Doe Stahr    <doestahr@raincity.com>

creates North West Coast style pottery and painted felt textiles for event decor. She does installations for Tlingit and Haida events, for area colleges, inter-tribal conferences and social justice fund-raising galas in Washington and Oregon. Rather than selling pieces individually through galleries, she conveys the retail value of her work through fundraising auctions supporting organizations that benefit the native community.  Her artwork serves to make mainstream meeting rooms more culturally welcoming for native events with painted textile installations that take the concept of tribal regalia to the architectural scale. Her artwork is commissioned for regalia, honoring awards, gifted as door prizes, or auctioned to support philanthropic causes.

After a career in commercial interior design in Miami, Florida, Doe moved to the northwest in 1986 and began the work in clay in 1989. She traded in her drafting pens for a Sumi style brush. The ebb and flow of totemic form-line figures spoke to her with their rich complexity and deep spiritual meaning.

It has carried her for 25 years.

Doe enjoyed cultural immersion for seven years in Sitka, Alaska. She now lives in Western Washington. Doe’s work, beginning strictly black and white, has grown to include clay effects that emulate nearly all the art forms of the NW Coastal culture. She goes with clay where no one of them can go in traditional media: primarily, the dinner table. For her touring installation, Vessels of Spirit Dinner Theater, the art is out of the Plexiglas box and well within reach; as it was in the grand days of the pre-contact Potlatch culture. With stoneware and porcelain, she illustrates traditional stories as told by the storyteller who is in line to tell them. Traditional copyright is closely held among the native people. Most of the settings are from a personal-best collection that has grown for fifteen years. As an exhibit, the collection has toured regionally and internationally. The dinner theater show had been produced for the Island county Historical society at a fundraiser for the museum in Coupeville, in Olympia for the Ford Foundation at Evergreen College Longhouse.

2005, MOHAI in Seattle employed it for a private Duwamish tribal fundraising event and show with Gene Tagaban. City officials in attendance formally rescinded 130 year old laws that banned the Duwamish from the city of Seattle.

Respect for Doe’s work has grown through the years to be welcomed at Affiliated Tribes of the North West conferences, and by intertribal philanthropic groups like the Potlatch Fund.

Doe has navigated the complex politics of working ‘behind cultural lines’ for 25 years. By being forthright about her lineage and familial relationship to the Tlingit people, observing cultural protocol and respecting the rule of law about the Indian Art Act, she has earned a reputation as an artist inside Indian country that few non native people have achieved.

Here in the North West, the native spirit is strong and enduring.

I have found inspiration living and raising my daughter among the Coastal People. It is my pleasure to offer the artistic fruits of my cultural experience to enhance your gala events, wedding ceremonies and conferences with steam cleanable hand painted textiles of native cultural iconography.  I also do installations for education, with related workshops.

The table covering collection is large enough for seating for 600 and always growing and further diversifying. Ceramic sculpture and pottery centerpieces take the theme up into the third dimension. I do everything custom, so requests for honoring awards and  speakers gifts, are welcome.

 Please contact me at <doestahr@raincity.com> when you want your event to reflect the our unique tribal styles.