Ellen Neel in the 1950’s
Until April 1, 2017, an exhibition at the Legacy Gallery Downtown in Victoria honours a pioneer female First Nations artist with Ellen Neel: The First Woman Totem Pole Carver. Neel (1916-1966), learned to carve from her grandfather Charlie James, and both created poles for Stanley Park, a very early acknowledgement of First Nations culture by the City of Vancouver. The exhibition includes work by contemporary members of Ellen Neel’s family.
The exhibitions of Susan Point and Ellen Neel are reviewed at: