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“Totem Power”, a collection of paintings honoring Katherine Taylor’s totem power animals, opens July 3 from 4-7pm, at Tumalo Art Co. in the heart of the Old Mill District.
The Native American term “totem” means a sacred being or object, often symbolized by an animal that is used to guide an individual. Animals that repeatedly show up in a person’s dreams or real-life interactions offer that individual wisdom qualities that are unique to that creature.
The choice of the “totem” theme for Katherine’s July show turned out to be serendipitous as a global pandemic unfolded throughout the world . “As I painted each animal over these last three months, I drew on the powerful spirit qualities of them to help me cope.” For instance, the totem quality of a lion is said to be courage and strength. The lamb, innocence and forgiveness. A butterfly, grace and the ability to accept change. Each painting became a calming emblem for Katherine as she created it.
Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in Bend’s Old Mill District open 10-7, Monday-Saturday and Sunday, 11-6. tumaloartco.com; 541-385-9144