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Postmark Gallery

Postmark LogoPostmark Center for the Arts is a rotating gallery space located in Auburn, Washington. The building was built in 1937 and served as Auburn's first post office but since has been converted into a hub for arts and culture. The main floor is dominated by a gallery and gathering space. The original post-office vault has been transformed into an inspiring and unique art installation space, The Vault Gallery. Exhibits rotate quarterly, and focus on providing art from a variety of backgrounds and interpretations.  

Please visit our Visitor Information page for more. 


Current Exhibition 


SISTAHS

 Curated by Marita Dingus
May 9 - July 18, 2024

Sistahs

Photo: Artists at Opening Reception 

SISTAHS celebrates Black women making art from a diverse pallet of materials, from paper, fabric, and paint to cast offs otherwise destined for landfills. Their art is rooted in traditional African and African American techniques and cultural touchstones. The art they produce is a combination of Black storytelling and appreciation of Black beauty.

SISTAHS is an exhibit of four Pacific Northwest artists of African descent. Brenetta Ward is a fabric artist, third-generation quilter, and oral historian. Jite Agbro is known for her colorful figurative artwork featuring layered patterns, sharp contrast, and fabric and paper collage. Debra Harris-Branham conjures the energy of her storytelling into artistic imagery. Marita Dingus is an environmental feminist and mixed-media sculptor focused on using recoverable materials.
The exhibition will be on view from May 9 – July 18, 2024.


Programming


Brenetta

Bits and Bobs

Brenetta Ward and Debra Harris-Branham will lead a bits and bobs workshop on June 27th, 2024, from 2-4PM. Work with reused, recycled, and found materials to create your own artwork.

Brenetta's work uses an array of mixed media elements upon a variety of cloth, Cowrie shells, beads, printed fabric, mud cloth, and other embellishments. Debra’s mixed media pieces are, fantastically, all over the map. From melted plastic, fabric scrolls, and metal assemblages, Debra puts her years of experience taking multitudes of art classes to use. 

Artist Talk

Closing

Join us as we welcome nationally recognized Auburn artist and guest curator Marita Dingus for a talk about Postmark's current show: SISTAHS. Joined by artists Brenetta Ward and Debra Harris-Branham. June 27, 5:30-6:30PM.

A major thematic element for SISTAHS is figurative presence; people, history, and black culture. Debra’s pieces have occurrences of portraiture among elements of aged paper, fabric, and rustic items. Brenetta’s quilts include fabric-printed photographs, imagery of ancestry, black-and-white film shots of cowboys and cowgirls. Marita creates almost entirely figurative work, creating pieces that speak on how slaves were discarded, just like the materials she uses in her work. Jite Agbro, collages together paper and fabric scraps to create her larger-than life encaustic assemblages.

Closing Reception

Closing Reception

Meet the artists at our closing reception on Thursday, July 18 from 5:00 - 6:30 PM. 

SISTAHS, all about Black storytelling and Black beauty. In Marita’s curator statement, she explains that SISTAHS celebrates Black women making art from a diverse palette of materials, from paper, fabric, and paint to cast offs otherwise destined for landfills. Their art is rooted in traditional African and African American techniques and cultural touchstones. Each of these artists, all from the Pacific northwest, have contributed artwork that speaks to this statement, their own life experience, and use of materials. The tables in the staging room have every inch of space covered with enduring passion for Black art. Please join us in this final celebration. 


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