This is The Beat May 2017, bringing you news about the artists and art
of the First Nations in Canada’s Pacific coast:

+ an archaeological excavation on Triquet Island, near Bella Bella BC,
yields proof of habitation for more than 14,000 years.

+ awards to artists from the Vancouver Airport Art Foundation.
Congratulations!

+ prints from the Salish Weave collection at the Burnaby Art Gallery

+ a Reconciliation Pole, carved by Charles Joseph is raised in
downtown Montreal

Best wishes to our readers,

Ann Cameron

STORIES IN THIS ISSUE
Tribute to Beau Dick, at MOA

Tribute to Beau Dick, at MOA

Linnea Dick delivers a tribute to her late father, Beau Dick, at MOA Photo: Ann Cameron A very large gathering of the many family, friends, colleagues and admirers of the late artist Beau Dick took place at the University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology on April 30, 2017. In the above photograph, Cole Speck [Read more]

Triquet Island in the Heiltsuk territory

Triquet Island in the Heiltsuk territory

Triquet Island in the territory of the Heiltsuk Nation An excavation at Triquet Island in the Heiltsuk territory of the British Columbia coast has confirmed a tradition of the Heiltsuk origins. It has provided evidence that the Heiltsuk nation has lived in the area and on the island for over 14,000 years. Several extremely rare [Read more]

Cutting-Edge Indigenous Visual Artists

Cutting-Edge Indigenous Visual Artists

LessLIE Sam, Serpents Stonington Gallery, Seattle The Stonington Gallery in Seattle has an exhibition Salish Sound Waves: A Group Exhibit of Cutting-Edge Indigenous Visual Artists, until May 28, 2017, running concurrently with the Upstream Music Festival in nearby Pioneer Square. Artists include Marika Swan, LessLIE, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Maynard Johnny Jr. and others.

Masters of Disguise III: Group Mask Exhibition

Masters of Disguise III: Group Mask Exhibition

Rande Cooke, The Chieftain Mask Stonington Gallery, Seattle The exhibition following at the Stonington Gallery is Masters of Disguise III: Group Mask Exhibition, running from June 1 to 30, 2017. See https://stoningtongallery.com

Salish Weave Collection at the Burnaby Art Gallery

Salish Weave Collection at the Burnaby Art Gallery

The Burnaby Art Gallery Photo: Ann Cameron The Salish Weave Collection at the Burnaby Art Gallery Photo: Ann Cameron The third largest art gallery collection in British Columbia, the Burnaby Art Gallery has a varied exhibition program, and a collection policy favouring works on paper. Appropriately, it is currently a good place to see original [Read more]

Shapeshifting, at the Fazakas Gallery

Shapeshifting, at the Fazakas Gallery

Rande Cooke, Boy in the Sky, 2017 Fazakas Gallery, Vancouver Artists Rande Cook and Carollyne Yardley have collaborated again on a themed exhibition, Shapeshifting, at the Fazakas Gallery until May 27, 2017. The artists drew inspiration from traditional Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation origin stories and cosmology in their ongoing investigation into the animation of the human [Read more]

The New Burke Museum, Seattle

The New Burke Museum, Seattle

The New Burke Museum, Seattle Work is progressing on the new Burke Museum building on the Seattle campus of the University of Washington. Walls are up, and a roof frame appears to be covering the construction. The single-pitch shed style roof is inspired by the traditional structures of the Coast Salish people of Puget Sound. [Read more]

Vancouver Airport Art Foundation

Vancouver Airport Art Foundation

The 2016 Scholarship and Grants Reception at YVR Photo: Ann Cameron The Vancouver Airport Art Foundation supports BC and Yukon First Nations’ art and artists in several ways. It awards scholarships to young artists, and, in a separate program, to mid-career artists. Travel grants, “Masterpiece Study”, are awarded to artists who plan to study the [Read more]

Charles Joseph, The Residential School Pole

Charles Joseph, The Residential School Pole

Charles Joseph, The Residential School Pole, 2014-16 Collection: Jim Balsillie On May 3, a 21-m. totem pole by Kwakwaka’wakw artist Charles Joseph was raised just outside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Attending the ceremony were Mayor Denis Coderre and elders from nearby Mohawk communities. At six, Joseph was taken from his family to attend [Read more]

Northern Exposure at Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Northern Exposure at Spirit Wrestler Gallery

Spirit Wrestler Gallery Vancouver’s Spirit Wrestler Gallery will hold its annual exhibition, Northern Exposure, of work by staff and students of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace BC. This year is the 10th Anniversary exhibition, and past students have also been invited to submit recent pieces. A preview of the show [Read more]