JULY 2014

 

This is the seventy-eighth issue of The Beat, a free, independent newsletter that brings you news about the artists and art of the Northwest coast.
Get set to enjoy some wonderful experiences, especially if you can visit the Haida Gwaii this summer:

Read about:

  • in Vancouver, Dempsey Bob’s groundbreaking exhibition North at Equinox Gallery
  • in Victoria, Our Living Languages at the RBCMuseum will give you a new understanding of First Nations culture
  • and in Haida Gwaii, new accommodations, and a new show at the Haida Gwaii Museum, with special programs at the Haida Heritage Centre. And the unforgettable islands and people themselves.

Make a point of visiting the many First Nations Cultural Centres and museums in the Northwest, in Alert Bay and Hazelton, on the Nass River and Quadra Island, and in many other sites along the coast. In Washington State, the wonderful natural and cultural sites, as well as city museums, will enchant you.

Best wishes,
Ann Cameron and Dave Dumaresq.

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
North - Dempsey Bob Exhibition

North – Dempsey Bob Exhibition

North, an exhibition of 18 artworks by Dempsey Bob, at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, has attracted the attention and admiration of the media and of collectors. The show runs until July 5, 2014.   The artist, the Senior Advisor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace BC, has received many [Read more]

Stone Ribs

Stone Ribs

Haida artist Gwaai Edenshaw stands with the first in an edition of seven of his impressive bronze pole depicting the heroic legend of Stone Ribs. A dramatic telling of the story of Stone Ribs and its role in inspiring the artist will be posted soon at http://www.gwaai.com

Art & Artist in Haida Society

Art & Artist in Haida Society

Opening on June 28, 2014, Art & Artist in Haida Society, is an exhibit which brings together works of art which reflect important moments in Haida history. In the Haida language the show is called Gina Suuda tl’l Xasii, which means “came to tell something”. It will be held at the Haida Gwaii Museum near [Read more]

Hiellen Longhouse Village

Hiellen Longhouse Village

For those planning a trip to the Haida Gwaii, Hiellen Longhouse Village, a new cabins and campground site has opened at Tow Hill near Masset. See http://www.haidalonghouses.ca/

Our Living Languages Gallery

Our Living Languages Gallery

Our Living Languages is a three-year long exhibition at Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum, developed in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. It explores First Nations languages and culture in British Columbia. The interactive exhibit has audio samples of the 34 languages of the aboriginal peoples of B.C., with videos and specially-commissioned art works. [Read more]

Git Hayetsk Dancers Performing

Git Hayetsk Dancers Performing

The Git Hayetsk Dancers present cultural performances internationally. They will perform on July 4 2014 at the Native American Arts Festival in Idyllwild California. For more information, see http://www.githayetsk.com

Ravenous

Ravenous

Ravenous Alcheringa Gallery June 23 – July 19, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 28th, 2-5pm

Thunderbird and Killer Whale - Commissioned

Thunderbird and Killer Whale – Commissioned

A project commissioned from Tsimshian artist Phil Gray for a pair of sliding doors was arranged by the Douglas Reynolds Gallery in Vancouver. Many of the art galleries mentioned in The Beat can manage private commissions from artists.    

Achievement Awards Nominations

Achievement Awards Nominations

The deadline for submission of nominations for the Eighth Annual British Columbia Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art is July 18 2014. Up to four awards of $2,500 will be presented to artists affiliated with BC First Nations working in BC traditional or contemporary visual arts. www.bcachievement.com

Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians

Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians

At the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington State, an exhibition of 40 photographic works by Matika Wilbur (Tulalip/Swinomish) runs until October 5, 2014. With Photographic Presence and Contemporary Indians: Matika Wilbur’s Project 562, the artist set out to “build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy by documenting people from every [Read more]