Voices from the Rez | Programs


Meet the Artist: Johnny “Bear” Contreras

Friday, June 17, 2022; 6 - 8pm | Free

Artist Johnny “Bear” Contreras, Kumeyaay from the San Pasqual Reservation, will be in Wisteria Cottage gallery to meet the public. An accomplished sculptor and artist, Contreras created two sculptures especially for the current exhibit Voices from the Rez. On Wisteria’s front lawn, you can view The Return of the Kumeyaay Creators and inside the gallery, I’m No Tonto.

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Gordon Johnson: A Reading from His Works

Sunday, July 10, 2022; 6 – 8pm | Free

Bring your lawn chair and join us at Wisteria Cottage as we listen to writer Gordon Johnson, Cahuilla/Cupeño from the Pala Reservation, as he reads from his works. His words like songs, Johnson has written three books and is a former newspaperman who worked as a feature writer and columnist. His books are Rez Dogs Eat Beans, Fast Cars and Frybread and Bird Songs Don’t Lie. Wisteria Gallery will also be open for viewing current exhibit Voices from the Rez, where Johnson is presented as one of ten artists.

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A Musical Evening with Tracy Lee Nelson

Sunday, August 21, 2022; 6 – 8pm | Free

Tracy Lee Nelson, Luiseño/Diegueño/Kumeyaay from the La Jolla Reservation, is a blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and artist. Nelson creates hard-hitting lyrics and music about Native blues such as Uncle Sam, Natives No Respect and Commodity Blues. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy his original songs and stories at Wisteria Cottage. Nelson is one of ten artists in the current exhibit Voices from the Rez, which will be open for viewing.

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