Brain Injury Services Fine Arts instructor Roxanne Delfavero challenged her group to create a work of art on a cigar box. Pam Lake, whose ancestry includes strong Native American roots responded by creating this magnificent Native American inspired piece.

For Pam, the piece is meant to highlight Respect for Women. Dating back to the earliest of times, women played a critical role in the life of Native American society. They were more than just mothers of the tribes’ children. They were builders, warriors, farmers, and craftswomen. Their strength was essential to the survival of the tribes. But Pam said that at the Pow Wows she attended prior to the pandemic, violence against women was a common theme.  On tribal lands and native villages across the United States, violence against indigenous women has reached unprecedented levels. Over 80% American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced violence, and more than 50 percent have experienced sexual violence.

Pam said “This art is about bringing power back to women. It’s about respecting and honoring them, and giving them control over who they are as women.”

Pam worked on this piece for two months and it was completed the week before the program suspended in- person services due to COVID. She has generously offered this original piece to be included in our Art of Independence Silent Auction.

More about Pam:
Pam Lake started her artistic journey with a $100 oil paint art kit from a Sears catalog at age 13. She graduated from Edinboro University in PA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After an accident at work left her with a traumatic brain injury, she had to learn to paint all over again. With the help of the Art Program at Living Resources where she has been studying for over 15 years, she is once again a prolific artist using her art as a platform to increase awareness about traumatic brain injuries.

Join us at the 2021 Living Resources Art of Independence- Picnic at the Pruyn on July 20th, to bid on this one of a kind piece