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

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Social commentary that won’t be silenced

Social commentary that won’t be silenced

Macaulay & Co Fine Art presents work by Attila Richard Lukacs and Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun until July 18, 2015. An essay by Jill Lambert contrasts the backgrounds and approaches of the two artists: “Lawrence Paul’s work in acrylics combines and overturns a rhetoric of traditional Northwest Coast First Nation shapes and forms, colour theory and [Read more]

Ancestor Panel

Ancestor Panel

This panel by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, has been featured in the FOX Sports broadcasting studio during the FIFA Women’s World Cup in soccer. It derives from a box design, but with an ancestor’s face in the center.   Beau Dick’s art project The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural is currently at the [Read more]

Carving Our Path

Carving Our Path

Tlingit artist Calvin Morberg is one of a group exhibiting at Vancouver’s Inuit Gallery in Gastown. The group, the Northern Cultural Expressions Society, was established in 2008 to support the development of First Nations carving traditions through its workshops and educational programs. Open to youths of all backgrounds, the carving program has become an integral [Read more]

Sei - sculpture of a breaching baleen whale

Sei – sculpture of a breaching baleen whale

A huge commissioned sculpture will surely attract the attention of shoppers at a new mall near Vancouver International Airport. Haida artist Mike Nicoll Yahgulanaas used eight and a half tons of stainless steel, copper, granite and marble to create SEI, a twelve metre long sculpture of a breaching whale. It has been installed in the [Read more]

Patrick McGuire Exhibition

Patrick McGuire Exhibition

The summer exhibition at the Haida Gwaii Museum, will show the first formal exhibition of the work of a remarkable Haida artist. Working in argillite, watercolour, silver and gold, Patrick McGuire was a significant player in the resurgence of Northwest Coast art. He died in 1970, at the age of 27.   For more about [Read more]

"unlimited edition" Printmaking Exhibition

“unlimited edition” Printmaking Exhibition

The Legacy Gallery Downtown in Victoria has a new exhibition, unlimited edition. Itshowcases native prints that relate to ideas of cultural story, politics of land, and the beauty of Indigenous aesthetics. Printmaking practices evolved differently among Canada’s First Nations, and this exhibition enables comparisons of culture, history and technique. Unlimited edition was organized by the [Read more]

A Gathering of Spirits

A Gathering of Spirits

Victoria’s Alcheringa Gallery has moved, but just down the street to 621 Fort Street. To celebrate 30 years of presenting the indigenous art of the Pacific Rim, a show of gallery artists, A Gathering of Spirits, will run until July 31, 2015. For pictures of the party, see https://www.facebook.com/AlcheringaGalleryVictoriaBC The many art works are on [Read more]

Nisga’a Museum Summer Opening

Nisga’a Museum Summer Opening

One of four Nisga’a communities, the village of Laxgalts’ap is located on the Nass River estuary, approximately 150 kilometers north of Terrace BC. Home to approximately 520 residents, Laxgalts’ap offers rich cultural history, natural beauty, and world-class fishing. The Nisga’a Museum there is open for the summer. The permanent display of art of the past [Read more]

Burke Museum Research Grants Available

Burke Museum Research Grants Available

Museum Research Grants for visiting artists and researchers are intended to give artists and other researchers financial support and access to the historical collections at the Burke for research on art from the Pacific Northwest region (Alaska, British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon). Proposals from artists and researchers whose projects would benefit from the study [Read more]