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Visions from Navajoland

Visions from Navajoland

Polly Mills Whitehorn will be displaying a collection of photographs captured while exploring sacred territory on the Navajo Nation this past spring. Exhibited images feature portraits and breathtaking landscapes.  The exhibit will be at Jen Ruiz Hair Designs located at 1139 Pittsburgh Road, Valencia, PA 16059. The exhibit will be on display from Friday, September 13-Thursday, October 17, 2019. The Opening Reception will be on Friday, September 13 from 6-7:30pm.  For additional information and hours please call: 724-524-7760. 

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artist’s work will benefit Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE), the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

Artist Statement

The Navajo Nation is a huge swath of land encompassing 27,000 square miles straddling northern Arizona, southern Utah and New Mexico.   It includes beautiful and familiar locations such as the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley. This land is home to the Navajo people, many live in poverty without access to fresh water or electricity.  The reservation is a virtual food desert with as few as 15 supermarkets.  In 2015 on one of many trips to Arizona, I visited a Dine supermarket in Chinle, Arizona.  I was appalled by the lack of healthy/nutritious foods on the shelves and the limited choice of fresh fruits and vegetables.  I couldn’t help but notice the overall general health of the population in this market.  Many of them with walking aids and thick glasses, but most disturbing were the prevalence of obesity.  How did this happen to such a noble and proud people?

The photos in this exhibit are of a recent trip to Monument Valley and Hunt’s Mesa capturing the essence of these proud people and the land they hold sacred.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artist’s work will benefit Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE), the Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program.

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