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Current And Upcoming Exhibitions

Exhibition: Bill Reid Creative Journeys
Exhibition: The Art of Small Things: Meghann O'Brien

Xi Xanya Dzam – Those who are amazing at making things
April 5 to September 4, 2017

Joe David Drum
Drum by Joe David, Nuu-chah-nulth. Photo: Kenji Nagai.

Xi Xanya Dzam (pronounced hee hun ya zam) is the Kwak'wala word describing incredibly talented and gifted people who create works of art. The exhibition is both a showcase and a critical exploration of ‘achievement’ and ‘excellence’ in traditional and contemporary First Nations art.

The works by these accomplished artists have been featured together in one show for the first time ever. This diverse presentation includes traditional masks, carvings, baskets and moosehide, as well as contemporary prints, sculptures and jewelry. It is an amazing opportunity to learn more about the rich, sophisticated and complex arts and cultural histories of BC First Nations.

It features work by 11 recipients of the BC Lifetime Creative Achievement Awards for First Nations Art (2007 - 2016) and highlights how different nations celebrate excellence:

2007 - Dempsey Bob, Tahltan, Tlingit
2007 - Robert Davidson, Haida
2008 - Mary Michell, Carrier
2009 - Earl Muldon, Gitxsan
2010 - Rena Point Bolton, Sto:lo
2011 - Primrose Adams, Haida
2012 - Norman Tait, Nisga’a
2013 - Mandy Brown, Nlaka’pamux
2014 - Alvin Mack, Nuxalk
2015 - Joe David, Nuu-cha-nulth
2016 - Susan A. Point, Musqueam

Exhibition Sponsors: British Columbia Arts Council, Deux Mille Foundation, British Columbia Achievement Foundation, The Georgia Straight

Bill Reid Creative Journeys
April 14, 2016 to December 10, 2017

Bill Reid Carving
Bill Reid carving Skidegate Pole 1976. Photo: Martine Reid.

An exhibition presented in partnership with the Vancouver International Airport to mark the 20th anniversary of Bill Reid's iconic sculpture, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii.

Celebrating the many creative journeys of acclaimed master goldsmith and sculptor Bill Reid (1920–1998), this exhibition provides a comprehensive introduction to his life and work.

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The Art of Small Things: Meghann O'Brien

MOB Baskets
Meghann O'Brien: L: Rattle Top Basket, 2012. R: Growth Rings of Cedar Basket, 2010. Photo: KK Law

Meghann takes materials from the natural world and transforms them into remarkable pieces of high-level human expression. Working with traditional materials such as mountain goat wool and cedar bark has given her a deep connection to the supernatural world, a connection to her ancestors. She describes working with cedar bark as, “travelling back in time” or “touching the cosmos”. Her creations have made a profound impact within Contemporary Northwest Coast Art.

Exhibition Supporters: Dianna Waggoner and Michael Alexander

By Jerry Grey, Visual Artist
BILL REID: "Mythic Messengers" 1984
Illustration by Jerry Grey

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