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Our mission is to introduce new artists to the public. The artists below and more on the way are some of the most talented people on the Northwest Coast
Shirod Younker

Meet Shirod Younker - a local NW Native Artist that participated in the Indigenous Experience NW 2013 . . . last year he donated art to raise funds for the Traditional Native Games, and he gave his time and advice for the 2014 event.

Shirod Younker is a Portland-based printmaker and member of the Coquille Indian Tribe who plans to bring workshops to Native youth in both rural and urban communities throughout the coming year. Exploring such techniques as relief cut printmaking, monotype, and drypoint, Younker will offer all these techniques in workshops coordinated with arts organizations and tribal youth programs. His efforts to bring contemporary art to outlying communities will introduce new avenues of expression for Native youth. Working with a knowledge of traditional design and art from along the Columbia River, Willamette Valley and Southern Oregon Coast, Younker draws from a host of source material to create prints that explore a wide range of formal and political themes, exploring traditional weaving patterns as well as figurative scenes with historical and contemporary resonances. Having received a BFA in sculpture from Oregon State University, Younker works as a summer program manager for “Journeys in Creativity” at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. He has received a number of commissions, including an illustration series for the Oregon Department of Education and a commemorative print for the Mill Luck Salmon Celebration, “Miluk” being the language used by Coos and Coquille people from his area.

Toma Villa

Toma Villa was born in Oklahoma. Raised in Portland and is a registered member of Yakama Nation. He is a student at Portland State University and is working towards a BFA in Art Practices. Toma is continually sharpening his artistic talent that began at a young age. Drawing inspiration from his culture and heritage, art has transformed his sense of identity. With a passion for mediums in airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture and iron casting, Toma is truly an artist that connects with each piece he produces.

This body of work is inspired by his passion for the river and his fisherman experience on the Columbia River.

His abilities in art range from graffiti art, iron casting, painting, airbrushing, printmaking, sculpture and design. The roots of his art have always been graffiti art. He gets a lot of his inspiration from various places, from cities he has traveled to and paintings he has seen such as Salvador Dali’s work in a museum or Saber’s murals on the streets. He also uses his life experiences as a fisherman and has encapsulated his work in some of his art.

He believes the world is so big yet so small and wishes to see it all.
I feel that you can never dream too big and always look forward to the future. Some thing’s may seem impossible, but if you make a plan in life you will succeed.
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Dan Friday
Daniel Friday has grown up in the northwest his whole life. A shinning product of the studio glass movement, Friday has cultivated his artistic tool box from a strong infleunce from where he grew up, the Pacific North West. Craft, Form and Idea drive Dan's work from conception to object. Taught by making work for Artists like Dale Chihuly, to name one of many, gave Daniel the craft to make his own art very well, a privilage of a childhood in Seattle. Dan's work is in private collections Internationally.
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