Current Exhibit

The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders

Collage of selected Pacific Western Traders paintings
Clockwise from top left: The Basket Dance, Meyo Marrufo, Transforming Earth, Stan Padilla, Meltu from Kadema, Dalbert Castro, He Fishes From Heaven, Kai LaPena, Frank Day Portrait, Frank LaPena, Those Who Sing and Dance, Frank LaPena, They Fly and Dance, Kai LaPena, For Harry, Tiffany Adams

The Spirit of Pacific Western Traders is a showcase for regional Native art and design, bridging a retrospective look at the early days of this American Indian art gallery, with a celebration of the contemporary artists and culture bearers who embody the legacy of Puffer’s place. Located in Old Town Folsom, PWT was a haven for Native artists, activists, elders, educators, collectors, seekers, and traders from 1971 to 2014. Featuring work by foundational figures of the California Indian art scene, this exhibit honors the inter-generational and multicultural work of the diverse Native communities active on aboriginal Nisenan territory.

Participating Artists include Tiffany Adams, Jack Alvarez, Dugan Aguilar, Gayle Anita, Charley Burns, Dalbert Castro, Frank Day, Harry Fonseca, Richard Kastl, Lorraine Luna, Frank LaPena, Kai LaPena, Sage La Pena, Meyo Marrufo, Stan Padilla, Jeremy Peconom, Arturo Singh, and Gerald Stone.


  • Fri, Nov 22 - Sun, Jan 12, 2020
  • Tue/Wed/Thu 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    and 1 hour before most events
  • Artists' Panel
    Fri, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Scott-Skillman Recital Hall

    Join artists and culture-bearers Sage LaPena, Wintum; Tiffany Adams, Chemehuevi/Konkow/Nisenan; Meyo Marrufo, Eastern Pomo; and Stan Padilla, Yaqui and Xicano Tribal Descent for a panel discussion exploring the community history of Pacific Western Traders. The American Indian Art Gallery located in Old Town Folsom was a haven for Native artists, activists, elders and educators from 1971 to 2014. Specializing in California Indian Tribal Arts, PWT played a pivotal role in the regional development of today's thriving Cultural Arts scene.

  • Artists' Reception
    Fri, Nov 22 - 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Catered by mak-‘amham, Cafe Ohlone
  • Cultural Arts Market
    Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location & Vendors TBA

  • Native Arts Symposium
    Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Location TBA

    Featuring Brittani Orona, Terri Castaneda, Vanessa Esquivido, Nicholas Rosenthal & Mark Minch.

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