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

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Shore to Shore

Shore to Shore

The ambitious and worthy project of a monument to Portuguese Joe Silvey has brought together many people: among them, his First Nations descendants and the many Portuguese who settled in Vancouver over the last 150 years. The monument was unveiled on April 25, 2015; a very large crowd of First Nations descendants, Portuguese Vancouverites including [Read more]

Mom & Daughter

Mom & Daughter

The first solo exhibition by Anishinaabe artist Sharifah Marsden opened at Vancouver’s Lattimer Gallery on April 25th, and will run until May 16, 2015. The exhibition includes paintings and jewellery. The silver jewellery is engraved with geometric and floral designs, relating to her earlier beadwork.   As an artist of Anishinaabe descent, yet a second-generation [Read more]

Sea Anemone

Sea Anemone

Every year, to raise money for its excellent children’s art programs, the Artists for Kids at the Gordon Smith Gallery features a fine limited edition print by a well-known artist. Collectors buy with enthusiasm. The print featured for 2015 is Robert Davidson’s serigraph Sea Anemone. To purchase, call 604-903-3798. In fact, a major exhibition Davidson’s [Read more]

Blue Raven Swing Coat

Blue Raven Swing Coat

Haida designer Dorothy Grant will receive the Order of Canada on May 8, 2015, for her contributions to design and communities. She has been a role model to First Nations designers for decades. Her elegant work has reached worldwide audiences. More of her designs, clothing for women and men, as well as jewellery and art, [Read more]

Bill Reid Gallery Fundraising

Bill Reid Gallery Fundraising

A fundraising event will be held at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery on May 6, 2015. Guests will enjoy an indigenous-inspired cuisine by Haida chef Brodie Swanson, a live auction of 10 outstanding contemporary art works, and entertainment by Dene singer/songwriter Leela Gilday. To view auction items, see http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Box of Treasures

Box of Treasures

The Bill Reid Gallery’s current exhibition Box of Treasures has as its theme the potlatch feast and the treasures connected with the narratives. Walas Gyiyam, Chief Beau Dick led a team of artists to create a collection of sacred masks and regalia revealing beings from the forest, sea, and supernatural realm.   On Sunday, May [Read more]

Sobey Art Award

Sobey Art Award

The Sobey Art Award is awarded annually to a Canadian artist under 40 years old. Selections are made initially according to geographical regions: West Coast/Yukon, Prairies and the North, Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic region. A panel of six curators from each region is appointed. The program is administered by the Art Gallery of Nova [Read more]

Behind the Gold Veil

Behind the Gold Veil

Behind the Gold Veil is an exhibition of work by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Rande Cook, opening on May 14 to June 26, 2015, at the Campbell River Art Gallery. Illustrated above is a large panel Cook has carved in a traditional style and covered in gold leaf. Wood sculpture, metal and photography will be on display. [Read more]

Gwaii Haanas 2014 Residency

Gwaii Haanas 2014 Residency

At the Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate, Ariane Medley, Jayne Patrick and Charlie Easton, the artists chosen for the Gwaii Haanas 2014 Residency Program, are exhibiting their work through May 24, 2015. The program takes place annually. For more information, see http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/gwaiihaanas/edu/edu4/art-2014.aspx

Mique’l Askren Dangeli Defends Doctoral Theses

Mique’l Askren Dangeli Defends Doctoral Theses

Tsimshian Mique’l Askren Dangeli made history with her attainment of a doctoral degree in Indigenous Art History from the University of British Columbia when she defended her thesis in April 2015.

The Helper

The Helper

At the end of May 2015, the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation awards its youth Scholarships and Mid-Career Artist Awards at a reception for recipients, their families, and alumni from past years. It is also an unveiling of the completed projects from the 2014 recipients. On May 30, Vancouver’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery has a festive opening [Read more]