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Rena Point Bolton, Salish Cedar Basket Group.

Rena Point Bolton, Salish Cedar Basket Group, 1980 - present [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Apr 30-Aug 22] Collection of the artist

SMASH: International Indigenous Weaving

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Victoria BC – Apr 30-Aug 22, 2010

Teri Rofkar, Raven’s Tail Waist Robe

Teri Rofkar, Raven’s Tail Waist Robe (1994), wool, leather, deer toes [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Apr 30-Aug 22]

Smash is an innovative exhibition of more than sixty examples of weavings by Aboriginal artists from five regions: the BC Coast, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Alaska, the American Southwest and Hawaii. Unique differences can be seen in the designs, the types of materials available in each region, and the practical use of the pieces.

The exhibition places the work of the Coast Salish artists within an international context, although there are many variations in the work of emerging artists, self-taught artists, mid-career artists, and master weavers. Using materials that include bull rush, cedar root, bark, flax and wool, the 16 artists have fashioned both traditional and contemporary woven baskets, blankets, rugs, rattles, hats and masks. One highlight is a blanket by Coast Salish artist Debra Sparrow on loan from the Government House collection.

The exhibition is curated by Canada Council Aboriginal Curator in Residence, Rose M. Spahan from the Salish nation, and is accompanied by a major catalogue featuring essays by Spahan and Cathi Charles Wherry. It includes photographs of the works on display and archival photographs from the Royal BC Museum.

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Mia Johnson

Angela Marston, Four Elements Healing Rattles

Angela Marston, Four Elements Healing Rattles (2010), Yellow cedar, abalone inlay, white pebbles, fresh water pearls, Tzhoulem crystals, acrylic paint, red cedar bark, yellow cedar bark, bear grass [Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria BC, Apr 30-Aug 22]


 Sun, Jun 6, 2010