SEPT/OCT 2014

 

Here is the eightieth issue of The Beat, a free, independent newsletter keeping you up-to-date on art, artists and exhibitions of the First Nations on Canada’s Pacific coast.

This fall a number of galleries have focused on the creation of serigraph prints by Northwest coast First Nations artists. A show in Ottawa shows the early stages of this practice, then in Victoria Salish and Nuu-chah-nulth works in particular are displayed for thoughtful viewers.

Thank you to our subscribers for your patience with duplicate mailings this month! We’re still working the kinks out of our mailing list program…

Best wishes,
Ann Cameron and Dave Dumaresq.

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Eagle Calling

Eagle Calling

Robert Davidson’s sculpture Eagle Calling was inaugurated at Frank Hurt Park in the Newton area of Surrey, south of Vancouver, as a memorial to Devon Allaire-Bell, murdered nearby in 2011. The young man was affiliated with the Haida nation.

From the Depths

From the Depths

From the Depths: Jewellery Inspired by the Sea is the imaginative theme of a show at Vancouver’s Lattimer Gallery, running until October 11, 2014. The water theme brought out an unusual lyricism in the artists. http://www.lattimergallery.com

Formline Modern

Formline Modern

Formline Modern is an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Carleton University in Ottawa (CUAG), running until December 14, 2014. Drawing heavily on a collection of Northwest Coast graphic art donated by George and Joanne MacDonald, the show explores silkscreen printing on the BC coast since the 1960’s. The MacDonald collection, 800 limited edition First [Read more]

Our Living Languages

Our Living Languages

In Victoria, the long-awaited exhibition Our Living Languages runs at the Royal British Columbia Museum until June 2017. The commissioned art work illustrated here, with drawings of wolf, raven bear and whale sandblasted into cedar, is more than a set of panels. Visitors standing near the artwork can pick up a receiver to hear a [Read more]

Coast Salish Cosmograms

Coast Salish Cosmograms

At the Alcheringa Art Gallery in Victoria, a new show of work by Coast Salish artist lessLIE runs from October 4 to November 1, 2014. “lessLIE has created Coast Salish Cosmograms: small graphic visual representations of the natural world. Juxtaposed with these works are some of lessLIE’s largest works to date. An online catalogue is [Read more]

Natural/Supernatural

Natural/Supernatural

At the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House on the main campus, there is an exhibition of serigraph prints from the University’s own collection. Natural/Supernatural has work by Nuu-chah-nulth nation artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulate knowledge of histories and stories that are [Read more]

Legacy Gallery Downtown

Legacy Gallery Downtown

The University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery Downtown is featuring Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection with “creative and vital” Coast Salish artists, including Susan Point, Maynard Johnny Jr., Chris Paul and Dylan Thomas, until January 10, 2014. The exhibition is curated by lessLIE. Salish Reflection: Coast Salish Art and Artists [Read more]

Google collects images of Haida Gwaii

Google collects images of Haida Gwaii

For people planning a trip to the Haida Gwaii, or simply enjoying a tour in your imagination, a useful new resource being developed. Parks Canada is joining with Google Canada’s Street View project to collect images of Gwaii Haanas National Park and Haida Heritage Site. The Google Trekker will record Haida Gwaii Watchmen sites: K’uuna [Read more]

Awakening

Awakening

Haida artist Isabel Rorick is exhibiting spruce root weaving at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle, until October 31, 2014. Her show Awakening will focus in particular on regalia used in Haida celebrations, and include baskets, hats and rattles. In her artist’s statement, Rorick speaks of the need for an awakening of how we treat our [Read more]

Sonny Assu Exhibition

Sonny Assu Exhibition

In Prince George, British Columbia, the city’s Two Rivers Gallery opens a solo exhibition of art work by Sonny Assu on October 23, 2014.   “Through museum interventions, large-scale installations, sculpture, photography, printmaking and paintings, Sonny Assu merges the aesthetics of Indigenous iconography with a pop art sensibility in an effort to address contemporary, political [Read more]

Raven’s View

Raven’s View

In Vancouver, Trace Yeomans is showing recent work at the Fazakas Gallery on West 6th Avenue near Main until October 20, 2014. Raven’s View includes a number of oil paintings where traditional Haida style mixes with a naturalistic mode of expression, and sculptures in many media. http://www.fazakasgallery.com

A History of Changing Ideas

A History of Changing Ideas

On November 1, 2014, at 8:15 pm, Charlotte Townsend-Gault and Jennifer Kramer, and artist Ki-ke-in will speak on Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, at the University of British Columbia Lecture Hall No. 2 of the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre at UBC. See http://vaninst.ca/VbTownsendGault.html