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Join Us for a Silent Auction Benefit for Joe B. -  Friday July 28th.

 For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

 

For two decades, our esteemed colleague and dear friend Joe BenVenuto has dedicated his craft to the glass community in Seattle, including the Preston Singletary Studio,  and abroad. Now he needs our help.

Eight months ago, Joe was diagnosed with an Anaplastic Astrocytoma brain cancer on his thalamus. While there are treatments available and doctors can abate the growth for some time, there is no cure and eventually the tumor will return.

 

What We Are Doing:

We are coming together to raise funds to help Joe heal and recover from months of difficult and hard work, including an intense five-week radiation and chemotherapy treatment and future care. Today, only a portion of Joe’s healthcare insurance is covered by his insurance and for all alternative treatment he must pay 100% of the cost by himself.

 

Our Goal

The funding will allow Joe to:

• Begin alternative and holistic treatment such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) and a cutting-edge IV Therapy treatment based on the most up-to-date research on various nutrients and pharmaco-botanical compounds.

• Health insurance covers no costs for alternative treatment, funding will help to cover these costs in addition to improving and expanding Joe’s current health care plan.

• Take time off from work to focus all his energy to heal his body while keeping and maintaining his home and studio.

• Explore additional western and holistic treatments in the US and beyond.

• Travel and spend time with his family in Ohio.

 

GoFundMe Campaign: www.gofundme.com/UnitedForJoeB

Everyone is invited to join in to help Joe B., no amount is too small! Please share Joe's Story and the GoFundMe link with your family and friends. Contribute now at GoFundMe. 

 

Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show: Friday July 28th, 2017: https://unitedforjoeb.net

An art exhibition and Silent Auction will be held at the Traver Gallery in Seattle on July 28th from 6-10PM. Glass artists in the Seattle community and beyond will come together to donate their work. This is the culminating event of our fundraising efforts. 100% of the funds raised during this event will go directly to Joe, providing vital support of his treatments and recovery.

Featured artists include: Lino Tagliapietra, Dale Chihuly, April Surgent, Dante Marioni, John Kiley, Martin Blank, Kait Rhodes, Nancy Callan, CUD, Sean Albert, Dave Walters, Joe David, Jane Rosen, Jen Elek & Jeremy Bert, Richard Royal. Preston Singletary and many more. 

This event is open to everyone, however RSVP is required. To RSVP and preview pieces for the silent auction click here. 

Singletary pieces include "Spawning Salmon" and "Shrine Figure Set". 

                        Shrine Figure Set

What You Can Do:

Share Joe’s Story – Please share the GoFundMe campaign and the Traver Gallery Pop-Up Show to benefit Joe B. with your family, friends and fellow artists. 

Follow Us: Stay updated on event information on the Preston Singletary Glass Studio Facebook page


On behalf of Joe and friends, thank you for your support.


Contact:

Traver Gallery: Info@travergallery.com
Preston Singletary Studio: Studio@prestonsingletary.com

https://unitedforjoeb.net


Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

Left to Right:  Preston Singletary, Joe BenVenuto and Sean Albert. Photo courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

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Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign Today!

Preston Singletary founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary founded this one-of-a-kind collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic and Talking heads, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Clarissa Rizal, Gene Tagaban and Nahaan.

Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Singletary thought of the name Khu.éex' because of the notion of sharing culture, stories, and music. This is the intent of Khu.éex', to present a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

Following their debut album, The Wilderness Within", the second album “They Forgot They Survived”  will be released on triple vinyl and was created at Avast Studio in Seattle with Randall Dunn (Engineer/Record Producer of the Cave Singers). This new album by Khu.éex’ features Great Northwest Native storytelling driven by the pulse of funk/rock beats. Stay tuned for updates about the future release of the second album by Khu.éex’.

Khu.éex’ is excited to announce that they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help release the second album, “They Forgot They Survived” , after the successful debut album, “The Wilderness Within”. Be part of the first wave of support. Rewards for contributors include glass art by Preston Singletary, music, a chance to meet the band while sitting in during a live recording session and having your name listed in the album credits!

Contribute Today - Kickstarter Campaign Ends Jan. 2nd!

 

 

The Birth of Khu.éex'

Khu.éex’ began with a chance meeting between Preston Singletary and the late Bernie Worrell through a campaign where Worrell was raising funds for a tour bus to bring the music to the people. Singletary invited Worrell to play at his birthday party, where Singletary sang Worrell a traditional Native song to welcome him. Worrell sat down at his keyboards and began improvising on the melody that was still lingering in the air. He created a spontaneous, psychedelic and soulful composition right on the spot that birthed a new direction in his music.

The next day Worrell asked Singletary’s band, “A Little Big Band” (a Native funk/soul band), to be the opening act for his show. After the concert Worrell shared with Singletary that he had several exciting ideas and that they should record together. An amazing union was formed.

 

Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary

 

Band Members

Bernie Worrell – Keyboards - (Cherokee) Worrell played with countless musicians, but most notably was the founding member of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic. He previously played with the Talking Heads and had released many solo records over the years.

Preston Singletary – Bass - (Tlingit) Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He is involved with “A Little Big Band” a Native folk and soul band.

Captain Raab – Guitar - (Blackfoot) Raab has played in the band Red Earth, out of Albuquerque, which is a Native Funk rock band.

Clarissa Rizal – Vocals - (Tlingit) Rizal is a multi media artist and weaver who performs spoken word and sings traditional Native songs. Rizal has been essential in explaining the songs from a traditional context.

Gene Tagaban – Vocals - (Tlingit) Tagaban performs spoken word, traditional singing and storytelling, as well as playing flute. He is an influential storyteller, speaker, mentor and performer within the community.

Skerik – Saxophone- An avant-garde sax player who plays in notable projects including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois and NW supergroup Mad Season.

Stanton Moore – Drums - An accomplished drummer based out of New Orleans, and has played with a wide variety of musicians. Moore is also noted as the founding member of Galactic.

Nahaan – Vocals - (Tlingit) A Tlingit speaker who has been dedicating his time to learning, composing songs and rhyming in the Tlingit language.

Randall Dunn - Producer, Audio Engineer - A highly respected producer who has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang.

 

Learn more about the Khu.éex’ Kickstarter Campaign. Contribute Today ~ Campaign Ends January 2nd!

See band photos, updates, release dates and more at www.khueex.com

Listen to the debut album by Khu.éex’  "The Wilderness Within" 

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The Exhibition at Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer in France

An innovative exhibition of contemporary Alaskan art has arrived at the Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. 

An innovative exhibition of contemporary Alaskan art has arrived at the Château Musée Boulogne-sur-Mer in France. Organized by Alutiiq artist Perry Eaton, a large selection of works by twenty-nine contemporary Alaskan Native artists will enter the collection of the museum, one of the first collections of this type in Europe.  The exhibition, titled "D'une culture a l'autre" — "From One Culture to Another", brought Preston Singletary to France as an artist included in the exhibit.

In Preston Singletary’s words:

“It was an amazing experience meeting scholars from around the world specializing in Alaskan Native "Artifacts". There were Anthropologists from France, Switzerland, Germany, UK, Finland, Russia, Denmark and other regions who are familiar with our Alaskan objects.

The group of artists showed them that we are still here and we created a dialogue about the collections and our ability to access them. We explained that we have critical knowledge, which can enhance their book knowledge of the objects. We gifted a collection of objects to show our good will, in order for them to see the contemporary perspectives we have, to view the new materials we work with and so they can come to understand us even better as contemporary Indigenous people.

It was a unique experience with an audience from around world who were interested in this continuum of our cultural art. If nothing else we turned a few heads. Thank you Perry Eaton for bringing us together and making this happen. I hope that this is just the beginning of the dialogue.”

In France, a New Exhibit Marks First Collection of Contemporary Alaska Native Art in Europe - Alaska Dispatch News.

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Art & Music: Khu.éex’

An inside look at the music of Khu.éex', where Preston Singletary plays bass. 

Art & Music: Khu.éex'

The band Khu.éex' is the brainchild of artist Preston Singletary and legendary innovator Bernie Worrell (previously of Parliament-Funkadelic).

Khu.éex' features spoken word, Native storytelling, and singing, performed with an experimental approach with rock/funk aspects. Our band also performs in traditional regalia and NW coast masks.

Khu.éex' will be raising funds via an Indiegogo campaign starting on Monday February 1st 2016 and ending April 1st, 2016.

 

Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign to help bring Khu.éex's debut album, “The Wilderness Within” to life on double vinyl right now at: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/khuee

Share our story with your friends!

See the Indiegogo Campaign Video


Band Members

Bernie Worrell – Keyboards - (Cherokee) A respected elder who has African American and Cherokee ancestry. He has played with countless musicians over the years, but most notably as the founding member of the legendary Parliament-Funkadelic. He has previously played with the Talking Heads and has released many solo records over the years.

Preston Singletary – Bass - (Tlingit) Singletary has become synonymous with the relationship between European glass blowing traditions and Northwest Native art. He is also involved with “A Little Big Band” a Native folk and soul band.

Captain Raab – Guitar - (Blackfoot) Raab has played in the band Red Earth, out of Albuquerque, which is a Native Funk rock band.

Clarissa Rizal –Vocals - (Tlingit) Rizal is a multi media artist and weaver who performs spoken word and can sing traditional Native songs. She has been essential in providing guidance in explaining the songs from a traditional context.

Gene Tagaban –Vocals - (Tlingit) Tagaban performs spoken word, traditional singing and storytelling, as well as playing flute. He is also an influential storyteller, trainer, speaker, mentor and performer within the community.

Skerik – Saxophone- An avant-garde sax player who plays in notable projects including Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois and NW supergroup Mad Season.

Stanton Moore – Drums - An accomplished drummer based out of New Orleans, and has played with a wide variety of musicians. Moore is also noted as the founding member of Galactic.

Nahaan –Vocals - (Tlingit) An up and coming Tlingit speaker who has been dedicating his time to learning the Tlingit language. He has been composing his own Tlingit songs and rhymes in Tlingit.

Randall Dunn - Producer, Audio Engineer - A highly respected producer who has worked with legendary jazz musicians such as John Zorn and Eyvind Kang.


Stay Connected & Share The Khu.éex' Story:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Koo.eex
Website: www.alittlebigband.com/#!khueex/c206u
Live performance video: https://vimeo.com/149459197

Contribute to the Indiegogo Campaign until April 1st , 2016: https://www.indiegogo.com/at/khueex

 

 

 

 

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A River for All

In partnership with the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, we are calling for a cleanup  of our river that protects the health of all of our communities. Please join us in calling for a comprehensive cleanup that will protect our health and ensure that the Duwamish is A River For All!

The Duwamish is Seattle’s hometown river.

Named for the Native Americans who welcomed settlers to its banks, the river was later straightened and dredged to make way for shipping and industry. 98% of the river’s habitat was destroyed, and the century that followed left a legacy of toxic pollution that continues to poison its fish, wildlife, and exposed communities – including local residents; tribes; and fishing families – today.

In 2001, the Duwamish River was labeled a federal Superfund Site – one of the most toxic sites in the nation. Today, we have an opportunity to clean it up. But it won’t happen without your help. The EPA has proposed a “cleanup” plan that would leave 80% of the contaminated mud behind, posing ongoing risks to the environment and people’s health.

Take action today to help us gain the support of our city, our county, and the EPA for a true cleanup that protects our health.

Help Preston, Macklemore, residents, fishermen, tribal members, workers, and recreational users of Seattle’s Duwamish River to secure a #riverforall!

The Northwest is known for it’s natural beauty and many ways of enjoying the outdoors. I have lived here my whole life and remember the river as an industrial waste dump. The Duwamish River is an important and sacred area for the Duwamish people – I’m glad there is finally interest in cleaning it up. This cleanup is important to show that humans can correct the damage they have done to our natural environment.

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