Colouring Outside the Formline

From the first time I saw Steve Smith‘s work at the Vancouver International Airport, I knew he was not a traditionalist. In a documentary by Fred Cawsey¬†about the artist and the installations at YVR, Steve says: “My interest isn’t really to do traditional native art … I’m trying to do native art in a way…

5 Things I Love About Susan Point’s Show, Spindle Whorl

Strong women, it seems, are everywhere. It may just be that I need to see them now more than ever, and so my eyes are watching, waiting for the next bit of inspiration and reminder that I am a blessed species. With Women’s Day just last Wednesday the Susan Point Exhibit at the Vancouver Art…

First Nations Artists Honoured by the BC Achievement Foundation

“The fact that everyone was calling it a luncheon tipped me off right away. They don’t call it that where I come from! I knew I couldn’t wear jeans like I had to the formal opening at the Bill Reid Gallery” On November 15th, 2016 the BC Achievement Foundation celebrated six First Nations Artists with…

Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Teaches with Humour

“The monumental pieces almost fool you into the illusion that you have stepped back in time and are seeing the ‘traditional’ life of First Nations People of BC.” Walking into the Museum of Anthropology at the University of BC is a little bit like walking into a parallel universe. A place that Yuxweluptun used to…