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A project inspired by the Kumeyaay connection with Earth and nature through weaving 


Presented by Building Bridges Art Exchange with support from the Getty Marrow Undergraduate Internship Program and the City of Santa Monica


Opening Reception - Sunday, June 16th

Land Acknowledgement - 4pm

Blessing Ceremony - 4:30pm

Film; Q & A - 5pm


Through documentary film and weaving objects, embark on a sensory exploration that transcends time and space, weaving together stories of resilience, creativity, and community. Let the voices of the land and the hands of the weavers guide you in a celebration of cultural continuity and shared reverence for the environment. As we gather in this space of creativity and reflection, we invite you to engage with the legacy of the Willow Women and immerse yourself in the beauty of Kumeyaay community. Together, let us honor the past, celebrate the present, and weave a brighter future for generations to come. Join us as we unite in the spirit of community, art, and nature - weaving a tapestry of collective understanding and appreciation for the profound legacy of the Kumeyaay people. 


In the heart of the Willow Woman's project lies a mesmerizing tapestry that reflects the unique perspective through which the Kumeyaay people perceive the world - a world intricately woven with stories, wisdom, and traditions passed down through generations. The Kumeyaay communities stand as bastions of cultural richness, their wisdom largely untouched by the influence of Western culture.


It was Two Cardinal Points Art Collective's mission to encapsulate this vibrant heritage using a diverse array of artistic expressions, bridging the past and present with a juxtaposition of traditional elements and contemporary materials. Through this harmonious fusion, they aim to transport the viewer into the captivating world of the Kumeyaay, offering a glimpse into their extraordinary culture. Within the enchanting exhibit of "Sawiles," they invite the community to kindle the same sense of curiosity and wonder that ignited their spirits as they transported to the depths of the weaving tradition. Let the intricate visual metaphors created by collaboration beckon you to unravel the stories woven within the fabric of this remarkable culture. Two Cardinal Points, is a multifaceted art collective by Ariel Vargassal and Steven Mason dedicated to crafting and showcasing unique, thought-provoking works of art. 

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