Local restaurant supports Native artists during coronavirus pandemic

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The COVID-19 pandemic has hit both the arts and restaurants hard in the past six months, but local Flagstaff restaurant, Brandy’s, is serving up food in a socially distant atmosphere and a pop-up of Pivot, skateboard deck art, hangs on the walls.

There are 35 decks in the pop-up exhibit, which will be up at Brandy’s until Nov. 4.

Pivot exhibit manager Samantha Honanie said there was more than one reason that she and Pivot creators, Duane Koyawena and Landis Bahe decided to showcase some of the art at Brandy’s.

“We thought it was a really good opportunity first and foremost to support artists, especially in the time we are in right now,” Honanie said. “Also, it is a really great way of showing our support for a local business that is so great to local artists, giving them a place to show their art and sell it. Most importantly, it’s a way of showing the connection our community has for supporting art.”

But one of the other important aspects of the artwork at Brandy’s is to direct people’s attention to the full exhibit of Pivot that is currently on display at Ft. Lewis College’s Center for Southwest Studies.

“We’re really trying to promote the exhibit itself,” Honanie said.

The exhibit at the Center for Southwest Studies at Ft. Lewis College opened in the spring right as the pandemic hit.

“Opening to the public became a lot different because of COVID,” Honanie said.

While the college is still working on how people can see the full exhibit virtually, there have been a series of artist interviews the college has done that are available on YouTube by searching Pivot: Skateboard Deck Art.

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