Recently, I was approached by the executor of the estate of Susana Santos/Yakama Tygh Valley. Susana was a well known painter, sculptor, and writer, dedicated to interpreting the rich legacy of Native people. She was also a tireless advocate for the rights of indigenous children and tribal fishing. In Susana’s short life, she created a large body of work. Since she had passed over a decade ago, I was asked to create opportunities for new clientele.
I approached Pendleton Woolen Mills. They chose the painting by Susana, Rodeo Sisters, to create a blanket for their Legendary Series and a mug from the painting image.
Next I approached different museums about a show of Susana’s work. The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center created a show of Susana’s work, Woman of Vision which opened May 31st and will run until the end of December 2019.
Opening new doors for Susana’s work, my goal is to increase clientele for her work. I also added to my own website, Susana’s work https://bonniekahngallery.com/