DECEMBER 2014

 

Here is the December issue (#82) of The Beat, a free, independent newsletter bringing you up-to-date on the art, artists, and art events of the First Nations on Canada’s Pacific coast.

Read about new art and people, awards and fundraising and books.

Our best wishes for the holidays, and for happiness and peace in the New Year!

Ann Cameron and Dave Dumaresq

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Interweavings

Interweavings

Interweavings is an exhibition presented by the Richmond Art Gallery in partnership with the YVR Art Foundation. Background: the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation has a scholarship program for young aboriginal artists. Artists apply for a grant to enable them to create a proposed project, under the guidance of a mentor or art school of their [Read more]

YVR Art Foundation Scholarships

YVR Art Foundation Scholarships

The YVR Art Foundation invites applications from First Nations artists aged 16-26 who wish to advance their art training. Up to eight scholarships are awarded annually. The application deadline is January 30, 2015. Other YVRAF programs are open to mid-career artists, and artists who wish to study more intensively art works created by their ancestral [Read more]

Our Living Languages

Our Living Languages

Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in B.C. at the Royal British Columbia Museum is a successful, beautifully designed and informative exhibition at BC’s Provincial Museum in Victoria. It incorporates works of art in its presentation of the role that language plays in the cultural life of BC’s First Nations people who are concerned with [Read more]

New CEO at Bill Reid Gallery

New CEO at Bill Reid Gallery

A new CEO is working at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art. Now a resident of Vancouver, Alexandra Montgomery until recently was the director of the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. She has a BA in art history from Queen’s University and an MBA from York University in Toronto.  Ms. Montgomery succeeds Michael Robinson, [Read more]

City of Kamploops Commissions Yahgulanaas Sculpture

City of Kamploops Commissions Yahgulanaas Sculpture

A sculpture commissioned from Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas by the city of Kamloops celebrates confluence of the North and South Thompson Rivers in Kamloops. This confluence goes on to form the largest tributary of the Fraser River.  This new sculpture echoes of the exhilarating form of Yahgulanaas’s 2010 sculpture at Thunderbird Arena at the University of [Read more]

Lattimer's Annual Bentwood Box Charity Auction

Lattimer’s Annual Bentwood Box Charity Auction

For the past seven years the Lattimer Gallery in Vancouver has raised money for charity. This year the recipient of the funds raised in the Urban Native Youth Association, a Vancouver organization which provides prevention-focussed programs and services to youth. Last year $38,909 was raised. A bentwood box is provided to each of 20 First [Read more]

BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art

BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ Art

The annual ceremony to honour the recipients of the British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations’ artists was held recently in Vancouver. Recipients were: Thomas A. Cannell, Ben Davidson, Philip Gray, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, and Meghann O’Brien. Alvin Mack was awarded the Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art for his “profound contribution [Read more]

Shore to Shore Project

Shore to Shore Project

A monumental project underway in Vancouver honours a Portuguese immigrant who married a Coast Salish woman in the nineteenth century. The many descendants of this couple live along the British Columbia coast. Among them is the artist Luke Marston, who initiated and has carried out the project. A complex 16.5’ bronze sculpture of this story [Read more]