Beauty and Resilience- From Dismantling to Ecosystem Recovery

July 12 - September 8, 2024 

Join us on a visual journey as we explore the artistry evoked from the renewal of the Elwha River. Through the eyes of artists who have come alongside researchers, engineers, tribal members and advocates over the last 10 years in the process of dam removal and restoration, we see the beauty, resilience and sublime power of this river ecosystem. Their artwork celebrates the spirit of collaboration and perseverance that made this restoration possible.

Curated by Stacey Rekkedahl

On exhibit from July 12th- September 8th, 2024 | Gallery hours: Thursdays- Sundays, 11AM- 5PM

This exhibit would not have been possible without the resources and support provided by the following partners:

• Kim Sager Fradkin of the Lower Elwha Tribe Natural Resources Department

•  Suz Bennett with the Elwha Klallam Museum at the Carnegie

• David Brownell with the North Olympic History Center

• The Education and Outreach Team at Olympic National Park

As we celebrate the beauty and resilience of the river over the last 10 years, we also acknowledge that these past 10 years are but a mere dot on the landscape of time and that the true story of the river lies within the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe.  The S’kallam/ Kallam people have lived alongside the Elwha river, creating their livelihood and traditions in tune with the river and drawing from its sustenance since time immemorial.

It is they who have always advocated for the health of the Elwha River and it is their reverence for the land that has carried this river restoration forward. We hold deep respect for their enduring care and willingness to collaborate for the betterment of all creatures and humans.

For those who want to know more about the history of the river and its people and the Elwha Dam Removal Project,  we encourage you to visit the Elwha Klallam Museum.

Beauty and Resilience

Additional events

Chamber After Hours 
Thursday, July 11th | 5:30PM-7PM

*Port Angeles Chamber / PAFAC Members Only*. Step into an exclusive evening of arts and community at the PAFAC gallery with our Co-Hosts Brooke Nelson, co-owner of Port Angeles Realty, and Emily Little, owner of Buena Luz Bakery, who will be providing complimentary lite bites and wine.

Opening Reception
Friday, July 12th | 5PM-7PM

Join us to celebrate the new exhibition, view the artwork for the first time, and share your own experiences of the Elwha. Free and open to the public, lite bites and drinks available for purchase.

Second Saturday Art Walk
Saturday, July 13th | 5PM-7PM

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center is proud to be a part of the Second Saturday Art Walk! Enjoy a special extended evening to see the Beauty and Resilience exhibition in the gallery, then relax in our cozy courtyard- complete with light bites and drinks available for purchase. Bring friends or a date to gather around a fire table and share your own stories about the Elwha! Free and open to the public.

Introduction to Underwater Photography with John McMillan
Thursday, August 29th | 5PM-7PM and Sunday, September 1st | 12pm-3pm

Join us for this exciting two day workshop that will introduce you to the world of underwater photography led by "Beauty and Resilience" artist John McMillan. Day 1 will take place at the PAFAC gallery and introduce participants to technical, equipment, and logistical instructions. Day 2 will be at the Elwha River where participants can apply the lessons in the field. This workshop has more safety, gear and ability requirements than most of our workshops- learn more here.


Exhibiting Artists

  • Kristian Brevik
  • Jeanne Edwards
  • Roger Fernandes
  • Shelley Jaye
  • Larry Eifert
  • John Gussman
  • Cat Brimhall
  • Darrell Charles
  • Jessica Plumb
  • John McMillan
  • Flora Melcer
  • Kristi Nakata
  • Sebastian Kennerknecht