Lois Yoshida is an artist who received her BS degrees in Microbiology and Medical Technology from the University of Washington. She studied with well-known and respected Northwest artist and sumi-e master Fumiko Kimura and master calligrapher Mary Shizuka Bottomley. Lois is active in the Puget Sound Sumi Artists organization (past president). Her award-winning sumi paintings have been exhibited in group shows, solo exhibits, and juried shows in the Northwest and internationally.
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.