Oct 142015

Tanis Maria S’eiltin, Territorial Trappings

The La Conner Museum of Northwest Art has undertaken a large project: Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015 is an exhibition aiming to “examine the evolution of the Contemporary Native American Arts Movement and the works of artists living in the northwest, with significant emphasis on the Puget Sound and Plateau regions.”

The exhibition will fill the entire museum, and include works art by more than 40 artists. Joe David, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, and Susan A. Point are among them.

Tanis Maria S’eiltin writes about her work illustrated above:

Lynx pelts sustain treasured times in a frozen territory.
The snapping of metal jaws and blood are absent, present was the thrill of success.
Strong hands stitched furs into sellable forms.
Success was measured by one’s cunning abilities to supplement life.

The opening celebration of the show is on Saturday, October 10, 2015; curator Gail Tremblay will discuss the Native American Contemporary Art Movement at 1:00 pm.

La Conner, Washington, is about 140 km. or 90 miles south of Vancouver, and 67 miles north of Seattle. See http://monamuseum.org

Sep 052015

Al Cole, Oyster Catcher Rattle Gift of Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron, McMichael Canadian Art Collection

A major collection of Canadian art can be seen in the beautiful Ontario countryside northwest of Toronto. From its beginning the museum has included works by Canada’s aboriginal peoples.

The northwest coast collection of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection has recently been much enriched by a gift from Torontonians Christopher Bredt and Jamie Cameron. Transforming Spirit: The Cameron/Bredt Collection of Contemporary Northwest Coast Art is an exhibition of 49 works donated from this private collection. It will open on September 19, 2015, and run until February 15, 2016. Among the artists whose works are exhibited are Dempsey Bob, Joe David, Freda Diesing and Art Thompson.

For more information, see: http://www.mcmichael.com

Nov 052014

Image: Tim Paul, qwa-ya-cik.tucuml, Special Race of People from the Skies

The Steinbrueck Native Gallery in Seattle is presenting a special exhibition of work by artists of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations. More than a dozen artists have created masks, sculptures, rattles and more, with many works sold in the opening days. Artists include: Joe David, Kelly Robinson, Tim Paul, Moy Sutherland, George David and Gregory Colfax.

The exhibition is called Ahtsik’Nuk, which means “Good with the Hands”. This is an unusual opportunity to see so many new works from artists working in the distinctive styles of the western coast of Vancouver Island and the northern tip of the Olympic Penninsula. http://www.steinbruecknativegallery.com

Oct 052014

At the University of Victoria’s First Peoples House on the main campus, there is an exhibition of serigraph prints from the University’s own collection. Natural/Supernatural has work by Nuu-chah-nulth nation artists Patrick Amos, Joe David, Ron Hamilton (Chuuchkamalthnii), Tim Paul, Art Thompson (Tsa-Qwass-Upp), and Glen Webster visually articulate knowledge of histories and stories that are important to their people.

For more on all three UVic shows, see http://www.uvac.uvic.ca

Jun 072012
Joe David, Grandfather (Stone) & Grandfather (Glass)  Stonington Gallery/ZensPhoto

Joe David, Grandfather (Stone) & Grandfather (Glass) Stonington Gallery/ZensPhoto

The Stonington Gallery in Seattle opens its Steal the Sun, Feel the Heat: A Group Exhibition in Glass on June 7 2012. Artists include Joe David, Preston Singletary, Raven Skyriver, Susan Point and Alano Edzerza. On June 18 at 6:30 pm, Raven Skyriver will speak at the Stonington Gallery about his career, artistic influences and technique.

Feb 092012
Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver, Canada

 In mid-February, Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology is bringing two large works from storage into the Great Hall: a 1951 memorial pole by Mungo Martin, and Joe David’s 1984 Welcome Figure. As well, Eric Robertson’s Shaking the Crown Bone of 2000 will be placed at the north entrance of the Multiversity Galleries.

On February 14 from 4-5 pm, Jennifer Kramer launches Kesu’: the Life and Art of Doug Cranmer, at the MOA shop at the University of British Columbia. A major exhibition of Doug Cranmer’s work opens in March at MOA. http://www.moa.ubc.ca

Dec 072011
Joe David/Preston Singletary Shrine Figures.  Photo: Ann Cameron

Joe David/Preston Singletary Shrine Figures. Photo: Ann Cameron

Ka Ka Win Chealth: Joe David & Preston Singletary is an exhibition at the Spirit Wrestler Gallery in Vancouver until December 10 2011. The title of the exhibition is the traditional Nuu-chah-nulth family name given to Joe David meaning Orca Transforming or Wolf Transforming into Killer Whale.

Joe David has worked with Tlingit artist Preston Singletary at the Pilchuk Glass School near Seattle since 2000. The group of Shrine Figures illustrated above refers to the Yuquot Whalers’ Shrine, a ritual structure with figures traditionally used in the spiritual preparations for whale hunts.

The Gallery has published a striking and well-illustrated catalogue of the exhibition. For more information see http://www.spiritwrestler.com