Surfer’s Paradise: Northwest Coast Surfboards


Surfer’s Paradise: Northwest Coast Surfboards

Mark Loria Gallery, Victoria, BC - To Sep 21

by Robin Laurance

Although surf art has existed among many coastal communities for decades, this exhibition is the first to present an Indigenous Northwest Coast spin on it. Using western red cedar from Vancouver Island as their medium, some 20 contemporary artists have carved and painted an array of compelling boards. Their designs explore not only individual and cultural identity, but also the artists’ relationship with the ocean – a profound element of First Nations territories on the North Pacific coast.

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