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Rock Art Perspectives: Pictographs and Petroglyphs


Ancient history intersects with modern art at Idaho Historical Museum's summer exhibit, "Rock Art Perspectives: Pictographs and Petroglyphs."

The exhibition, which is on loan from the High Desert Museum in Bend, Ore., is filled with both archaeological findings and works including sketches, paintings, photos and sculpture inspired by ancient art from the Southwest Great Basin and California.

Native American artist Lillian Pitt, whose ancestors have lived in and around the Columbia River Gorge for more than 1,000 years, will speak at the public opening of the exhibit.

"Everything I do, regardless of medium, honors my ancestors and tries to give voice to the people, the land, the animals of this place," Pitt said. "It is all, for me, about maintaining a link with tradition, about honoring the contributions my ancestors made to this world."

Other featured artists and scholars include Harry Fonseca, Mary Ricks, Michael Frye, Melissa Melero, Carolyn Boyd, Alain Briot and David Muench.

In order to better educate local residents about the role pictographs and petroglyphs have played in art and cultural history, the museum is also offering a series of educational programs throughout the summer for children and adults.

Thursday, May 27, 7 p.m., $3-$5, Idaho Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120,