Here is The Beat, a monthly newsletter, for March 2015

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Natural Vision - LessLIE

Natural Vision – LessLIE

  The Canadian embassy in London, Canada House, is in a very old and dignified neo-classical building overlooking Trafalgar Square, and is in fact the close neighbour of Britain’s National Gallery of Art. During an extensive renovation of the building, a number of outstanding Canadian artists were invited to submit designs for use in the [Read more]

Signing Table - Sabina Hill & Mark Preston

Signing Table – Sabina Hill & Mark Preston

Vancouver’s Sabina Hill worked with a design by Tlingit artist Mark Preston from the Yukon, for the Signing Table. It is used for official ceremonies where dignitaries sign documents. For more about the new appearance of Canada House, see: http://www.canadahousecollection.co.uk/   More about Sabina Hill’s designs for interiors and furniture which incorporate work by First [Read more]

Events at The Burke Museum

Events at The Burke Museum

The Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Seattle, was founded in 1885; its collection currently has over 16 million objects. A new building, the “New Burke” will rise on 15th Avenue NE between NE43rd Street and NE45th Street. It will present the huge collection in creative ways to encourage accessibility and interactivity. The Museum [Read more]

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural

The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural

Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery has opened The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural, running until September 27, 2015. A group of artists, led by traditional Kwakwaka’wakw chief Beau Dick, have created works of art that are in the tradition of the ceremonial feast of the Potlatch. It features the masks for dances telling the [Read more]

Decolonize Me - Sonny Assu, Masks

Decolonize Me – Sonny Assu, Masks

The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford BC has two exhibitions concerned with First Nations art and issues, both until April 19, 2015. Decolonize Me includes work by seven artists, including Sonny Assu, who explore the issues and outcomes of both colonization and decolonization. They portray how “these processes have impacted Aboriginal and settler Canadian identity, [Read more]

Coppers from the Hood - Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Coppers from the Hood – Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

The Stonington Gallery is exhibiting work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas at their gallery in Seattle at 125 South Jackson Street, until May 2015. As well as his Manga-style project telling the story of Haida hero Red, Yahgulanaas has created a series of copper surfaced car hood sculptures as a visual pun on the copper shield [Read more]

Signs of Lekwungen Interpretive Walkway - Butch Dick

Signs of Lekwungen Interpretive Walkway – Butch Dick

In February, Songhees artist Butch  Dick (Yux’wey’lupton) received the 2015 Leadership Victoria Award. Dick is being honoured for his “pivotal role  in  youth  empowerment”  and  his “ tireless commitment  to  creatively  championing  the  Songhees style of art.” Dick designed and created the Signs of Lekwungen Interpretive Walkway along the Inner Harbour of Victoria, seven large markers honouring the [Read more]

First Nations Dance Festival

First Nations Dance Festival

A First Nations Dance Festival, organized jointly by the Dancers of Damelahamid and the Museum of Anthropology is being held in Vancouver from March 3 to 8, 2015. The Festival includes performances by First Nation groups from British Columbia, the Yukon and Alaska. The entertainment is authentic and dynamic. See http://moa.ubc.ca/  

Elapsed - Marianne Nicolson, Tunics of the Changing Tide

Elapsed – Marianne Nicolson, Tunics of the Changing Tide

The Two Rivers Gallery, the city art gallery of Prince George BC, has opened Elapsed, a show of five artists “whose work seems to bridge the past with the Future”, “embodying different philosophical approaches to their practice.” “Marianne Nicolson draws comparisons with significant moments in her own Kwakwaka’wakw history and present day in a series [Read more]

The Great Box Project

The Great Box Project

http://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/haidabox.html