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Native-American Artist Ric Gendron to Exhibit Paintings at Whitworth University 's Koehler Gallery

An exhibit, "The Boarding School Series," by Native-American painter Ric Gendron (pronounced John-Dro) will be on display at Whitworth University 's Koehler Gallery March 28 through April 27. Located in the Fine Arts Building on Whitworth's campus, the Koehler Gallery is open 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Admission is free. An opening reception for Gendron's exhibit will be held Wednesday, March 27, from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery. The artist will give a talk at 6 p.m. during the opening reception.

Gendron, a member of the Colville and Umatilla tribes, uses his art to convey the hardships suffered by Native Americans, including children who were taken from their homes and sent to boarding schools, where they were punished for speaking their traditional languages and for practicing their religion, Gendron says. Many of the children died at the boarding schools or were never reunited with their families.

"Throughout history, the United States government and the churches have tried to mold Indian people to fit their own ways and beliefs through germ warfare, genocide, relocation, and destruction of traditional hunting, fishing and gathering places, yet the Indian people remain strong," Gendron says.

Gendron's work has been exhibited in numerous locations, including the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz.; Purdue University in Indiana; the Center of Contemporary Arts in Seattle; and the Museum of Native American Culture in Spokane.

For more information about the exhibit, please contact Gordon Wilson at (509) 777-3258.

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