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The Salish Weave Collection: Works on Paper

Burnaby Art Gallery
Burnaby BC – Apr 18-May 31, 2017

lessLIE, Protecting Posterity

lessLIE, Protecting Posterity (2005), serigraph [Burnaby Art Gallery, Burnaby BC, Apr 18-May 31] Photo: Janet Dwyer, Salish Weave Collection, City of Burnaby permanent Collection

This collection of Coast Salish art began in 1999 when George and Christiane Smyth acquired two prints and a round glass tabletop by Musqueam artist Susan Point. Since then the collection has swelled, and the Smyths have quietly expanded their commitment to Coast Salish art and artists through the Collection’s sponsorship of the Visiting Artists Program at the University of Victoria’s Anthropology Department.

For this exhibition, featured artists include K’ómoks First Nations member Andy Everson, whose career began as an 18-year-old when he designed and painted Chilkat-style blankets for potlach dances; Tsartlip Nation member Chris Paul, whose floral and faunal designs can be found in prints, paintings, cedar carvings and glass sculptures; and Susan Point, who was taught the traditional values of her culture by her mother Edna Grant-Point and her uncle Dominic Point.

As the most senior member of this group, Point has played an important role in what some refer to as the Coast Salish art renaissance. Her concurrent exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, led Georgia Straight art critic Robin Laurence to declare: “she has realized an astonishing number of distinctive images out of a single underlying form, propelling the spindle whorl into the modern world – and beyond.”

Michael Turner

 Tue, Apr 4, 2017