On May 29 and 30th I'll be teaching a block printing class at the Burke Museum on the University of Washington campus, through the North Cascades Institute. I visited the Museum on Saturday to preview the work we would get to see and sketch as a prelude to our own carving efforts. There were so many powerful works of art on display. I have gone to countless museums just to see the northwest coast art that many say is the most brilliant Indian art of the Americas--favorite places like the American Museum of Natural History in New York, with the Hall of Northwest Coast Indians--a very theatrical, darkly illuminated room created early in the last century by Franz Boas, the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC. The Burke Museum can stand proudly with either of those. The current exhibit features contemporary artists who have been moved to create works based on some of the most outstanding work of the past. One artist, David Robert Boxley, said "One can never be done learning. I want to see every piece I can of the old masters. They are my teachers and this is the only way I can learn from them." I could not agree more! I am so grateful to the Burke Museum for sharing the collection with artists, anthropologists and countless students, and allowing me to photograph the art like the owl mask pictured here without any restrictions.