From There To Here: All Islands Art Show 2009

  • Feb. 9, 2009 2:00 p.m.

submitted by Sheila Karrow–Can a hammer be sensual? In art, anything is possible. I am holding in my hands, an exquisite hand made hammer -a carved and sanded handle with a smooth, polished head made from argillite. This “tool-like” sculpture fools the viewer. It looks real, yet it is non-functional art. There are oil paintings of places we know, watercolours, and mixed media images depicting the theme of “from there to here.” I glance over the collecting art work with wonder -cedar baskets, weaving, textile, silver carving and more. Then I gently pick up a stole made from fine merino wool, silk, metallic thread and Swarovski crystals (don’t know what these are but they sound wonderful). The stole is made from memory, “through the moments in which we touch, see, hear, feel, remember, and desire…when we make the things which mark our way, when we are inspired by tradition and motivated by hope,” as written by artist Cindy Davies in her description. When I hold this stole, I feel luxury, and see commitment -commitment to a craft that measures time not in a monetary sense like all things today, but rather by a time from ages past that comes from creative passion -a time not measured at all. This time is freely given in the creating of art -the process and not the product. Yet here is the product for us all to appreciate. Great art comes from the soul, and the execution of such work is timeless. Artists here on Haida Gwaii understand this immeasurable time commitment of creating fine works. To my left, leaning against a table, is a beautiful Haida carving. It is wrapped in 2 layers of bubble wrap and teases me into peeking. But I will have to wait and so will you. Our All Island Art Show opening will take place this Friday the 13th at 7 pm at the Haida Gwaii museum in Skidegate. The opening will begin with three Haida songs and followed by a greeting from our adjudicator, Dr. Robert Dalton from the University of Victoria. He is an associate professor in art education and will be giving two workshops this weekend: found objects and text and art. To register call me at 559-7702. Dr. Dalton will also be lecturing Sunday Feb. 15 at the VIC in Queen Charlotte at 7 pm. His topic will be: A sense of Place: Between the Natural World and the Art World.We hope to see you there.

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