Linda James has been a visual artist for over 40 years. Over that time, she has applied her talents to graphic design, fiber art, and painting. James received her BFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971. After co-owning a weaving studio in the late 70s, she devoted time to raising a family and studying medical herbalism in the Northeast. A move to Seattle brought her focus back to painting in 2009. She now commits all of her time to painting and teaching watercolor as a vehicle for personal expression.
Gage Academy of Art acknowledges the Coast Salish Peoples as the original inhabitants of this area and connecting waterways. We understand the land that Gage occupies is unceded territory and that today many Indigenous peoples live here and without their stewardship, we would not have access to this space. We honor the Coast Salish Peoples’ sovereignty, rights to self-determination, culture and ways of life. Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have called this territory their sacred land. We commit to learning, educating others and repairing the legacy of historically harmful relationships between non-Native and Native peoples in King County. In doing so, we will be honest, and recognize the experiences of Native peoples to include genocide, forced relocation, forced assimilation, and land theft. We also acknowledge Native peoples are survivors, present in today’s world, thriving. We encourage everyone here today to ask themselves: what can I do to support Indigenous communities?
In an effort to be transparent, Gage is contemplating this call to action and re-working how to best support Indigenous communities.