Willits Center for the Arts presents Buffie Schmidt and the art of the Pomo Tribe. Paintings, handmade basket weavings, and other crafts by Pomo artisans will be on view from June 25th through July 24th, 2022. A reception for the artists will take place Saturday, June 25th.
The show features Buffie Schmidt, known for being a traditional Pomo dancer, regalia maker, basket weaver, and Pomo Language Teacher at Ukiah High School. Ms. Schmidt is also vice-chairperson for her tribe, Sherwood Valley Rancheria, and the Treasurer of the Inter-Tribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council. This show is being co-curated by Ms. Schmidt. Her Basket work is all made from indigenous California plants. The plants are gathered, cured, and processed. This is also how her ancestors did their weaving.
Also on display will be baskets made from native Willow, hazel, and kelp, and recycled materials by Monique Sonoque.
Meet the Artists Saturday, June 25th between 6 and 9 pm. The gallery is located at 71 East Commercial St. (Next door to the Noyo Theater.) Gallery hours are Friday to Sunday 11am-5pm.