April White show opens Friday In Masset

  • Jul. 30, 2007 5:00 p.m.

Submitted article–The Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a show of artworks by celebrated Haida artist April White beginning with an opening reception Friday August 3 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in its Bradley Gallery. Refreshments will be served, including teas, coffee, savouries and sweets.April’s photorealistic watercolours of landscapes, people and old totem poles in and around Haida Gwaii are often mistaken for photographs. She is also adept at the use of acrylics and has developed several series of limited edition hand-pulled screen prints, making her works affordable for nearly everyone. Her latest series, “Birds of Haida Gwaii” include depictions of hummingbird, cormorant, tufted puffin, raven, eagle, blue heron, owl and her latest, a dove in “Flight to Freedom”, a tribute to the good works of the Transition House.April’s talents surely stem from her blood connection to Charles Edenshaw through her father Brian White, son of famed boat builder and fisherman Geoffrey White. She has spent countless hours studying works of her great-great-grandfather Edenshaw as well as the many other talented Haida carvers and painters for her inspiration. She was born on Haida Gwaii and though she grew up in Powell River, April has remained deeply connected to the Charlottes and has even taken part in the painting of a number of poles raised in Skidegate and Masset since the 1990s. She has even begun carving argillite and was seen recently hiking down Slatechuck with a pack full of the precious stone.Entirely self-taught, April credits her Haida roots with her abilities to innovate and adapt to each medium.The museum, at 2182 Harrison Avenue, wrapped up a show featuring artists Linda Rowbotham, Tom Arnott and Marsha Jordan at the end of July. April’s works will be on display through August. The museum’s open 1:00pm to 5:00 pm daily. Private viewings are also available before or after hours. For more info, call 626-6072.