The Washington State Historical Society presents an artist spotlight with Dan Friday.
Meet artist Dan Friday (Lummi) as he describes the creation and inspiration behind his works Owl Totem and Forager Totem featured in the 2020 IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition.
Friday’s work Cedar Star Basket, featured in the 2019 annual IN THE SPIRIT exhibitin, was selected for the Spirit of the Northwest Award, People’s Choice Award, and the Purchase Prize winner and is now in Washington State Historical Society’s permanent collection.
From Dan’s artist statement:
“When I saw glass blowing for the first time, it felt as though I grew an inch! That is to say, a huge weight was lifted from my shoulders. I had finally figured out my path. This was no small feat for someone who, as a youth, was rebellious and misguided. Glass altered my life. In spite of my colorful past, and by the grace of a loving community, I found my passion in glass.
“Living as an artist may not be directly saving the world, but perhaps we are saving ourselves and hopefully, in the process, making the world a better place.”