“You’re Not From Around Here, Are You?” explores the experiences of Black people in the PNW


When you think about it, the question “You’re not from around here, are you?” isn’t an especially nice one to ask.

“It’s funny,” said artist Lisa Myers Bulmash. “It’s always phrased as a question but it’s always a statement. Nobody thinks if I ask the question the answer they will get is ‘Oh I just live around the corner’. It’s always a challenge.”

And one challenge deserves another. So Myers Bulmash spent years challenging herself to respond to that hard edged question in a variety of media, from collage to altered books to sculptures.

Especially lovely are a series of water colors that combine images from the Apollo moon landings with photos from her childhood.

“Home has always been an important concept to me and I wanted people to start thinking about what it means to…

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