Bill Reid Gallery opens next week

  • Apr. 30, 2008 8:00 p.m.

Next Thursday, Jim Hart will formally place his finished copper on the tribute pole dedicated to his Chinni Charles Edenshaw and to his mentor Bill Reid. In so doing, he will herald the opening of the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art in its new location on Hornby Street in Vancouver.Bill Reid was an internationally renowned Haida carver whose work and efforts brought Northwest Coast art to the attention of the world, and perhaps more importantly, gave deep inspiration to his own people. An image of his monumental sculpture, Spirit of Haida Gwaii adorns the twenty dollar bill, and he carved the first pole to be raised in Skidegate in modern times. He studied and drew heavily from the work of his ancestors whom, he said, created unique objects which were both perfect in design and of great intensity.”We need to carry on with that greatness,” said Mr. Hart, “Bill was passionate about the ‘well made object’, and the well-made objects in the show will hold the standard pretty high for us.” The gallery, says Mr. Hart will offer both an opportunity for Haida and Northwest Coast artists to study Reid’s work in detail, and be a great place to show their work.Shows will include works as diverse as jewelry, carving and an intricate model of Skidegate in the 1890s. The opening week begins Tuesday (May 6), when the Coast Salish nation welcomes the Haida. On May 8, Chief 7idansuu, Jim Hart, will unveil the Memorial Pole. Lieutenant Governor Stephen Point will give an opening speech and Chief Councillor Willard Wilson, members of the Skidegate Council, Miles Richardson, and the apprentices on the pole are among those who will attend. May 10 is a day long show open to the general public.