Artists can explore a variety of themes or imagery on their canvases. (Haida Gwaii Museum photo)

Haida Gwaii art gala seeks submissions

Annual fundraiser supports local artists and programs

The Haida Gwaii Museum will be holding its annual Gala and Art Auction at the Skidegate Community Hall on Nov. 23.

The fundraiser, now in its sixth year, raises money for exhibits and programming, along with efforts to support local artists. Last year saw several dozen entries, with the works being submitted on canvases to be hung at the event.

“It’s a lot of fun in the community. People get dressed up and they really look forward to it,” Lynn Hughan, manager at the Haida Gwaii Museum, said.

Past work from the gala. (Haida Gwaii Museum photo)

Past work from the gala. (Haida Gwaii Museum photo)

READ MORE: Take your seats! Eleven shows coming to Haida Gwaii for performance season

Last year’s funding went to the Haida Gwaii Mentor Apprentice Program, which encourages the learning and use of the Haida language, as well as the Yahguudangang exhibit, which highlights the importance of the repatriation of Haida artifacts to their rightful home.

Participants must be over 18, and may submit up to three pieces of canvas work on any combination of 4X4 or 6X6 canvases. There is some flexibility on what the canvas can be, with some past submissions arrving on wood or other organic material.

Past work from the gala. (Haida Gwaii Museum photo)

Artists receive 50 per cent of all sales made, and are able to enter their works for a reduced entry fee. Pieces must be ready for hanging, and are due at the Gina DaahlGahl Naay Trading House by Nov. 2. Canvases can be purchased there, at HlGaagilda or Gin Kuyaas, in Gaw Tlagee.

READ MORE: New dance skills on tap for Haida Gwaii kids

The Saturday night event will feature both food and dress, and is usually accompanied by either live music entertainment, a DJ, or even a dance. The museum is still seeking volunteers and sponsors for the gala. Anyone interested is asked to contact the Haida Gwaii Museum.


Alex Kurial | Journalist
Alex Kurial 
Send Alex email
Like the Haida Gwaii Observer on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Future of Sandspit Inn hangs in the balance, Transport Canada not renewing lease

Transport Canada and Sandspit Community Society set to discuss options

UPDATED: Ferry cancellations and significant wind warning in effect for Haida Gwaii

Loose objects may be tossed by the wind says Environment Canada, BC Ferries cancels sailings

Adverse weather conditions lead to pair of ferry cancellations

Northern Expedition sailings from Prince Rupert and Skidegate affected

This week in photos | The spirit of giving comes to Haida Gwaii

Masset Lions Telethon, Queen Charlotte’s annual craft fair, Fields store coming along in Skidegate

Snowfall warning continues for parts of B.C.’s Interior

First significant snowfall of the season prompts Environment Canada warning

‘Not a decision I came to lightly:’ Scheer to resign as Conservative leader

Decision comes after weeks of Conservative infighting following the October election

‘British Columbians are paying too much’: Eby directs ICBC to delay rate application

Attorney General David Eby calls for delay in order to see how two reforms play out

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Couple who bought $120k banana duct-taped to wall say artwork will be ‘iconic’

Pair compared it to Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans,’ which was initially ‘met with mockery’

Race to replace Andrew Scheer could be a crowded one

Many familiar faces, such as Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and Kevin O’Leary, have said no

Owner surrenders dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage to BC SPCA

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

Most Read