Brackenwood Gallery

A gallery on Whidbey Island, WA representing the very best in fine arts and crafts from the pacific northwest.

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Using Braille with carving and painting on Raku fired clay, artist Joan Govedare explores the book “The Thirteen Original Clan Mothers” by Jamie Sams. She has created one ceramic vessel for each chapter in the book.  The book carries the perspective of age-old Indigenous female wisdom handed down from generation to generation. This series focuses on thirteen different ways of relating to Truth. The first chapters all lead to the final chapter, which is about Being Truth. Each piece is accompanied by a card that the artist designed honoring  the specific Clan Mother and  the guidance they offer.

Govedare has been making pottery for over 45 years. A signature characteristic of her work is the use of accurate constellations. This was inspired by her father, an avid astronomer. Because each vase speaks to a specific month of the year, each one includes the two appropriate zodiac constellations and the thirteenth piece incorporates all twelve.

On display through July.

Artist reception Friday July 3rd, from 5—7 pm


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