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.

Just Posted

Masset fishing derby proves to be a catch

All ages participated in the competition to bring in the top salmon and halibut hauls

Yarn Bombing mastermind is back in town

Big Canada Day longweekend in the works

Maritime Museum project receives legacy grant

A special project of the Dixon Entrance Maritime Museum Society has been… Continue reading

Richardson Ranch celebrating 100 years of family and ranching in Haida Gwaii

Tlell Polled Hereford’s continue to win awards while the ranch becomes a popular spot for visitors

Sustainble economy flourishing in Haida Gwaii and Great Bear Rainforest thanks to First Nations investments

From 2008-2018, funding initiatives led to more than $286 million in new investments

First ever Nisga’a mortuary totem pole unveiled in Prince Rupert cemetery on Father’s Day weekend

The pole was unveiled at Fairview Cemetery in honour of the late Robert Tait, renowned carver

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

B.C.’s measles vaccination program gains traction in May

More than 15,000 doses of the MMR vaccine has been administered across the province

B.C. farmers concerned Agricultural Land Reserve changes choking their livelihood

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting hosted on Vancouver Island

UPDATE: Two-year-old involved in Chilliwack pool drowning has died

Toddler was reported to not be breathing as air ambulance called out Thursday afternoon

Family frustrated Terrace dad with advanced cancer must wait weeks for treatment

‘We can see his health declining every day,’ daughter says

B.C. high school withdraws notices for temporary dress code

Parents previously told the Interior News they felt there was inadequate consultation over the rules

VIDEO: Toronto Raptors announcer credited with calming crowds after shooting

Matt Devlin, the Raptors’ play-by-play announcer since 2008, was praised for preventing panic from spreading

Most Read