Colville tribal artist Christine Buckminster.

Neseplem - Christine Buckminster is a Colville tribal member who artistically expresses our heritage and culture through her paintings.  While growing up in Nespelem, Buckminster started to learn at a young age how to paint from her family, who are also artists. 

Although she didn’t know it at the time, Buckminster was able to sell her art to people and even have it displayed in our local Colville Tribal Museum in Coulee Dam.

“I was shocked...that’s when I knew I had potential in selling my paintings,” said Buckminster.

Since then, Buckminster’s art has brought her to numerous events in Washington.

This month, she will show her work at the Northwest Native Development Fund’s Annual Art Show at the North Dam Park in Grand

Coulee. The show is scheduled for Aug. 31.

Beginning her passion, Buckminster paints at her own personal studio that she has in her home. Her father, Gilbert Cleparty, a powwow judge, dancer and drummer is her inspiration for her art. 

“I grew up in a powwow circuit, and I have all those memories,” she said. 

“That’s what I paint.”

Her art consists of women’s dresses, dancing, wildlife and her family. 

One in particular shows five sisters heading to a powwow, fitted in their dresses. This piece is called a Vintage Ledger Art and is “11”X24.4” in size. She had it displayed at Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum. 

Christine is an acrylic and watercolor artist, and uses this paint for her art. 

Throughout Washington, Buckminster sold many of her art pieces, some even in Oregon. As her art becomes more vulnerable, Buckminster is grateful for those who have supported her and continues to venture out and make her work known. 

Along with her artwork, she sells merchandise such as earrings, coffee mugs and painted shoes with her work on it.

In the future Buckminster wishes to inspire and help upcoming artist, hopefully becoming a mentor. She wants them to explore their interests without fear and have confidence in what they love.

 “An artist needs to market themselves with galleries, museums, vendors for events and local artist groups,” she said.

 NOTE: Journalist Mirella Lopez is a Colville Tribal Summer Youth Employee working with the Tribal Tribune.

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