Canada Day is a day of reflection for me, not because of my patriotism but because it is the day my father passed away. Ernest Fazakas was only 51 when he died fifteen years ago and it came as a big shock to my family. For me, the experience coalesced into the realization that life…

MOA is offering an amazing three day workshop taking place from July 30th to August 1st. “Fabricating Fashion” will explore the fibre arts of the Pacific and their creation and display in a museum context. The workshop is a rare opportunity for participants to have an immersive experience, making their own piece and working with…

Having been afforded the great pleasure of visiting the world-renowned White Cube Gallery in London, England this past month, I had the lovely experience of happening upon another former colleague’s work featured there. What a delightful surprise to see the work of photographer Matthew Booth displayed in such a celebrated space. His undeniable talent has…

The National Gallery in Ottawa has a big summer splash planned with the International Indigenous Art Exhibition Sakahàn, and ArtWise is excited to see Beau Dick and Corey Bulpitt among the artists celebrated. The shows title Sakahàn is an Algonquin word meaning “to light [a fire]”.  With more than 150 works by over 80 artists representing 16 countries…

Roy Arden and fellow artists Nicole Ondre, Paul Wong, Renée Van Halm, Lyse Lemieux, and Stephen Waddell are frustrated by the lack of voice for art makers in the proposed new Vancouver Art Gallery decision making process. In this  Georgia Straight article they articulate how alienated many of those who are making art feel in the process and how…

After more than a week on the road Beau Dick and his family and friends might feel exhausted but that doesn’t stop them. The final day of the week long walk started over 30 klm  away from the legislature building, the final destination. Despite the  cold and the long walk Beau took the time to…

START DAY (FEB2nd) Visit Quatsino residents Leave from T’saxis (Fort Rupert) Arrive at Port McNeil in afternoon, meeting a group of people… Continue towards Woss on the highway (photos courtesy of Steven Calvert) What an incredible honour to witness this historical event. I was once again moved by a great sense of generosity and community…

Beau Dick was acknowledged for his artistic career last year when he received the prestigious Shadbolt Award. This wasn’t the first time the artistic community recognized the gifted talent Beau Dick possesses. With over forty years of carving and painting under his belt, he’s caught the attention of the art world more than a few…

So excited that Cineplex Entertainment has come on board the documentary project “Makers of Monsters” for a special theatrical release across Canada in 2014. Beau Dick is the subject of an upcoming documentary film about his life and work, entitled “Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters.” Beau Dick is a renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist whose works are…

David R. Boxley is an eloquent speaker. Here he gives insight into the contemporary circumstances of Tsimshian art. His determination to find ways to connect with his history is inspiring. There is no doubt that the fortitude passed down to him by his father David A. Boxley will continue to inspire for generations to come….

Alano Edzerza is an exciting and enthusiastic artist. His creative efforts have lead him to launching a new website that demonstrates his versitility. Congratulations Alano!      

Artwise had the profound privilege of witnessing Beau Dick’s mask burning ceremony at his September long weekend potlatch. This special weekend  left onlookers with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for how Kwakwaka’wakw cultural practices encourage generosity. Many people commented afterwards how moved they were by the giving nature of the events. The atmosphere…

Kyran Yeomans, son of Don  and Trace Yeomans, documents the making of The McMichael Collection’s totem pole. The pole is on permanent display in the Grand Hall of the museum in Kleinberg ON. Don Yeomans and his son Kyran worked on the 35′ pole together for almost a year and in 2009 the completed pole…

Beau Dick was recently interviewed by the Vancouver Sun. where he talks about his upcoming exhibition, potlatch and the ceremonial burning of masks. It’s always exciting to see an artist who refuses to fit inside the box; not as an act of rebellion but simply because they do not see the box as the standard….

Beau Dick is the subject of an upcoming documentary film about his life and work, entitled “Beau Dick – Maker of Monsters.” Beau Dick is a renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist whose works are collected and displayed around the world, who lives his life on a small island reserve, far away from the city, with little more…

ARTWISE congratulates Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick, 2012 recipient of the Shadbolt Foundation VIVA Award, granted annually by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Foundation. Beau Dick and fellow VIVA award recipient Ron Tran shared the stage on this celebratory evening with Marian Penner, Audain Prize recipient for lifetime achievement. The crowd got a chance to see…

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