Charlo photos at Gallery 2010

Enumclaw once again welcomes photographer Bob Charlo/Kalispel Nation to Gallery 2010.

His exhibit opens today, Wednesday, at Enumclaw City Hall and continues through Nov. 30.

Enumclaw gave a salute to Charlo two years ago when he was added to the Enumclaw Walk of Fame. Charlo’s exhibit will feature a range of his works through time. A public reception will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Charlo took this famous photograph, Nespelem, in summer 1992 on the Colville Reservation in central Washington. While attending the annual powwow in the small community of Nespelem, he spotted the lone teepee set against the dramatic cloud formation. Through the years, he has answered many questions about the photograph, particularly about what it represents and how viewers should interpret the American flag flying over the teepee.

“To me it represents that we – Native People – are still here and still vibrant,” Charlo said. “We are not a conquered people. We are a contributing people.”

The photograph brought Charlo added fame when it became the signature piece for the 2009 PBS documentary “We Shall Remain.”

Charlo holds a fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, N.M., a bachelor of arts from the University of Washington, and a master’s in education from Antioch College. He owns and operates Buffalo River – Fine Art Photography and teaches photography to tribal and at-risk youth. Charlo spent his early years on the Kalispel Indian Reservation and currently lives in Auburn.

Artists have been selected by the arts commission for exhibit attn. Gallery 2010.

The city of Enumclaw is currently seeking artists for 2011 exhibits. Please call the Cultural Programs office at 360-802-0239 for information.

Hours for the exhibition space are 8 a. m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Enumclaw City Hall is closed on national holidays. The gallery is closed to the public Tuesday of each week for municipal court proceedings.

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