Emery’s latest work is heavily influenced by the generations of Iñupiat Scandinavian hunters, fishermen, and ship builders she descends from. She is said to bring a unique perspective to contemporary Native artwork with her cave-art-inspired mixed media works on panel. Emery’s work has also been exhibited at Grand Central Terminal NYC, Peabody Essex Museum, Alaska Native Heritage Center, Alaska Native Arts Foundation, and is in corporate and private collections around the world.
The gallery was founded in 2009 by a coalition of four City of Seattle ethnic affinity groups: City Light Black Employees Association (CLBEA), Filipino American Civic Employees (FACES), Latino City Employees (LCE), and City of Seattle Native American Employees (CANOES). They began with a mission to strengthen relationships between the City’s affinity groups and ethnic communities, to showcase local artists of color, to nurture the appreciation for cultural diversity in art, and to foster pride among the diverse cultures within our workplaces and communities at large. Now, the gallery continues that legacy today by engaging in other collaborative efforts that aim to enrich lives, build equality, and justice; all of which support the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) to eliminate racial disparities in Seattle.