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Native artists featured at North Coast Gallery

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MCKINNLEYVILLE, Calif. – The North Coast Gallery will feature recent paintings and prints of local Native artists Lyn Risling and Julian Lang throughout February. The gallery will host an artist’s reception during the McKinleyville Art Night Feb. 20 from 6 - 8 p.m.

Risling’s paintings reflect her Karuk, Yurok and Hupa cultural traditions recalling stories, ceremonies and the natural world. Combining color and local tribal designs her work weaves past and present in a dreamlike quality.

“My art speaks of renewal, transformation and new beginnings, as well as continuation of old tribal beliefs and ways,” Risling said of her work. She, with support through Native Culture Fund, has conducted several painting and mural projects for Native youth in collaboration with the American Indian Academy, the Wiyot Tribe’s Youth Program, and United Indian Health Services.

Lang’s work includes a series of small and medium-sized acrylic paintings. Geometric and figurative motifs are used to present snapshots of local Native traditional knowledge.

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“I let the paint and design dictate the painting’s meaning. My titles become poetic road signs to help the viewer see what happened in the studio.” Lang is currently conducting animation workshops with students of the Klamath River School with support by the Native Cultures Fund as well as art and traditional singing workshops at Two Feathers Native American Family Services in McKinleyville.

Risling and Lang exhibit regularly in several local galleries, including the Ink People galleries, the Piante Gallery, Westhaven Center for the Arts, and Studio “S”. Currently, their work is included in the multi-year traveling exhibition of noted California Native artists and poets, “Sing Me Your Story,” now in its third year.

North Coast Gallery and Art Framing is located in the McKinleyville Shopping Center in McKinleyville, Calif. More information is available by calling the gallery at (707) 839-4411.

View work by Lang and Risling.