Jamestown S'Klallam's Johnson Family Art Collection Topic of Feb. 28 Studium

Peninsula College’s February 28 Studium Generale audience will have a rare opportunity to hear members of the Johnson Family of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in Sequim talk about artwork and artifacts from their private collections starting at 12: 35 pm in the college’s Little Theater.  Audience and community members will then have the opportunity to meet the presenters and see many of the pieces at a special Artists’ Reception in the Peninsula College Longhouse Art Gallery at 1:30 pm immediately following the Studium Generale program.

In the early 1970s, Peninsula College Trustee Harris “Brick” Johnson gifted the College with a totem pole as a symbol of the partnership between the Tribe and the College. The totem pole, which had been in front of the old Maier Hall building, was carefully removed a few years ago in order to make room for the construction of the new Maier Hall and quietly returned to the family for restoration. Since then Brick’s nephew, Terry Johnson, has led the effort to prepare the pole for its second raising on the Port Angeles campus. The ceremony is scheduled for 2014.

To honor Brick, the family put together a collection of art and artifacts that make up the current exhibition in the Peninsula College Longhouse Art Gallery. Included among the pieces are Brick’s original orca paddle and several pieces that celebrate the family’s signature “happy crab.”

The exhibition will run through April and can be viewed Tuesday through Thursday from 8:00 to 11:00 am. The Gallery will be closed March 22 to 31 for spring break.