Silverton rolls out of the Cascades to the west and over valley soils that support sheep farms, tree nurseries, a handful of vineyards and other agriculture. Fifteen miles west lies the state capitol, Salem, and forty-five miles north is Portland. Silverton takes after neither. Depending on where you look, Silverton is a sliver of artistic Ashland, a dash of Dundee wine country and dose of Eugene oddity.
Ancestral connections are everywhere around us, from great-grandfather’s antiquity above the mantle, to traditional recipes made by grandma at Thanksgiving, and the bedtime stories of our youth. The Art through Ancestry project explores these types of ancestral relationships with three Native American artists – Rick Bartow, Pat Courtney Gold and Lillian Pitt.