Here is The Beat, a monthly newsletter, for March 2016

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
King Crab

King Crab

2015 was the 30th anniversary of the Nike company’s Air Jordan shoe line. To celebrate there were extravagant shows in Paris, and a dazzling number of novel athletic shoe designs produced. Tahltan artist Brian Jungen has marked the event by working in a new way with Air Jordan shoes. Since 1999 Brian Jungen drew international [Read more]

1UP

1UP

In Surrey, a new work by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Sonny Assu is on display on the west wall of Chuck Bailey Rec Centre until May 8, 2016. “Referencing gaming culture where a ‘1UP’ grants an extra life to a player, Assu’s artwork is a metaphor for how the First People have risen up for their rights.” [Read more]

Audain Museum of Art - Opening

Audain Museum of Art – Opening

March 12, 2016, is the opening day for the Audain Art Museum in Whistler BC. Philanthropist Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa surprised the art world with an announcement in 2012 that they had accepted an offer of land from the Resort Municipality of Whistler, and that they were beginning a process of building [Read more]

First Nations' prints

First Nations’ prints

The Douglas Reynolds Gallery in Vancouver is also offering an interesting display of First Nations’ prints, including a large collection of pristine condition serigraphs. Some are from the Northwest Coast Indian Artists Guild, a collective of eleven Aboriginal artists, including Robert Davidson and Roy Henry Vickers. The Guild worked in the late ‘70’s improve the [Read more]

Emerging Through the Fog

Emerging Through the Fog

In Victoria, the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown at 630 Yates Street presents Emerging Through the Fog, an exhibition of work by two Nuu-chah-nulth men: “Fog-God” Art Thompson from Ditidaht (1948-2003) and Hjalmer Wenstob from Tla-o-qui-aht, near Tofino. Tsa-qwa-supp (Thompson) was a teacher and friend to Tlehpik (Wenstob) whose art was deeply inspired by Tsa-qwa-supp.

First Peoples House Exhibition

First Peoples House Exhibition

At the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House, there is an exhibition of Nuu-chah-nulth serigraph prints from the university’s own collection, mostly from the 1980’s and ‘90’s. Artists include Patrick Amos, Joe David and Tim Paul. http://uvac.uvic.ca/

Ogema: I am Woman

Ogema: I am Woman

The Winsor Gallery in Vancouver is holding a group exhibition of new work by Wendy Red Star, Tsema Tamara Skubovius, Janice Toulouse, Maria Hupfield, Jeneen Frei Njootli and Olivia Whetung. The show is called Ogema: I am Woman, with a theme of presenting “matriarchal ways of seeing”. The painting by Janice Toulouse above depicts her [Read more]

University of British Columbia Exhibitions

University of British Columbia Exhibitions

The Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery at the University of British Columbia’s current exhibition is Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity (see The Beat February 2016). At a related colloquium at the University of British Columbia in early March, the grunt gallery and the Belkin Art Gallery partnered to present a stimulating program [Read more]

MatriArts Visual Arts Exhibition

MatriArts Visual Arts Exhibition

Part of the Talking Stick Festival 2016 in Vancouver in February was the MatriArts Visual Arts Exhibition, curated by Lou-Ann Neel, advised by Dr. Mique’l Dangeli. Each of the woman artists were invited to exhibit a work “that they simply had to keep”, and comment on this special attachment. Many were works that related to [Read more]