Barbara Kramer Gallery

Indigenous People in Portraits
from
Americans Who Tell The Truth

by Robert Shetterly

Portrait of Sherri Mitchell

Robert Shetterly’s Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits and narratives highlight citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental, and economic fairness. About this exhibit of portraits he says, “The American people have been encouraged to be in denial for hundreds of years about all aspects of the native genocide that happened here and continues to happen — taking of land,  stealing and polluting resources, mass extinction, kidnapping children, breaking treaties, and racism. Ironically and fortunately, the native people aren’t gone and now hold the key to survival for all of us including all living species. Native people are a mirror in which we, white people, can see ourselves if we dare. If we dare to look more deeply, we might see the possibility of our own transformation. In that gratitude we may find redemption. It is a curious thing that we have such a hard time choosing life over
exploitation.”

Tuesday September 19th at 6:30 pm Rob will give a talk about this series of portraits;
Sherri Mitchell will join him and speak about her work as an Indigenous rights activist.

 

                                                                                                                                              

About the Gallery:

The Barbara Kramer Gallery at the Belfast Free Library, located on the ground floor, was named in memory of Barbara Kramer who was an ardent supporter of the visual arts in the Midcoast area in the 1980s until her death in 1998. When the library was undergoing a significant expansion in the late 1990s, a group of area residents with the encouragement of the Library Board of Trustees raised funds to create this special exhibition space where art and or other materials relating to the history of the library or Belfast can be displayed.