Nez Perce art show set for Oct. 2 at lodge

<I>Elane Dickenson/Chieftain</I><BR>Ledger art, such as this 2009 piece by artist Cheryl Grumlose, is among traditional art forms that find ready buyers at the annual Nez Perce in the Wallowa art show.

Nez Perce Art in the Wallowa feature Nez Perce and Columbia Plateau tribal art and artists for the 14th year this weekend.

For the first time the Saturday, Oct. 2, art event will be held entirely at Wallowa Lake Lodge, starting with an artists' reception, art show and auction from noon to 4 p.m. In the past, the art show dinner has moved to Joseph, but this year will remain at the lodge, starting at 6 p.m. Because of the more limited seating the salmon and buffalo dinner was already sold out as of press time

Viewing at the afternoon art show is free and open to the public, and anyone who enjoys native art will be able to bid on unique contemporary and traditional art pieces in both the silent and oral auctions. Most art-buyers felt they received real bargains in past years.

"We never really know ahead of time what artists will be able to attend, but we always have beautiful art," said Beulah Wynans, manager of the Wallowa office of the Wallowa Band Nez Perce Trail Interpretive Center, Inc.,which sponsors the annual art show.

Among artists expected to attend the show will be photographer Pat Walters of Studio 471, who took the photo of a traditional basket for the art show poster this year, and storyteller/artist Ed Emso, who will also provide cultural entertainment . For information: 541-886-3101 or (www.wallowanezperce.org).

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