Art & Conversation

January 19, 2017 @ 9:15 am – 11:15 am

Join us the third Thursday of every month for coffee and conversation followed by a lecture or film screening. This month, master weaver Susan Pavel will discuss the third exhibition to be featured in the Center for Contemporary Native Art: Restoring the Breath—Sacred Relationship, which showcases the revitalization of Coast Salish fiber weaving through 40 years of master and apprentice relationships.

The exhibition is about restoring the breath of an ancient art form and honors the sacred relationship between humans and the natural world and between master and apprentice in the world of Coast Salish weaving. Four accomplished Salish weavers—Chepximiya Siyam (Janice M. George), Skwetsimeltxw (Willard “Buddy” Joseph), Quhla-ay-hlup (Misty Kalama-Archer), and Sa’hLa mitSa (Susan Pavel)—have come together to honor their master teacher Subiyay (Gerald Bruce Miller), known to his students as “Uncle.” Pavel has trained several women who now also apprentice others. Through the hands of only a few, the art practice of Salish weaving is now a thriving cultural art form. Through their work, the weavers and their apprentices celebrate interconnectedness as a source of great strength.

On January 28, Pavel will return to the Museum for her program Weaving Words, which is based on Coast Salish traditions and teachings and invites participants to weave a weft of yarn and share a story beckoning to be told.

Coffee at 9:15 a.m.; lecture at 10:15am. This series is free for adults 62 and over and is made possible through the Marguerite and Harry Kendall Education Fund. Additional support comes from Rick and Erika Miller.


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.