Local freelance photographer Jeff Ferguson’s work will be on display at Peninsula College at Forks from Monday, February 23 through Monday, March 30. The exhibit consists of 16 spectacular color photographs on 20×30 inch canvas, taken at various Inland Northwest Pow Wows over the last three years. Ferguson’s idea was to display imagery that highlights the colorful and intricately detailed, handmade regalia worn by Native American dancers at Native celebrations throughout the Inland Northwest. Much of the regalia consists of various materials including beadwork, porcupine quillwork, buckskin, eagle feathers, ribbons, seashells, and bells. Some of the regalia utilize authentic traditional techniques that require various external and internal parts of animals like beavers, deer, elk, hawks, and many others indigenous to the area. Although some of the regalia is just for show, much of it is functional for traditional everyday life, celebrations, and ceremonies.
This exhibit is made possible by the Potlatch Fund, a community foundation and leadership development organization dedicated to inspiring the Native tradition of giving and expanding philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native communities of the Northwest.
Jeff Ferguson, owner of J. Ferguson Photography, was born in Pullman WA, raised in Spokane, and currently resides in Beaver, WA. He has lived, worked, and traveled extensively throughout the Unites States. He is a Spokane Tribal member who holds an A.A.S. in Photography from Spokane Falls Community College and B.A. in Communications from Whitworth University. He finds much of his inspiration from both the urban and rural areas of the Inland Northwest and his Native heritage, but also from great photographers such as Edward Curtis, Lewis Hine, Richard Avedon, Mary Ellen Mark, Ansel Adams, and Joel Grimes, as well as great visual artists such as Warhol, Monet, Picasso, and Kandinsky. Although most of his work is commercial, editorial, portraiture and sports photography, his passions lie in documentary video, nature and landscape photography, and cultural preservation.
The community is invited to attend a reception with Ferguson Monday, March 16 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. We hope you will join us to hear the stories behind the captivating photos and enjoy light refreshments.
For more information, please contact Deborah Scannell, Site Coordinator at Peninsula College at Forks, at email@example.com or (360)374-3223