To artist Pamela Maresten crayons, scissors, glitter, glue and her beloved sandbox are the foundations of knowing herself as an artist. Along the way were periods of time when she became fascinated with painting, ceramics, sewing, design, costume, theater, set design, ceremony and gardening. Her artistic education was by way of experience, trial and error. Then when Pamela turned 50 she was gifted with a northwest style button blanket that friends had created and secretly sewn for her. It moved her greatly and she eagerly absorbed its symbolism of belonging, honor and responsibility. The beauty and collective work of these blankets drew her in along with the idea of wrapping loved ones with a memorable appreciation of their presence in our lives. The earlier designs were done in a NW Coast traditional style in trade blanket colors respectfully inspired by the Northwest People who created the tradition. Designs then evolved into a folk art style with original representations and colors of the receiver’s “spirit”, totem or other meaningful symbols expressed and she tends toward simplicity and a reference to nature when engaged by people to create one. Pamela is notorious for her critical eye which is appreciated when making decisions on color, form, placement, and creating a holistic event for the traditional making of the button blanket. This beautiful process comes through in the 15 blankets hung in the library, (15 of approximately 40 made to date) each sewn by various combinations of family and friends, and each a story keeper told by its makers. The Lopez Library is grateful to present this unique, inspiring and communal artwork throughout the library Sept. 12-October 24, 2014. Join us for the reception and opening of this exceptional exhibition.