Native Visions Artist Spotlight
Native Visions Eyewear is an optical frame line dedicated to giving a voice to true Native American Artists. Each frame is designed by a Native American Artist, giving them a magnificent medium to share their vision and the wearer a strong voice to express themselves. We are proud to partner with these talented artists and will remain committed to developing and promoting Native American Arts and Artists. Learn more about our participating artists below.
Virgil "Smoker" Marchand
The sculptor, Virgil "Smoker" Marchand, was given his Indian name "Spa Poole" which means smokey, or smoke in his language, by his grandmother. Smoker grew up in the Colville Eastside Reservation in Omak, Washington, and went to elementary school at St. Mary's Mission. He ran away five times. It was Smoker's brother that encouraged him to pursue his art. Eventually, Smoker attended The Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The immersion in this outstanding art school brought out something special in Smoker that he never knew was there. Smoker graduated from the Institute of American Indian Arts in 1971.
DOROTHY TINNING - Okanagan Arts