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

with news about the art of the coastal First Nations.

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STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Tzinquaw Button Blanket

Tzinquaw Button Blanket

The YVR Art Foundation awards scholarships every year to young First Nations artists chosen by a jury of their peers. The awards support them in the creation of a project which is then displayed the following year, and can be seen by the public on display at the airport in the year following their presentation. [Read more]

Emerging Knowledge Mask

Emerging Knowledge Mask

Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver’s Gastown annually holds an exhibition featuring works by the staff and students of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. The show continues until June 20, 2015. For more about the exhibition and the Freda Diesing School, see http://www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=2_112

National Aboriginal Day

National Aboriginal Day

In Canada National Aboriginal Day is on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Starting on June 19, British Columbia’s capital Victoria will host the 2015 Aboriginal Cultural Festival, a three day celebration of Aboriginal peoples, arts, and culture, at the Plaza at the Royal BC Museum. Look for “Events” at http://www.aboriginalbc.com

The Tahltan Song Cycle

The Tahltan Song Cycle

  The Tahltan Song Cycle began with an archive of Tahltan Songs, recorded in 1910 and stored at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa. For the past two years, Tahltan performance artist Peter Morin has been performing and singing these songs around the world as acts of repatriation. At 7 pm, on June 19, 2015, [Read more]

Woven Artworks at Bill Reid Gallery

Woven Artworks at Bill Reid Gallery

A small display of fine weaving of wool and baskets by Meghann O’Brien has been added to displays at the Bill Reid Gallery for Northwest Coast Art in Vancouver.

Chief Robert Joseph at Bill Reid Gallery

Chief Robert Joseph at Bill Reid Gallery

The Bill Reid Gallery’s featured exhibit is The Box of Treasures: Gifts from the Supernatural exhibition continuing through September 27, 2015. Chief Robert Joseph is a Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, and is one of the last fluent speakers of the Kwakwaka’wakw language. He will speak about his cultural treasures including the Siwadi, [Read more]

Reflections: A Collection of Frog Imagery in Northwest Coast Art

Reflections: A Collection of Frog Imagery in Northwest Coast Art

Seattle’s Steinbrueck Native Gallery is presenting a summer show Reflections: A Collection of Frog Imagery in Northwest Coast Art. Among the artists are Corey Moraes, Reg Davidson, Susan Point, Greg Robinson and Brian Perry. Among other recent commissions, Perry recently raised a pole at the Heronswood Gardens near Kingston, near the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington [Read more]

The City Before the City

The City Before the City

Three Vancouver museums worked together to create exhibitions on a single, united theme in their museums. Each developed an exhibition about The City Before the City, a large Musqueam town, dating back at least 5,000 years, on the banks of the Fraser River in what is now the Marpole area of Vancouver, and was then [Read more]

Robert Davidson Exhibition

Robert Davidson Exhibition

The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art in North Vancouver is presenting an exhibition of work by Haida artist Robert Davidson, until August 29, 2015. A 76- page exhibition catalogue, Robert Davidson: Progression of Form, is available at the gallery, for $25. http://www3.gordonsmithgallery.ca  

Materiality

Materiality

Vancouver’s Douglas Reynolds Gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary in June with an exhibition of both contemporary and historical work by Northwest First Nations artists. The title of the show, Materiality, refers to the physical substance of an object. Wood, paper, bone, steel, silver, gold, pigment, shell, stone, silver, bronze, resin, and aluminum? these materials, [Read more]

Sonny Assu Exhibitions

Sonny Assu Exhibitions

Two shows of work by Kwakwaka’wakw art Sonny Assu open in June, one at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery in Thunder Bay, Ontario, from June 12 to September 6, 2015 and another, Day School, at the Equinox Gallery in Vancouver, June 13 to July 11, 2015. Assu has a new project currently on view at [Read more]

Debra Sparrow 2015 FIFA Scarf

Debra Sparrow 2015 FIFA Scarf

Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow has designed a scarf for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.   http://www.peaudeloup.com