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/