Feb 052015

In January, the latest commissioned work of art at the Vancouver Airport was unveiled. The Rivers Monument by Marianne Nicolson in the A-B Connector area combines modern media with ancient petroglyphs and totem poles of the Pacific Northwest Coast to “reverse relationships of industrialization and commercialization which have tended to be oppressive to Indigenous Peoples and the lands and resources they have relied on.” The magnificent glass poles represent the Columbia and Fraser Rivers. The images etched into the glass are inspired by ancient petroglyphs.

Kevin Griffin Blog in the Vancouver Sun has more images http://blogs.vancouversun.com/2015/01/16/marianne-nicolson-yvr-takes-a-chance-on-challenging-art/

Apr 062013
Marianne drafting

Marianne Nicolson, Max’inux – Killer Whale Installation Drawings Equinox Gallery

Marianne Nicolson: Walking on Water (Thin Ice) opens April 6 2013 to May 4 2013 at the Equinox Gallery at 525 Great Northern Way, on the Great Northern Way Campus, east of Main and E. 2nd Avenue, Vancouver. The exhibition includes free-standing glass sculptures and drawings. The bluish glass sculptures are arranged on the floor, giving the impression of a pod of partly-submerged killer whales.



Nov 052012

Marianne Nicolson This Land is a Person 2011
Photo: Ann Cameron

Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson’s commissioned sculpture, The Land is a Person, is now installed in the garden of the Cedar Springs retirement residence in North Vancouver.

The piece, the form of a Northwest coast hat and standing like a pergola, is easily visible on the south side of Mt. Seymour Parkway, near Mt. Seymour Road.

The artist describes her piece:” Inspired by cedar and spruce-root hats of the Indigenous Pacific Northwest Coast people, this artwork expresses the belief that the land exists as an equivalent being to humanity.  As such it should be respected.  The horizontal layers of the landscape reveal that the land we live on is an ancient body.  Knowledge acquired over time is embedded in the land in the same way it has become embedded in the aging human body.  This hat celebrates the respect and reverence for aging and agedness that the Indigenous people of the coast uphold both for the land and for the person.”

The work was commissioned as a co-operative project of the North Vancouver Public Art program and the buildings owner Arbour Retirement Residences.

See http://www.artsoffice.ca/news/whats_new/articles471.php

May 092012
Marianne Nicolson, Foolmakers in the Setting Sun, 2012  Photo: Ann Cameron

Marianne Nicolson, Foolmakers in the Setting Sun, 2012 Photo: Ann Cameron

Marianne Nicolson’s work in the Surrey Art Gallery exhibition Vision Machine can be seen until June 10 2012. (See The Beat April 2012) The photograph taken of the installation in the darkened gallery at the SAG, catches the shadow of the Ghost and the Foolmakers overlaid on the projected image of the Alberta oilsands at dusk. Nicolson states: “The reference to dusk is a metaphor for the sustainability of the planet, given global warning and dwindling natural resources.”


Nicolson is giving a talk at the Museum of Anthropology on Sunday, May 6 2012 at 1 pm, as part of the lecture series on Doug Cranmer’s influence on younger artists.

Apr 012012
Marianne Nicolson, Ni’nulamgila le’e Banistida ‘Tlisala  (Foolmakers in the Setting Sun) 2012. Photo: Courtesy of the artist & Equinox Gallery

Marianne Nicolson, Ni’nulamgila le’e Banistida ‘Tlisala (Foolmakers in the Setting Sun) 2012. Photo: Courtesy of the artist & Equinox Gallery

Opening April 7 and continuing to June 10 2012, Vision Machine: Marianne Nicolson and Etienne Zack at the Surrey Art Gallery.

The Surrey Art Gallery is less than an hour from downtown Vancouver at 13750 88th Avenue in Surrey.

Artists Marianne Nicolson and Etienne Zack will speak at the SAG opening reception on Saturday April 14 2012 at 6:30 pm.


Apr 012012
MOA Director Anthony Shelton unveils and mounts the ceremonial club.  Photo: Ann Cameron

MOA Director Anthony Shelton unveils and mounts the ceremonial club. Photo: Ann Cameron

 The Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver caught media attention with a recent announcement of the donation of a rare historical piece from the expedition of Captain James Cook to the Pacific coast in 1778. The club was given to the English explorer by the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation when Cook’s ship visited Yuquot in Nootka Sound. Philanthropist Michael Audain purchased the ceremonial object earlier this year with the intention of giving it to the Museum of Anthropology.

Curatorial comments on similar museum pieces can be found at the MOA blog at http://www.moa.ubc.ca/blog/

The exhibition Kesu’: The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer, continues at MOA until September 3 2012.

Five artists inspired by the late Doug Cranmer will speak about his impact on their work: Richard Sumner, Sunday April 15, Meghann O’Brien, Sunday April 22, Bruce Alfred & Wayne Alfred, Sunday April 19, and

Marianne Nicolson, Sunday May 6. All talks are at 1 pm, at MOA.

Mar 042012
Doug Cranmer Untitled 9 (Canoe)  Photo: Royal British Columbia Museum

Doug Cranmer Untitled 9 (Canoe) Photo: Royal British Columbia Museum

Research on a Kwakwaka’wakw artist at the UBC Museum of Anthropology has resulted in both a major exhibition and a substantial book of the same name: Kesu : The Art and Life of Doug Cranmer. The exhibition opens on March 16 2012, on view until September 3 2012. Kesu is the Kwakwala name of the late Mr. Cranmer, and means “wealth being carved”.

The exhibition is organized in modules reflecting different aspects of Cranmer’s character, “perspectives,” and the range of his work.

Cranmer’s façade paintings of the U’Mista Cultural Centre and the Community Centre in Alert Bay are surely the largest of his works; other projects are in Stanley Park, Ottawa’s Museum of Civilization, Osaka’s Museum of Ethnology, the Glenbow Museum, Deep Cove, the Royal British Columbia Museum, and many private collections.

The 142-page book is published by Douglas & McIntyre and the Museum of Anthropology. It includes many photographs of Cranmer, colour illustrations of his extensive oeuvre and a Foreword by Gloria Cranmer Webster, his sister and like him a leader in the Alert Bay community. Curator Jennifer Kramer will speak on Sunday, March 18 at 1 pm about Cranmer.

As a tribute to Cranmer, who was a gifted teacher and inspired a great many younger artists, MOA is offering a series of talks by noted artists who worked with him, beginning with Richard Sumner on Sunday April 15 at 1 pm, and including also Meghann O’Brien, Bruce Alfred and Wayne Alfred, and Marianne Nicolson.

Nov 012011
Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011  Marianne Nicolson

Oilspill: the Inevitability of Enbridge, 2011 Marianne Nicolson

Open Space in Victoria is presenting A Travelling Exhibition, work by eleven indigenous artists from across Canada, until August 25 2012. Featured artists are Kwakwaka’wakw artist Marianne Nicolson, and Tania Willard, Lindsay Delaronde, Sandra Semchuk & James Nicholas, Emilio Portal, Neal Mcleod, Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Cathi Charles Wherry and others. The exhibition is time-based, with the premise of extending the show into cultural time, one work at a time, each shown for one month.

Curator Peter Morin of the Tahltan nation is interested in applying Indigenous cultural values in his approach to this exhibition. Two questions inspire his curatorial work:

When you meet me on the land, how will we share our stories?, and

When you meet me on the land, how will time give space for our stories?

The public is invited to a curatorial talk by Peter Morin at 7:30 on November 8 2011, at Open Space, 510 Fort Street, Victoria.

An ongoing record of the exhibition is at: