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Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast

The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
Vancouver BC – Jun 20, 2009-Jan 31, 2010

Marianne Nicolson, Tunic for a Noblewoman: In Memory of ‘Wadzidalaga, detail (2008–2009)

Marianne Nicolson, Tunic for a Noblewoman: In Memory of ‘Wadzidalaga, detail (2008–2009), mixed media [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jan 31]

Sonny Assu, iPotlach v2 10,000 Ancestors in Your Pocket (2008)

Sonny Assu, iPotlach v2 10,000 Ancestors in Your Pocket (2008), acrylic on canvas [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jan 31]

Shawn Hunt, Trickster (2008-2009)

Shawn Hunt, Trickster (2008-2009), acrylic on canvas [Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art, Vancouver BC, Jun 20-Jan 31]

Continuum: Vision and Creativity on the Northwest Coast represents the work of Aboriginal artists from many cultures and communities ranging, from Alaska through the British Columbia towns of Masset, Bella Bella, Alert Bay, Sechelt, Victoria and Vancouver, to Bellingham and Fife in Washington State.

The 23 emerging and mid-career artists are Sonny Assu, John Brent Bennett, Hollie Bear Bartlett, Kelly Cannell, Mike Dangeli, Nick Galanin, Philip Gray, Dean Hunt, Shawn Hunt, Aaron Nelson-Moody, Marianne Nicolson, Corey Moraes, Shaun Peterson, Krista Point, Ian Reid, Teri Rofkar, Tanis S'eiltin, Moy Sutherland, Jay Simeon, Carrie Ann Vanderhoop, Dan Wallace, William Wasden Jr., and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.

The artworks were commissioned through a grant from Arts Partners in Creative Development and include a wide range of mediums: printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, jewellery, textiles, carving and an installation. Curated by Mique'l Icesis Askren, the work explores connections and differences between traditional and contemporary art practices.

The objectives of the exhibition are to advance cultural exchange and to support the creation of diverse artistic forms, styles and genres in contemporary practice. An exhibition catalogue with colour images and texts by artists accompanies the exhibition.

Related events include artist presentations on Saturday, June 20, and a series of artist talks that extend through September to December 2009. Artist in residencies and forums are also taking place with three "dialogue partners": the 'Ksan Museum in Hazelton, BC, the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay, BC, and the Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate.

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 Sat, Jun 6, 2009