Here is The Beat, with news of the art and artists on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Read about:

– BC Ferries newest ships carry designs by First Nations’ artists on their hulls. The Salish Orca has arrived.

– the Vancouver Art Gallery opens a major new exhibition of the art of Musqueam artist Susan Point

– in Fort Langley BC, a new show “We Are Kwantlen”

Coming soon: Beau Dick prepares a big show for Documenta 14 in Europe

Best wishes to all our readers

– Ann Cameron

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Darlene Gait, BC Ferries’

Darlene Gait, BC Ferries’

Darlene Gait, BC Ferries’ The Salish Orca Esquimalt artist Darlene Gait, commissioned by the BC Ferries to design the hull of a new ferry, has now had a chance to see the completed project. The three new natural gas and diesel-powered ferries were built in Poland. The Salish Orca, Ms. Gait’s project, is in Tswassen [Read more]

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

The Vancouver Art Gallery has organized a major new exhibition, Susan Point: Spindle Whorl. On view from February 18 to May 28, 2017 at the Gallery, this exhibition covers the artist’s impressive career of three and a half decades, including over a hundred print and sculptural artworks that take the spindle whorl as their starting [Read more]

Talking Stick Festival 2017

Talking Stick Festival 2017

Two major events in Indigenous performing arts on the BC coast are coming up. The Talking Stick Festival from February 16 to 26, 2017. It includes a wide range of cultural expression. This year a visual arts exhibition has been organized for the Roundhouse in Vancouver’s Yaletown. On event of special interest is an Arts [Read more]

Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another

Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another

The Art Exhibition at an earlier Talking Stick Festival Featuring a collection of artworks from 11 multidisciplinary artists of Indigenous ancestry, the exhibition Kwèykw`áystway: Speaking With One Another attempts to create generative spaces for contemplation and conversation using the variety of expression found in Indigenous art today. The exhibition is at 181 Roundhouse Mews in [Read more]

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival 2017

Coastal First Nations Dance Festival 2017

The 2017 Coastal First Nations Dance Festival will be presented by the Dancers of Damelahamid at the Museum of Anthropology on March 3 and the evening of March 4. For more about the rich and creative program at MOA, see http://damelahamid.ca/coastal-dance-festival

Alcheringa Gallery presents "Raven Visiting"

Alcheringa Gallery presents “Raven Visiting”

Don Yeomans, Dream Traveller Alcheringa Gallery In Victoria, the Alcheringa Gallery presents Raven Visiting, a show of prints by senior Haida artist Don Yeomans, from February 11 to 25, 2017. An online catalogue is at http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com

Kwantlen First Nation history

Kwantlen First Nation history

An intensive look at Kwantlen First Nation history and culture is showing now in Fort Langley at the Langley Centennial Museum, until March 26 2017. “Important artifacts are not just made of stone and bone- they are also the living legacies of language and art, ceremony and personal ritual. The exhibit celebrates living connections with [Read more]

"Great North" at Fazakas Gallery

“Great North” at Fazakas Gallery

Mark Preston, Untitled (Mask 4), yellow cedar Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver Vancouver’s Fazakas Gallery is presenting Great North, an exhibition of work by artists Mark Preston and Couzyn van Heuvelen. Preston and van Heuvelen are both from the North; Preston is of Tlingit ancestry and van Heuvelen is Inuk. Both artists are rooted in their respective [Read more]