Valorizing Our Beloveds Workshop Series

Workshop with Storme Webber and Ernestine Hayes

Saturday, September 16, 2017
12:00 – 3:00 pm

Frye Art Studio

Storme Webber invites the community to participate in a workshop facilitating a process of creative remembrance as social and personal history. In this three-session course, participants bring in family photographs to use as a mechanism for considering evidence and imaginings, facts and fiction, and above all to reflect upon the spirits of those who made a way so that we could stand. This is a cross-genre and generative course.

Ernestine Hayes, Assistant Professor of English Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska at Anchorage, and an acclaimed author, will co-facilitate the final September 30 class.

About the Presenters

Storme Webber, a writer, interdisciplinary artist, educator, and curator, was born and raised in Seattle where she attended Lakeside School. She holds an MFA in interdisciplinary arts from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont. She has performed and toured her work internationally, and consistently foregrounds the work of other marginalized artists, most recently founding Voices Rising: LGBTQ of Color Arts & Culture in Seattle. Her poetry collections include Diaspora and Blues Divine. She has been featured in numerous anthologies, including Black Women and Writing: The Migration of Subject, International Queer Indigenous Voices, and The Popular Front of Contemporary Poetry, and in the documentaries Venus Boyz, What’s Right with Gays These Days, and Living Two Spirit. Webber received the 2015 James W. Ray Venture Project Award, which is funded by the Raynier Institute & Foundation through the Frye Art Museum | Artist Trust Consortium. The award supports and advances the creative work of outstanding artists living and working in Washington State and culminates in an exhibition at the Frye Art Museum.

Ernestine Hayes was born and raised in Juneau when Alaska was still a territory. When she was fifteen years old, she and her mother moved to California, where she spent twenty-five long years. When she turned forty, she resolved to go home or die with her thoughts facing north. It took her eight months to get from San Francisco to Ketchikan. She finally made it back home two years later. After returning home, she enrolled at the University of Alaska, eventually receiving an MFA in creative writing and literary arts. She now teaches at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. Hayes belongs to the Kaagwaantaan clan of the Eagle side of the Lingit nation. She has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Storme Webber. I Cover the Waterfront, 2016. Digital prints modified from original ca. 1950s photograph of the artist’s grandmother. © Storme Webber.