Exhibit: Marlene Simla

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Exhibit or Art Show

Age Group:

Families, Adults
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Artist's statement:

After graduating high school in Toppenish 1957, Marlene attended one year of Yakima Business College.  She later enrolled in the new Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe in 1962. She met many Native Americans from all over the United States, and enjoyed studying painting and visiting pueblos, villages and museums.  Marlene enrolled at Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado, where she earned her B. A. Degree in Humanities in 1967.  This college land was donated by the Southern Utes on the condition that all enrolled Native Americans attend tuition- free. Marlene earned ribbons for her paintings at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima.   

As an Early Childhood Center Director-Lead Teacher, she used her skills in storytelling and encouraging the creative arts for her students. After 17 years, she transferred over to the Yakama Nation children and family services for 24 years. She began the one-week cultural camp-out for teens. They enjoyed weaving, painting wildlife, Sahaptin language, beadwork projects and went swimming every afternoon.

She married a Canadian Cowboy and has one son, who appreciates music, videos and of course, computers.  She thanks God for all of her blessings. 

This exhibit showcases Marlene’s love of families and landscapes. She did a lot of story-telling and believed that when she retired that she would illustrate local Native American stories.  Marlene uses brilliant water colors and relaxation as she paints families attending to various tasks.  

The exhibit is available for viewing September 1-29, during library open hours.


Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Disability Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Los eventos y programas de la biblioteca están abiertos al público y se brindan sin costo. Se pueden solicitar adaptaciones especiales utilizando nuestro formulario de solicitud de adaptaciones para personas con discapacidades (en inglés) hasta 15 días antes del evento.