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Sherwood Valley Casino hosts Creative at the Casino

9 September 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- For the first time in the world of casino gaming, Sherwood Valley Rancheria Casino and the Willits Center for the Arts have teamed up to present “Creative at the Casino” to showcase the region, Native American Culture and the playful expression of creativity, color and composition through the eyes of local artists. This will be the first year of an ongoing collaboration which will feature curated work of selected local artists to show on the walls of the casino as well as sculpture displayed on the grounds of the property. The collaboration will start in September of 2019 and will feature a different artist every quarter.

“We are excited to be joining the Willits Center for the Arts in promoting not only this beautiful region, but very talented and locally inspired artists as well,” said Barry Weiss, celebrity, art collector and official spokesperson of the casino. “This effort will add beautiful, collectable art to the casino’s walls, provide valuable exposure to great artists, and would not be possible without the WCA’s commitment and willingness to curate an ongoing show in our public spaces,” remarked Weiss. “The Center for the Arts is excited about this partnership with Sherwood Valley Casino and further promote the art movement in our area,” said Gary Martin, curator of the Willits Center for the Arts. “The casino and the Tribe have been very important patrons of ours over the years, and the casino space will provide an innovative canvas and alternative platform for displaying local artists’ work to the people who visit our city and the casino.”

To kick off the partnership, the Center’s board of directors selected the designs of a Native American artist to be featured for the next quarter: Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya.

Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya was born in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1956. At the age of nine his family moved to San Francisco, California. His artistic abilities have been with him since his youth. As he made his way through school, this creativity was encouraged by his family and instructors. He lived in the San Francisco bay area until his move up to Humboldt County where he attended College of the Redwoods. It was there he entered the Native American Studies Program and began his involvement with other native peoples in securing their culture and history. “It was at this time that I fully understood how much the native people in our family’s history was important in creating the foundation for my own life.” He also began to paint using acrylics, his work making the most of ideas and inspiration from the native environment he was now a part of. His art, from its inception, represents the evolution of immersion in native teachings as it traced its way through ceremonies and the everyday part of his own personal life. Ikoshy has never had any formal art training. “I was born with my artistic abilities and my elders, the sweat lodge and related ceremonies, have been my art instructors”, he states.

The artist reception will be held at the casino on Friday, 4 October 2019 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It will be free and open to the public and give the community and casino patrons the opportunity to meet the artist in person. In order to kick off the event with the appropriate fanfare, the first 100 guests who attend the event will receive a signed Giclee print of the artist’s work for free.

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