Sep 142013
 

A. Sterritt Happy Sky/Heaven Honour Indigenous Women Ourselves, 2013 Photo: David Brosha, Wolf Design: Valerie Margan

Next on the schedule for Vancouver’s Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is Rez/Erect: Native Erotica, “a fresh, playful, provocative insight into sensuality and sexuality.” Artists include Shawn Hunt, Nicholas Galanin, Dionne Paul, Preston Singletary and Alida Kinnie Starr.

The curators tell us :“Artists draw their inspiration from diverse sources: the natural world, language, oral histories, creation stories, ancient songs of love and heartbreak, dance, ceremony, traditional foods, working with wood and natural fibres.” The exhibition runs from September 25 2013 through February 16 2014.

This is the last week for Haisla artist Lyle Wilson’s exhibition Paint! at the Bill Reid Gallery before it closes on September 15 2013. The final program, at 2 pm on Saturday September 14, is Lyle Wilson’s Lost Essay in the British Museum. Wilson will speak about the evolution of the art of the Pacific Northwest coast based on his study of the works from the important collection of the British Museum.

For more about the gallery, see http://www.billreidgallery.ca

 

Mar 112013
 
Untitled Work

Shawn Hunt, Untitled, 2013
Macaulay & Co Fine Art Gallery, Vancouver

Macaulay & Co. Fine Art has opened a new gallery space east of Main at 293 East 2nd Avenue in Vancouver. One of the gallery’s artists, Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt has distinguished himself both in traditional work along with an evolving more personal innovative style with elements of Surrealism.

The Macaulay & Co opening show continues until March 30 2013. The next exhibition at Macaulay is recent work by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun from April 4 to May 4 2013. See http://mfineart.ca/

 

Mar 042012
 
Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011  Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Shawn Hunt, Master of Ceremony, 2011 Photo: Vancouver Art gallery & Shawn Hunt

Beat Nation: art, hip hop and aboriginal culture continues at the Vancouver Art Gallery until June 3 2012. The exhibition has work from more than 20 North American aboriginal artists, work created in contemporary idiom informed in some way by a First Nations background. Included are Shawn Hunt, Dana Claxton, Sonny Assu, Nicholas Galanin and Skeena Reece.

On April 3 2012 a panel Unlikely Architectures: Contested Territories “explores the city as a space of overlapping histories and territories.” See http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

The exhibition opened with an explosive Kickoff on February 24 2012, much enhanced by high energy creative performances.

A search on You Tube will bring up some video clips of brilliant dance and music routines.

See CBC’s site http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2012/03/01/beat-nation-gallery.html?cmp=rss

Dec 072011
 
The Honourable Steven L. Point OBC, Xwe li qwel tel  Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, greets  Haida artist Primrose Adams and congratulates her on receiving the 2011 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art  Photo: Ann Cameron

The Honourable Steven L. Point OBC, Xwe li qwel tel Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, greets Haida artist Primrose Adams and congratulates her on receiving the 2011 BC Creative Lifetime Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art. Photo: Ann Cameron

2011 Creative Achievement awards recipients are: Sonny Assu, Stan Bevan, Vera Edmonds, and Shawn Hunt. Photographs of the Awards ceremony can be viewed at http://www.bcachievement.com/firstnationsart/event.php?year=2011

This website also provides more information about the award, eligibility and the nomination process for it.

Nov 012011
 
Stan Bevan

Stan Bevan

 The BC Achievement Foundation has announced five artists as recipients of the 2011 BC Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art, the fifth year of the awards. They are:

Sonny Assu, Kwakwaka’wakw, lives in Vancouver BC; his exhibition at the West Vancouver Museum runs until November 5 2011. See his website at http://sonnyassu.com/

Stan Bevan, Tsimshian/Tahltan/Tlingit, is from Terrace BC, and is an instructor at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. As a teacher and as an artist, his influence on his peers and the next generation is great. Bevan has worked on the Kitselas Canyon site near Terrace extensively, leading teams of young carvers and designing poles there. His own portfolio is at http://stanbevan.blogspot.com/

Vera Edmonds, Lil’wat, from Mount Currie BC, is a master cedar root weaver. The Lil’wat Cultural Centres in Whistler houses her original works as well as older and valuable pieces she has carefully restored. She is on Facebook.

Shawn Hunt, Heiltsuk, is from Sechelt BC, whose current work was exhibited in October at the Blanket Gallery in Vancouver (see The Beat October 2011). Hunt works in both traditional and more “Pop” modes. See http://www.shawnhunt.net/

Jay Simeon, is a Haida artist who lives in Vancouver BC. From jewellery to masks to wood carvings and ceremonial regalia, he interprets traditional art form in a contemporary setting. Simeon was one of the artists featured in the recent exhibition at the Lattimer Gallery, Silver: Celebrating Twenty-five Years. His online portfolio is at http://www3.telus.net/kitsilan/