What better way to relax and unwind during the busy Holiday Season than exhibiting in a beautiful art show in DTLA? I was thrilled to be included in the Tribe Project‘s ‘The Roots that Crack the Concrete’ Indigenous Peoples Art Show! My boss, Linda Wehrli encourages me to indulge my passion for painting.

Founder, Sequoia Tiger Moon is from the Choctaw Tribe of Oklahoma.

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Sequoyah Tiger Moon


For those that don’t know of this wonderful organization, here is a little background, penned by Tiger Moon:

“As a young girl growing up with my people, I noticed right away both the infinite magic of my culture and the horrific devastation. I lost many friends at a young age to suicide and drug overdose. As I grew, the statistics grew too. Today we currently hold the highest suicide rate in the Nation by age 15. It’s 12x more than all minorities put together! We also hold the highest drug addiction rate and the highest dropout rate and we only make up 3% of America’s population! I could no longer sit on the sidelines and hope for the best. It’s time to do something!

I asked the youth “What do YOU want to do?” and the answers came back the same as any other kids would answer. “I want to make a movie”, “I want to be an actress”, “I want to make a music video”………This we could help make happen.

 I began TRIBE in March 2016 and have gathered a great team (or should I say, Tribe). Our goal is to help inspire emerging and established Indigenous artists to express themselves, by providing as many platforms to showcase and bridges we possibly can. We look forward to the future of this intention and collaboration and thank you for your time you have taken to explore our TRIBE!”

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The artists’ reception was held at Angel City Brewery in the lovely DTLA Arts District on Thursday, November 14 from 6-9 PM. There were 14 artists including myself displaying beautiful artwork related to the Indigenous Peoples. Here is my oil painting from the show-


Jessica Lee Sanders

Jessica Lee Sanders

Jessica Lee Sanders

Here are some shots of the lovely artwork-


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Tribe Project not only promotes fine art but also film! For the past 3 years, they have held an Indigenous Film Fesitval called “Through My Eyes”, a Festival celebrating indie-geniuses from around the world.
For festival updates including film announcements, special discount codes, and live performances reveals, follow TRIBE Project on Facebook. If you would like to donate to this great organization’s mission, please click here.
Missed the gallery opening? No worries! The show runs through December 8th, 2019.
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Pastimes For a Lifetime Art and Piano School is located in Valley Glen, California. 818-766-0614. School is open Tuesday – Saturday year-round, except major holidays.
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