Lois Yoshida received her BS degrees in Microbiology and Medical Technology from the University of Washington. She studied with well-known Northwest sumi-e master Fumiko Kimura and master Asian brush calligrapher Mary Shizuka Bottomley. Lois is past-president of the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization and currently Education Committee Chair. Her award-winning sumi and Asian brush calligraphy paintings have been exhibited in the Northwest and internationally. She teaches at the Gage Academy of Art and Path With Art in Seattle as well as through her studio in Tacoma and has taught at the Frye Art Museum, Everett Community College, public and private schools, and other public venues.

Website:  http://new.loisyoshida.com/

Artwork by Lois Yoshida

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.

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