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National Park Service Premieres Native American Art Exhibit January 6

Satwiwa Building
The Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center, with native plant garden in the foreground.
National Park Service

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News Release Date: December 27, 2012
Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

THOUSAND OAKS,Calif. - The National Park Service will host an exhibit opening for Native American artist Michael Chas Williams on Sunday, January 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center in Newbury Park. Williams is a well-regarded maker of dream catchers whose work has been featured at the Autry Museum of Los Angeles.   

"Michael is a delightful artist and educator whose work includes both dream catchers and more recent pastel pieces," said Satwiwa park ranger Razsa Cruz. "We're fortunate to have such an accomplished artist to share his creations with us." 

A Wichita tribal member of the Pickard Camp of Anadarko/Ft. Cobb, Oklahoma, Williams has created original works of art since the 1960s. His involvement with Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center extends nearly 20 years, during which time he has presented various public workshops regarding the history and creation of dream catchers. 

All ages are welcome and the program and parking are free. The exhibit runs through April 13, 2013. For questions, please call (805) 370-2301. 

Directions to Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center: From the Ventura Freeway (101), exit at Wendy Drive and head south. Turn right on Lynn Road. Turn left on Via Goleta. Continue all the way to a parking lot where the road ends. Walk 0.3 miles to the Culture Center.   

About Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area: Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the largest urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park Service, it comprises a seamless network of local, state, and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo.

Did You Know?

Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feurer were instrumental in the movement to create a national recreation area near Los Angeles.

Four state parks were the triumph of a grassroots movement to protect open spaces minutes from Los Angeles in the 1950s & 60s. Three women, Sue Nelson, Jill Swift, and Margo Feuer further galvanized the movement that helped make Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a reality in 1978.