa | November 30 2021

NEWS ADVISORY

 

The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders Exhibition

Comes to Chico’s Museum of Northern California Art

In the Spirit of Henry Azbill, Mechoopda Elder/Historian, 1899-1973

 

WHAT:  

In collaboration with the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria and the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders: California Contemporary Native Arts Now and Then exhibition will be featured at the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) from December                2, 2021, through January 23, 2022.

The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders, curated by Meyo Murrufo and Jennifer Bates, showcases artists at the forefront of today’s California cultural arts.

The exhibition will honor the spirit of Henry Azbill, Mechooopda Tribal Elder and Historian (1899-1973), who is widely known throughout the Chico community for his prolific public outreach and mentoring.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor Henry Azbill’s legacy in this spectacular way,” said Arlene Ward, Mechoopda Tribal Elder and Historian. “Henry was tremendously impactful in influencing the traditional cultural revival of the Mechoopda people and continues to inspire our people today,                especially our youth. This exhibition is a true reflection of the spirit of Henry and his unwavering commitment to preserving our culture.”

The exhibition’s opening reception will be held on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., where there will be a welcome and blessing by Mechoopda Tribal Chairman Dennis Ramirez. The reception will also feature traditional tribal singers and refreshments.

 

Extended Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 3                         Opening Reception

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.                                monca
 

Saturday, December 11                  Indian Art Market

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                monca
                                                           

Sunday, December 19                     Artists Conversations via Zoom

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.                                  The PWT Project
 

Saturday, January 8                       Artists Talk Live

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.                                 In the Spirit of Henry Azbill: Influencing the Artists’ Journeys
 

Sunday, January 23                        Closing Reception

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.                                  monca

 

*Interviews are available in advance of the exhibition opening and opening reception.

 

WHEN:

Exhibition Dates: December 2 – January 23

Opening Reception: December 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

 

WHERE:

The Museum of Northern California Art (monca)

900 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926

                       

CONTACT: 

Doug Elmets

(916) 329-9180

Doug@Elmets.com

 

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