Pomo Weavers Society Artists Featured in Ukiah Corner Gallery Windows – The Ukiah Daily Journal

November is Native American Awareness Month, the perfect time for the Corner Gallery to feature the Pomo Weavers Society in its windows.

Silver Galleto, founding member of the group, is very happy to have this opportunity to raise public awareness. He wants to let people know that the Pomo weavers are active and trying to revive many of their traditions, especially basket weaving, which have not been fully practiced for decades.

This exhibit will feature a wide variety of contemporary baskets made by Pomo artists from three counties: Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma. Additionally, there will be other woven items such as a dowry bag and photos of the collection process and PWS members restoring this part of their rich heritage.

Silver is a passionate teacher of Pomo weaving. He is always looking for more Pomo students so he can teach people the traditional skills and then enable them to teach others. Over the past three years, the Pomo Weavers Society has created many mentors who are now actively teaching the skills to others. “It’s my dream,” Silver says, “because one person can’t do it all.”

This exhibit will feature a wide variety of contemporary baskets made by Pomo artists from three counties: Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma.

The growing group of mentors represents a wide range of ages…the youngest is pre-teen and there are several seniors. Silver says it’s never too late to learn. He adds, “I wish I had started teaching earlier, but it took me a while to get started.” Now he has been doing this for several decades. Silver’s enthusiasm is contagious… he says, “I’m so glad there are so many people out there who want to learn and come together now.” We want hundreds of weavers to continue our traditional greatness. He continues: “I am passionate about tradition and culture. I believe that reviving our traditional ways will not only strengthen our people, but also make our ancestors proud in the process.

Corine Pearce also has a lot of baskets that will be on the show. She started weaving around the same time as Silver when she was 9 years old. Although they both had been weaving for many years, their paths never crossed. When they finally met, they were both surprised to learn that other people were weaving, as they both thought they were alone.

The Pomo Weavers Society is a new group that started in 2019, just before the pandemic. The group had only met in person twice before the pandemic hit and everything was shut down. “Out of necessity,” Corine explains, “we changed the way basket weaving was taught…we did online videos and had zoom calls instead of teaching with the traditional mentor in person.” Somehow on the other hand, we survived and now we look forward to moving forward with more members committed to preserving this beautiful art form that is our heritage.”

The artists participating in the show are: Robin Meely, Martina Morgan, Melody Williams, Katie Williams Elliott, Meyo Maruffo, Patricia Franklin, Buffie Schmidt, Silver Galleto and Corine Pearce.

The first Friday opening celebration for this show will be held November 4 from 5-8 p.m. at the Corner Gallery, 201 S. State St. in Ukiah. Live flute music will be featured throughout the evening.

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