APRIL 2014

 

This is the seventy-fifth issue of The Beat, a free, independent newsletter that brings you up-to-date on the art, artists and events of the First Nations on Canada’s Pacific Coast.

Read about:

  • Canada’s National Gallery is honouring Charles Edenshaw, the Haida master whose influence is still deeply felt and honoured nearly a century after his death.
  • Other exhibitions of work by Lyle Wilson, Robert Davidson and commissions by many artists enrich our visual environment. In Whistler, tattoos by Salish peoples attract an audience.
  • New books enlighten us about artists, film and the cultural influence of language.

Best wishes as we welcome spring,

Ann Cameron and Dave Dumaresq.

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Once we gathered salmon. Today we gather to buy it.

Once we gathered salmon. Today we gather to buy it.

A retail and condo development at Granville Street and by Westbank Developments has showcased the fine weavings of Musqueam artists Robyn Sparrow, Krista Point and Debra Sparrow as part of the Safeway façade on Granville Street at 70th Avenue. Debra Sparrow says in her artist’s statement: “I am honoured to exhibit my weavings in this [Read more]

Susan Point Exhibition Planned

Susan Point Exhibition Planned

The Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver’s Gastown is planning a large exhibition of the work of master Musqueam artist Susan Point, set to open on June 28 until July 19 2014. The core of the work in the exhibition sale is a private collection of every limited edition print produced by the artist from 1981 [Read more]

Star Blanket

Star Blanket

  At the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, Meghann O’Brien’s Star Blanket was presented to the public in March in a program devised by artist and Chief Beau Dick. An interview with Meghann O’Brien about her work was aired on CBC Radio One, and can be heard at http://www.cbc.ca/nxnw/featured-guests/2014/03/30/sky-blanket-meghann-obrien/

Meet Beau Dick

Meet Beau Dick

The inimitable Beau Dick, mentor to many young artists, can be seen in a new version in a video by Natalia Tudge and LaTiesha Fazakas in: Meet Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rh-_nNSI12A

Our Markings - Tattoo Exhibition

Our Markings – Tattoo Exhibition

  The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre will open a new exhibition, Our Markings on Thursday, April 24, 2014. This is the first exhibition to share both Coastal and Interior Salish traditions, and highlights the traditional and contemporary markings including the art and design of tattoo. The event also will celebrate the opening of the SLCC [Read more]

Charles Edenshaw Exhibition in Ontario

Charles Edenshaw Exhibition in Ontario

The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa will host a major exhibition of the work Charles Edenshaw until May 25, 2014. The exhibition originated with the Vancouver Art Gallery, and will travel to Kleinburg near Toronto to show from June 28 to September 21, 2014. http://www.gallery.ca  

Paint: the Works of Lyle Wilson

Paint: the Works of Lyle Wilson

Paint: the Works of Lyle Wilson has opened at the Lightcatcher art gallery of the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Washington. “Lyle Wilson builds on traditional forms to create an art that is deeply personal, yet rooted in his Haisla heritage. Paint celebrates Wilson’s achievements as a painter, writer and indigenous language advocate.” Wilson will speak [Read more]

Return to the Land of the Headhunters

Return to the Land of the Headhunters

A newly restored version of Edward Curtis’s film The Land of the Headhunters was screened in Vancouver in 2008, along with excellent dance performances by members of the same Kwakwaka’wakw community among whom Curtis made his 1914 film. Now a book has been published by the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Coast [Read more]

Native Art & Artists Day at Burke

Native Art & Artists Day at Burke

On Sat April 19 2014, the Burke Museum in Seattle has a full 10 am to 4 pm program planned for its Native Art & Artists Day. Yarn spinning and Salish twill demonstrations will be led by Heather Johnson-Jock (Jamestown S’Klallam), Columbia River Wasco basketry demonstrations will be led by Pat Courtney Gold (Wasco/Warm Springs), [Read more]

Abstract Impulse

Abstract Impulse

Robert Davidson’s solo exhibition Abstract Impulse will be at the National Museum of the American Indian, George Gustav Heye Center in New York City from April 12 to September 14 2014. http://nmai.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item/765/  

Preston Singletary at Evergreen State College

Preston Singletary at Evergreen State College

Preston Singletary will be at the Longhouse of the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 6pm. He will speak about his work, and a project to create a collaborative glass installation with Longhouse artists. This is a free public event. http://www.evergreen.edu/longhouse/images/Preston%20April%2019%20copy.jpg  

Emerging From Out of the Margins

Emerging From Out of the Margins

The Beat reader Dr. Fred White has written to announce the publication of his book Emerging From Out of the Margins : Essays in Haida Language, Culture and History, from the series Berkeley Insights in Linguistics and Semiotics. The publisher describes it as offering “a perspective on Haida culture that comes not only from external [Read more]