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2021 Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, Student Exhibition

The 2021 Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art Student Exhibition runs from March 5th to 27th, 2021 at the Kitimat Museum & Archives. Pieces by talented first and second-year students will be on display, and will be available to purchase. Come see first-hand the skill of these hardworking emerging artists.

The Upstairs Gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Covid-19: Gallery capacity is limited to 3 people and masks are required upon entry to the building. Learn more about the COVID-19 policies the Museum has in place.

About the School

The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art was created by founding Instructors Dempsey Bob, Stan Bevan, and Ken McNeil in 2006 in partnership with Coast Mountain College. The campus is located on the unceded territory of the Ts'msyen Nation and is open to all Nations. The program is unique and is the only art school of its kind in all of Canada. The program is committed to the revival of traditional Northwest Coast Art, Culture, Language, and Art History. Within the program students learn drawing, design, painting, and carving traditional Northwest Coast Art. These art skills are utilized and developed in Professional Development which gears students to exhibitions in the North with the opportunity of exhibiting in Vancouver at the years end. The program opens many opportunities for serious artists and exposes students to other potential careers related to art and culture. The legacy of the program is currently being carried on by alumni instructors Nathan Wilson, Nakkita Trimble, Arlene Ness, and Stephanie Anderson.

Source: Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art

 

2021 Awards

Presidents Choice Award Winner

Alexander Erickson

Artist: Alexander Erickson

Alexander Erickson is 36 years old. He was born in Terrace, BC. He was raised both in Vancouver and Terrace. He is Dakelh and Haisla. His Maternal side is from Nak'azdli, and his Paternal side is from Haisla. He lives and works with Coast Salish Territory known as KwiKwitlum (Coquitlam). He has been an artist since he was a small boy. He became interested in Northwest Coast Design when he lived in Victoria at the age of 18. He finds inspiration in his connection to the land. He is a self-taught artist with only brief lessons/advice from other artists, which has led him to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Fine Art. If given one choice of medium, he would prefer to carve. As an artist, he believes he has a responsibility to tell the stories that which are affecting or happening with the people. Currently under his studies, his focus is to strengthen his form line. His pieces depict stories from his Haisla roots, as well the connection we all share with the animal world.

"The Bumblebee, such an important creature to all living things. I have always had a fascination with ‘Bugs’. I chose the bumblebee because I had one come to me in a ceremony.

I decided to do a larger version to show how really important it is. It truly shows what an impact it has on all our relations, plants, trees, people and the animals. In the center ovoid, is the human, one that has forgotten the importance of the bee. In the Abdomen, is an eye, to show our ancestors who are always watching us. Finally, the wings show, what I see, as the Pollen Spirits."

The Provider

Dimensions: 24” x 36”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel

 


Honourable Mention

Lucy Trimble

Artist: Lucy Trimble

Lucy Trimble is Nisga'a from Gingolx, or Kincolith. She grew up in Prince Rupert and is currently completing the first year of the Freda Diesing Program. Her traditional name is Hlgu Maksguum Ganaaw. Lucy belongs to the Frog Clan is from Wilp Axdii Will Luugooda. Lucy is currently in her first year at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art.

"When I look at myself through the lens of my clan I see a reflection of my ancestors, and the youth living today. Copper is a symbol of wealth, and abalone represents protection when placed in the eyes. It is the youths responsibility to protect the wealth of our culture.

Our young people in care need to connect to their culture with pride to see themselves reflected in the world around them. I want the youth to know who they are so that they can shape their future and place themselves within the contemporary world."

Ganaaẃ Ganx’oots’in

Dimensions: 16” x 24”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel

 

First Year Gallery

Raven Steals the Sun

Artist: Toby Cote
Dimensions: 11” x 17”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Price: $125.00, unframed

Bold

Artist: Toby Cote
Dimensions: 11” x 17”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Price: $125.00, unframed

Wolf As Guardian

Artist: Toby Cote
Dimensions: 11” x 17”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Price: $125.00, unframed

Two Spirit Raven

Artist: Toby Cote
Dimensions: 11” x 17”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour Paper
Price: Sold

Haida Flag Rendition

Artist: Allan Davidson
Dimensions: 24” x 36”
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Price: NFS

The Provider: 2021 First Place President's Art Awards

Artist: Alexander Erickson
Dimensions: 36” x 24”
Medium: Acrylic Paint on Birch Panel
Price: NFS

Honouring Everyone

Artist: Alexander Erickson
Dimensions: 24” x 36”
Medium: Acrylic Paint on Birch Panel
Price: Sold

Unlearning

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 16” x 16”
Medium: Acrylic and Watercolour Paper
Price: $300, framed

Yellow Cedar Fringe

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 28” x 30”
Medium: Organic cotton canvas, fabric paint, naturally dyed embroidery thread, recycled cotton rope
Price: $350

Keep Creating

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 21” x 28”
Medium: Organic cotton canvas, fabric paint, naturally dyed embroidery thread, recycled cotton rope
Price: $250

Drumbeat

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 18” x 18”
Medium: Acrylic and Watercolour Paper
Price: $300, framed

Smiik’ask

Artist: Lucy Trimble
Dimensions: 24” x 16”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: NFS

Ganaaẃ Ganx’oots’in: 2021 Honourable Mention President's Art Awards

Artist: Lucy Trimble
Dimensions: 24” x 16”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: NFS

Eagle Taking Flight

Artist: Tryton  Moody
Dimensions: 20” x 16”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $250

Whale Crest

Artist: Tryton  Moody
Dimensions: 14” x 18”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: Sold

The Dancing Bear

Artist: Tryton  Moody
Dimensions: 16” round
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $225

Beaver

Artist: Satsi Naziel
Dimensions: 36” x 24”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $350

Otter

Artist: Satsi Naziel
Dimensions: 30” round
Medium: Gauche on Birch Panel
Price: NFS

Blackfish

Artist: Satsi Naziel
Dimensions: 30” round
Medium: Gauche on Birch Panel
Price: NFS

Second Year Gallery

Raven Steals the Moon

Artist: Kiri Geen
Dimensions: 16” round
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $500

1889 Tlingit Bentwood Box Rendition

Artist: Kiri Geen
Dimensions: 24” round
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $450

Return of the Saviour Fish

Artist: Melodie Hoy
Dimensions: 11.5” x 6”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $125

Northwest Coast Bentwood Box

Artist: Mary Martin
Dimensions: 18” x 24”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel w/Operculum Shell
Price: $350

Northwest Coast Halibut

Artist: Mary Martin
Dimensions: 16” x 12”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $175

Bentwood Box Rendition

Artist: Anita Naziel
Dimensions: 18" x 24”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $NFS

Bentwood Box Rendition

Artist: Hannah Stewart
Dimensions: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic on Birch Panel
Price: $300

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Kitimat Museum & Archives

The Kitimat Centennial Museum (original name) opened in October 1969 and has served Kitimat citizens for the past forty years as the place for community and natural history, and an exhibition centre for visual arts.

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