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

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
The Box of Treasures

The Box of Treasures

  The Box of Treasures, the current exhibition at Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art opened with a lively ceremony of dance and music. The exhibition continues to September 27, 2015. http://www.billreidgallery.ca

Makah Museum

Makah Museum

  At the Seattle Public Library on Sunday, April 19, 2015, Ruth Kirk will screen a newly digitized film of the important archaeological work at Ozette Washington, an aboriginal village covered by a mudslide in about 1500 C.E. The mud created a unique record of life on the Pacific coast at that time, and preserved [Read more]

Northwest Coast & Inuit Art Auction

Northwest Coast & Inuit Art Auction

  Maynards next Northwest Coast & Inuit Art Auction is in Vancouver on May 6 at 11 am. Included are sculptures and prints from artists such as Susan Point, Henry Hunt, Tony Hunt and Bill Reid. http://www.maynardsfineart.com

Remediating Curtis - Imagining Indigeneity

Remediating Curtis – Imagining Indigeneity

  The Surrey Art Gallery is exhibiting work by Haida/European artist Stephen Foster in Remediating Curtis – Imagining Indigeneity. Foster explores the film and photographs of Edward Curtis and his influence on popular images of “Indianness” in popular culture.   The central image in Foster’s video is an animated reconstruction of the original set and [Read more]

Audain Art Museum, Whistler BC

Audain Art Museum, Whistler BC

  A new art museum will open this fall in Whistler BC, designed by the team of architects, John and Patricia Patkau. It will display much of the art collection of Michael Audain and his wife Yoshiko Karasawa. The building will be large, 55,230-square-foot, with a gallery to host touring exhibitions as well as the [Read more]

Converging Suspects

Converging Suspects

  Converging Suspects, opening Saturday, April 18 until May 9, 2015, at the Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver, presents a thoughtful look at the intersection of culture and the ancient art form of “graffiti”. This exhibition proposes that graffiti, while often considered a criminal act akin to vandalism, can become a language of creation rather than [Read more]

2014 YVRAF Scholarship winners

2014 YVRAF Scholarship winners

  Many opportunities for Aboriginal artists at all stages of experience open up in the spring. For BC First Nations artists, the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation currently offers three categories of assistance: The YVRAF Youth Scholarships, with the 2015 winners to be announced in May; the Mid-Career Artist Scholarships, and the Masterpiece Study Grants. The [Read more]

Studying Masks at the Burke Museum

Studying Masks at the Burke Museum

  In Seattle, the Bill Holm Center at the Burke Museum of the University of Washington invites applications from First Nations artists and scholars to study collections at the Burke. http://www.burkemuseum.org/bhc Award programs for First Nations artists are also found at the sites of the BC First Peoples’ Cultural Council http://www.fpcc.ca/ and the Canada Council [Read more]

Yahgulanaas at Stonington Gallery

Yahgulanaas at Stonington Gallery

  The Stonington Gallery in Seattle has opened a show of recent work by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. As well as his intriguing Flappe series painted on auto parts, Yahgulanaas has been studying sumi-e painting with ink on rice paper. These are the most recent works in the exhibition, and the seven paintings reflect the many [Read more]

T-shirt design contest

T-shirt design contest

  The Museum of Anthropology shop has organized its second annual T-shirt design contest. Young designers from aboriginal backgrounds are encouraged to create designs that speak to their identity and the story of their culture. The winner of the contest will receive a cash prize and royalties from t-shirts sold in the MOA shop. A full list [Read more]

Urban Access course in Aboriginal Art

Urban Access course in Aboriginal Art

  In July Emily Carr University of Art and Design is offering a four-week Urban Access course in Aboriginal Art to Aboriginal participants over 15 years of age, who are interested in learning traditional forms of art in Vancouver.   The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015.   Contact Michelle Sound, msound@ecuad.ca   The [Read more]