Feb 052015

Chris Paul, The Transformation Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria

Metamorphosis, an exhibition of new work by Coast Salish artist Chris Paul and Tlingit artist Mark Preston will be held by the Alcheringa Gallery but at Victoria’s historic Union Club.

The artists use the print medium to express their own personal stories about the joining of traditional and contemporary art-making, the past and the present, and the transformation of the self, as well as allowing their works to relate to one another and exhibit a relationship between their two cultures within the context of design from the Northwest Coast.

The Union Club, at 805 Gordon Street in downtown Victoria, will be open to the public who wish to view the show from 2 to 4 pm every day.

See http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com

Dec 082014

A monumental project underway in Vancouver honours a Portuguese immigrant who married a Coast Salish woman in the nineteenth century. The many descendants of this couple live along the British Columbia coast. Among them is the artist Luke Marston, who initiated and has carried out the project. A complex 16.5’ bronze sculpture of this story has been installed in at Brockton Point in Stanley Park; the official unveiling is scheduled for April 25, 2015. A book by Suzanne Fournier about Marston and his project published by Harbour Publishing was launched in November at the Bill Reid Gallery.(See The Beat June 2013)

Informative photographs and a video can be seen at http://shoretoshore.ca/

Aug 072014

Thomas Cannell, Thunder Mountain, 2009 Photo: Janet Dwyer

At The Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford British Columbia, near Vancouver, a new exhibition of First Nations prints by fourteen Coast Salish artists runs until September 7, 2014.

Record, (Re)create: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection. The show, organized by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, presents works from a private collection in a diverse range of traditional and contemporary media and techniques.

See http://www.thereach.ca

A model of the future Audain Museum of Art, now under construction in Whistler

The former director of The Reach in Abbotsford is now the director of the Audain Art Museum in Whistler. The building is expected to open in 2015.

Aug 072014

Chris Paul, Sister Swans, panel Alcheringa Gallery

The Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria has opened Where I Come From, a two-artist show of work by long-time friends Coast Salish artist Chris Paul and Tlingit Mark Preston, exploring “themes of ancestry, tradition and family through contemporary abstractions using paper, wood, glass, metal and serigraphy.” The exhibition continues until August 23, 2014. http://www.alcheringa-gallery.com


Mar 042014

The World’s Largest Button Blanket now at Victoria’s Legacy Gallery

A unique project undertaken by Tahltan artist Peter Morin, in collaboration with Carolyn Butler Palmer of the University of Victoria and many helpers in the fall of 2013 is now displayed at the Legacy Gallery in downtown Victoria until April 25, 2014.

The salmon and egg pattern at the edges of the blanket, designed by Morin, represents the sacred headwaters of the Klappan River in northern B.C. The design in the centre by Tsartlip artist Barry Sam acknowledges that the project took place on Coast Salish territory.

The six metres by six metres blanket is part of Adasla: The Movement of Hands, an exhibition which includes photographs and contemporary button blankets. See http://www.worldsbiggestbuttonblanket.ca


Apr 062013

awrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Fucking Creeps They’re Environmental Terrorists, 2013 Photo: Ann Cameron

See Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s new exhibition Indian World until May 4 2013 at Macaulay & Co Fine Art Gallery at 293 E. 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. A number of paintings are abstract in style, what the artist calls “Ovoidism”.

In the large painting Indian World, My Home and Native Land, Yuxweluptun uses a powerful palette to depict a nearly ruined Canadian landscape, reminding us of the ongoing dialogue regarding the land rights of First Nations people in Canada. Looking closely at the surreal scene the viewer sees the artist has used the elements of Coast Salish art to express his intense connection to his vision.

See http://mfineart.ca/


Mar 112013

Dignitaries open the Aboriginal Student Centre, framed by monumental sculpture by Klatle Bhi

Capilano University in North Vancouver has officially opened an Aboriginal Student Centre, Kexwusm-ayakn, with a ceremony featuring Coast Salish traditions and performers.

Squamish/Kwakwaka’wakw artist Klatle Bhi carved works of art for the centre. His current project is a pole for the Collingwood School in West Vancouver. After the initial blocking out of the pole, Klatle Bhi will work in the school to carve the figures, with the students watching him work and listening to his stories.


Jan 092012
Chris Paul Conservation, 2004  From Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Chris Paul Conservation, 2004 From Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

Victoria Collects: A View into Private Art Collections from the Region is a series of shows at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, showing art by major artists, from Piet Mondrian to Andy Warhol to E. J. Hughes.

A section of the project, Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection focuses on works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, including Susan Point, lessLIE and Luke Marston, from the collection of George and Christiane Smyth. The Salish Weave Collection is at the AGGV until May 6 2012.

On March 15 2012 at 7 pm, collector George Smyth will speak to the public on “The 100-Mile Collection: Contemporary Coast Salish Art” at the AGGV.

Sonny Assu is one of five artists participating in the exhibition Throw Down: Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins Alison MacTaggart, from January 27 to May 6 2012.

For more information see http://aggv.ca

Jan 092012
Salish Bounty at the Burke Museum

Salish Bounty at the Burke Museum

A companion feature to the larger exhibition Hungry Planet at the Burke Museum in Seattle is opening on January 28 to June 10 2012. The new display, Salish Bounty: Traditional Native American Foods of Puget Sound, is co-curated by Burke Museum archaeologists and members of the Coast Salish community.

The museum states: “Knowledge of Coast Salish cuisine has been passed down from the elders and supplemented by archaeological and historical research. More than 280 kinds of plants and animals have been identified as ingredients in this cuisine.”

There will be a series of events encouraging members of the Coast Salish community and the general public to gather and participate in native food revitalization efforts. On March 31, 10 am – 4 pm, the Burke will host a special Traditional Northwest Native Foods and Diets event. See http://www.burkemuseum.org/