Aug 052015
bronze statue

Rande Cook, Quench Water Fountain

Rande Cook’s much-admired water fountain Quench was installed in the city of Duncan BC in 2012, part of a project to recognize the superior quality of water in Duncan.

Looking at the fountain, note the three water outlets: on top, at random mischievous Raven releases a spray of water from his nostril; in the middle, the human figure generously offers a drink from a burbling spout into an eagle bowl, and at sidewalk level, Frog offers a bowl of water to passing dogs.


The Quench fountain is now offered for sale in cold cast bronze through the Fazakas Gallery in Vancouver, in an edition of 25.



Aug 072014

Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology has a small difficult-to-find display well worth seeking out. Go behind the Multiversity Galleries, on into the Textile Research Room. Don’t Give It Up! The Lives and Stories of the Mabel Stanley Collection is open to the public until January 4, 2015.

The exhibition honours a prominent Kwakwaka’wakw advocate for Aboriginal and Women’s rights, Mabel Stanley (1901-1979). Active in her home community of Cape Mudge, Stanley moved to Ladner in 1949 and continued her work, speaking about her culture to audiences across the country while wearing her inherited regalia.

Stanley’s family recently donated her personal collection to MOA, and the museum has created an attractive and informative display which gives insight into the history of an individual and the province.

See and search for Mabel Stanley

May 152014

Cole Speck, Dzunukwa in Class 2, detail Photo: Eric Angus

An exhibition at the new Fazakis Gallery at 145 West 6th Avenue in Vancouver opens on Thursday May 8, 2014. Inappropriate, with artists Beau Dick, Rande Cook and Cole Speck “challenges our preconceptions of indigenous creation. Launching themselves at the contemporary art world from a Kwakwaka’wakw perspective in cosmology, these artists are asserting their own voices and becoming the examiner rather than the examinee.”

Feb 052013


The Alcheringa Gallery in Victoria opens an exhibition of new work by Rande Cook on February 2 to 21 2013. The works include newly created sculptural and graphic works: deeply sculpted panels, two-dimensional works in acrylic and pastel.

The artist is featured in a film The Skin I’m In by Broderick Fox in the Victoria Film Festival. “After a near-fatal accident, Fox is propelled to capture his true sense of self in a full back tattoo. Collaborating with First-Nations artist Rande Cook and African-American tattoo artist Zulu, The Skin I’m In is a raw, intimate story of self-discovery in an increasingly disconnected world.”

Oct 102012
 Mervyn Child, T’lisalagi’lakw Canoe Bowl, 2012  Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria

Mervyn Child, T’lisalagi’lakw Canoe Bowl, 2012
Alcheringa Gallery, Victoria

Lusa’nala: The Way We Came Into This World is an exhibition with an unusual theme, erotic work by contemporary Kwakwaka’wakw artists. The Alcheringa Gallery in downtown Victoria BC is showing recent work by Trevor Hunt, William Wasden Jr., Francis Dick, Mervyn Child and Richard Sumner, as well as organizers Rande Cook and Calvin Hunt, the latter both chiefs of Kwakwaka’wakw bands. Artists found inspiration in legends of their nation and created new sculptures, paintings and other media to retell episodes in the old stories in an imaginative and more explicit way. The exhibition continues until October 29 2012.

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Jun 072012
Untitled by Sharifah Marsden.

Untitled by Sharifah Marsden.

 An exhibition at Vancouver’s Lattimer Gallery from June 16 to July 15 2012 presents paintings by First Nations artists, including Rande Cook, Sharifah Marsden and Steve Smith, Medium: Painting on Canvas. The premise of the show was to leave the subject matter open to the artists’ choice in order to showcase their unique ideas of the role of painting in contemporary Northwest Coast art.

Dec 072011
Repoussé Beaver Pin with Engraved Stand. Edward Joe. Photo:

Repoussé Beaver Pin with Engraved Stand. Edward Joe. Photo:

In downtown Victoria, the Alcheringa Gallery’s new exhibition Chasing Form: New Directions in Repousséis the first show to focus particularly on the metal-working techniques of repoussé and chasing. Exhibiting artists, including Rande Cook, Edward Joe and Debbie Hamdzidi Hunt, attended a recent workshop by European-trained metalsmith Valentin Yotkov. Mr. Yotkov’s studio in New York specializes in the teaching of deep repoussé.