"Attributed to Edenshaw: Identifying the Hand of the Artist" showcases the work of the late Haida artist Charles Edenshaw and his wife Isabella.
Charles Edenshaw (ca. 1839-1924) was a celebrated artist and master of a diversity of mediums, from silver and argillite to wood and stone. This exhibition features many fine examples, from an intricately carved walking stick to argillite and bentwood dishes.
The exhibition inadvertently pays tribute to the late Bill Reid, who identified the three Edenshaw bracelets which gave this exhibition its genesis. Reid, a renowned B.C. artist and descendent of Edenshaw, recognized the gold bracelets when they were loaned to the Museum for heritage preservation by the BC Children's Hospital Foundation. Bequeathed by the late Harold Holt to the Foundation, they have never been seen publicly before.
Also opening April 28 is a powerful exhibit of photo-based portraits of Haida hereditary chiefs.
© Mia Johnson