Eugene Alfred, Native artist, Northern Tutchone Tlingit

Eugene Alfred – Curator’s Choice Winter 2021

Being a part of a multi-generational family of Northern Tutchone and Tlingit artists, from beadworkers to draftsmen, Eugene Alfred has established himself as a masterful carver and elegant illustrator. His work approaches Northwest Coast forms with a contemporary “postmodern pulse,” while utilizing traditional methods of tool-making, wood harvesting, and curing. Born in Mayo, Yukon, in 1970, Eugene is a member
David Neel The Way Home Hilary Weston Trust Prize

Finalist David Neel: Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize 2020

Announced: November 18, 2020 Congratulations to Kwakwaka'wakw artist and author David Neel whose book 'The Way Home' was a finalist for the prestigious Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize in 2020. This announcement comes almost exactly a year to the day when David Neel's solo exhibition 'Symbols Speak' and exclusive book launch at Coastal Peoples Gallery opened on November 16, 2019. David Neel's personal
Vickie Jensen author of Totem Pole Carving book featuring Norman Tait

Virtual Author Talk with Vickie Jensen

Meet author Vickie Jensen virtually for an engaging and entertaining talk with a Q&A on her book Totem Pole Carving: Norman Tait, Bringing a Log to Life. When: Sunday, December 6th, 2020 @ 11am PST | 2pm EST Where: Online Zoom Meeting hosted by Coastal Peoples Gallery owner Svetlana Fouks Attend: Register by sending your email address to info@coastalpeoples.com by November 21st In
Kelly Robinson Nuu-Chan-Nulth artist

Kelly Robinson – Curator’s Choice Fall 2020

As a descendant of Nuxalk and Nuu-Chan-Nulth nations, artist Kelly Robinson from Bella Coola is garnering attention for his fine jewelry and wood carving designs that are inspired by his dual heritage. Recently awarded a scholarship by YVR Art Foundation in 2019, Kelly was selected in the Mid-Career Artists category and given $5,000 to attend a school of art, work
Ben Davidson, Haida, artist

In Memoriam – Ben Davidson

1976 - 2020 We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Ben Davidson on August 15th, who had a heart attack at age 44. As an outstanding, notable artist with a very promising career, this was devastating to his family and community.  He leaves behind his wife Tawni and his five children; Gavin, Dustin, Jayde, Juno and Jasper as well
Bill McLennan Museum of Anthropology

In Memoriam – Bill McLennan, UBC Museum of Anthropology

1948 - 2020 We are very much saddened by the recent loss of Bill McLennan, Curator Emeritus of UBC’s Museum of Anthropology. Born in Vancouver, William (Bill) McLennan received his Arts and Merchandising degree from Vancouver City College and subsequently worked in exhibit and graphic design for the City of Vancouver, the MacMillan Planetarium, and Vancouver Centennial Museum. Bill began to

Alvin Mack – Curator’s Choice Summer 2020

Ask Alvin Mack to reflect on his life and you will get a very candid tale of hardship, personal struggles and the deep-rooted desire to create meaningful art and from that, a meaningful life. “I left Bella Coola at 17 and I swore I was never coming back,” Mack recalls. “It wasn’t always easy, I had no confidence, no self-esteem
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Stay Connected, Feel Connected with First Nations Gifts

When we feel far away from each other, it's the little things -- the personal and thoughtful gestures -- that lets someone know you want to stay close. It's times like these during our 'quaranteam' days that gave us the inspiration for our First Nations Gift collection when everyone could use a helping hand in choosing something meaningful. Although we can't

Celebrating Nunavut Day: Qavavau Manumie

On July 9th, Nunavut Day, we are celebrating internationally-acclaimed Inuit artist Qavavau Manumie. His delicate touch, light colours and whimsical approach to depicting wildlife and landscapes of the far north can be fresh and heartwarming, and alternatively grim and gritty. While some of his illustrations are realistic, others are broadly fantastical.  His narratives on paper quietly express a deep appreciation for
Butterfly, April White, Haida

National Indigenous Peoples Day June 21st

Throughout the entire year, we wait in anticipation for the longest day of the year to begin our summer.  In particular, this recent spring has felt especially prolonged for everyone. As we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day, we are reminded that it signifies not only the annual Summer Solstice, but it's an important day to honour, appreciate and give voice

In Memoriam – Gerry Marks

1949-2020 Accomplished Haida artist Gerry Marks passed away recently on March 27th at the age of 70 due to a heart attack.  He was inspirational to many contemporary artists such as Robert Davidson, Rick Adkins, Jay Simeon, and Landon Gunn to name just a few. His exceptionally refined carving, flowing form lines and highly abstracted designs were easily recognizable and placed
Fulmer Award winners BC Achievement Foundation

Gus Cook – Curator’s Choice Spring 2020

In November 2019, Gus Cook received the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art from the BC Achievement Foundation in Vancouver. From an early age, Gus was given encouragement from both his parents to strive towards his goals, be proud of his cultural heritage, and be mindful of his surroundings. He has been influenced by both of his cousins, Rande Cook and

International Women’s Day 2020 – March 8th

In celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th, we're honouring Coast Salish artist Angela Marston. Angela has combined her skills as a wood carver and weaver to create a signature style that is recognized by both First Nations art enthusiasts and collectors.  She began to weave bark stripped from the sacred cedar trees at the tender age of 14. Traditionally weaving

Paris Indigenous Fashion Week 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020 | Normandy Le Chantier Hotel, Paris, France. International Indigenous Fashion Week Inc. (IIFW) will deliver a diverse experience blending fashion and music from artists and designers from across North America and around the world. The stimulating and refreshing production includes street wear, eco-friendly fashions, and traditional Indigenous designs with a modern day touch. IIFW has successfully been

Olympics 10th Anniversary Celebration with Corrine Hunt

CTV Video Interview with Corrine Hunt: Click here to view On February 15th, 2020, Olympics medals designer Corrine Hunt is our guest artist for a special meet & greet celebration of the Games 10th Anniversary in Vancouver. Corrine will reminisce about her past memories of 2010, and mark this occasion with the creation of new artworks inspired by her personal Olympics experience. This latest

Celebrating Bill Reid’s 100th Birthday

On January 12th, we celebrate the 100th birthday of Bill Reid - one of Canada's preeminent and most distinguished First Nations artists.  We gratefully acknowledge Vancouver's Museum of Anthropology for the following images and content. The Artist Bill Reid was born in 1920 in Victoria, BC. His father was an American of Scottish-German origin and his mother a Haida, born in

Henry Green – Curator’s Choice Winter 2020

As a recent recipient of the Fulmer Award in First Nations art from the BC Achievement Foundation, Henry Green has achieved a lifetime of recognition for his contribution to Tsimshian arts and culture. A vast and exemplary collection of artworks has been created by Henry over a lengthy career and he has established himself as a "master " in carving

Fulmer Award Exhibition 2019

The Yaletown Roundhouse Community Centre recently hosted a four day exhibition for the Fulmer Award in First Nations Art, an event held in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation. The exhibition ran from November 18th to 21st in order to showcase the careers of five prominent BC Indigenous artists. The annual awards event took place on Thursday evening and the

Symbols Speak Opening: David Neel Book Launch + Exhibition

On November 16th, specially invited guests gathered to celebrate the launch of David Neel's new memoir 'The Way Home' alongside his newest exhibition collection of fine jewelry, graphics and carvings. David shared personal stories and a performance of singing and dancing expressed the joy of this momentous occasion for the artist as well as his family and friends (video available

Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week 2019

This years Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week welcomes over 32 designers and will take place at both the Orpheum and Queen Elizabeth Theatre this November 18th to 21st.

Heiltsuk Opens Historic Big House

Today is the official opening with blessing ceremony of the Gvákva’áus Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk big house) named by Chief Marilyn Slett in Bella Bella (Waglisla), British Columbia. This five day event is a momentous occasion of celebration with over 3,000 guests who will join in ceremony, song, witness dancers, and a feast of coastal delicacies to experience the power of a

Robert Davidson RCA – Curator’s Choice Fall 2019

Multiple award-winning artist Robert Davidson, now starring in the film doc 'Haida Modern' at the VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) as of October 1st, is one of Canada's most esteemed and respected contemporary First Nations artists. Born in Massett on the Haida Gwaii Islands in 1946, he moved to Vancouver in 1965 and soon met Bill Reid in 1966 when

Doc Film on Robert Davidson Premieres at VIFF

On October 1st, the VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival) premiers a Robert Davidson documentary - Haida Modern. In the new documentary Haida Modern, Davidson recalls wandering the Museum of Anthropology at UBC as a young man and seeing the art his ancestors created. But when he returned to Haida Gwaii, he recalls, there was almost nothing. “I felt there was an

Maynard Johnny Jr. – Curator’s Choice Summer 2019

Maynard Johnny Jr. began drawing at the early age of 6, and it was in his mid-teens that he began to work seriously at developing his natural artistic talents.  Due to his varied life experience, his work takes influence from many nations; however, he primarily blends Coast Salish with Kwakwaka'wakw art forms which result in a unique and contemporary

Celebrating Nunavut Day: Axangayuk Shaa (1937-2019)

Today we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Nunavut Day by paying tribute to the life and art of Axangayuk Shaa. As an incredibly prolific Cape Dorset carver, Axangayuk has had a hand in shaping Inuit carving in Nunavut. Axangayuk was born on March 17th, 1937 and, in many ways, he seemed destined to become a renowned artist. Axangayuk was the

Crafted in the City: Trace Yeomans

Join us for an engaging conversation with Haida/Ukrainian artist Trace Yeomans. Trace will discuss how she works in fabric applique and other materials in her art, her inspiration and technique in designing pieces that are culturally significant to her combined dual heritage. When & Where: Saturday, May 18th; 3-5pm @ 332 Water Street, Unit 200 | Gastown "My art has always been

Meet the Artist! Maynard Johnny Jr.

Up close and personal... Join us for an entertaining afternoon to engage with artist Maynard Johnny Jr. (Kwakwaka'wakw/Coast Salish) while he creates one of his latest new works on April 27th between 2-4pm. In recollecting his earlier years, Maynard remembers how his mother was pivotal in awakening his artistic calling. As his career gained momentum, Maynard was asked to create the design

Crafted Vancouver: Made to be Discovered

In association with Crafted Vancouver, our Gallery is participating in events "designed to celebrate the vitality of our hand-crafted world". For 25 days in May, a festival of exceptional contemporary and traditional craftsmanship as well as craft-based works is happening throughout the city. Events include demonstrations, exhibitions, film viewings, guided walks and studio tours, workshops, talks & presentations, dining & tasting

Christian White – Curator’s Choice Spring 2019

Award-winning and internationally-renowned, Christian White is considered the leading Argillite carver on the westcoast.  Highly influential to other artists, he is respected for his efforts in establishing an apprenticeship program and leading the future direction of Haida art. "The woodcarving is more about giving back to the culture and being with my friends and apprentices, creating the monumental poles and

Resilience: through laughter Exhibition Opening

This past Saturday, Coastal Peoples Gallery and invited guests were witness to the launch of Corrine Hunt's latest collection of innovative and progressive designs in jewelry and mixed media. Corrine's signature style and personal artistic approach is apparent in the little details, the whimsical titles of her pieces, and the stories she tells. You're invited to visit her exhibition page and

International Women’s Day – March 8th

Today, on March 8th, International Women’s Day is being celebrated and we’re honouring Kwakwaka’wakw / Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt. Her solo exhibition Resilience: through laughter opens on Saturday, March 16th at the gallery. As one of a few female First Nations carvers, contemporary artist Corrine Hunt carries on the traditions of her great-great grandfather who is world-renowned Kwakwaka’wakw artist George

Holiday Celebration

On December 1st Coastal Peoples made the season merry with a Holiday Celebration. Invited guests and artists were brought together to enjoy an afternoon of lively conversation and amazing art. Guests were enlightened with an artist demonstration and talk by Patrick Leach and Lyle Wilson as they shared their unique artistic skills and perspectives. They provided insight into their processes and answered some thoughtful

Caring About Community – Christmas 2018

While guests enjoyed our Holiday Celebration event on December 1st, their charitable donations went to one of our favourite organizations - the DEWC (Downtown Eastside Women's Centre) - and those contributions are gratefully appreciated by everyone involved. We wish to extend a special 'thank you' to everyone who attended our event and especially those who generously made donations to this

Lyle Wilson – Curator’s Choice Winter 2019

Lyle Wilson recently gave an artist talk at the gallery and he discussed how he has been incorporating all that he's learned over the years into his collection - "it's taken me forty years to get here". With his immaculate carving style and remarkable attention to detail, his efforts have been unwavering in cultivating the preservation of the Haisla formline

Kevin Cranmer – Curator’s Choice Fall 2018

"My first experience seeing Kwakwaka'wakw art...was with my dad. As a five year old...I recognized the power that these masks and sculptures possessed. This initial experience was first inspiration to learn how to create this art form, to do something I my Dad doing. What inspires me now...is...the richness and complexity of our peoples' history the

Caring About Community: Update

In an ongoing effort to provide community support, Coastal Peoples recently presented Celine Chuang at the DEWC (Downtown Eastside Women's Centre) with a cheque representing a portion of sales from Corrine Hunt jewelry and Dorothy Grant shawls. Presenting the cheque to Celine is gallery co-founder/owner Svetlana Fouks at the DEWC earlier this month. Every person who made a purchase towards this

Celebrating Nunavut Day: Thomas Ugjuk

“I am one of those who is somewhere in between, of those who can remember the time before carvings were made and those who know that carvings are a very important part of our life today." – Thomas Ugjuk Join Coastal Peoples in celebrating Nunavut Day on July 9th by appreciating the work of Nunavut artist Thomas Ugjuk (1921 –

Hecate Strait Silk Scarves by Susan Point

In celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day, Coastal Peoples Gallery has launched luxurious 100% silk scarves designed by Susan Point. The scarves are inspired by the recent release of her ‘Hecate Strait’ print series in 2017 and they have been created exclusively for Coastal Peoples. Susan Point speaks to the design concept in her own words: "Hecate Strait is a wide

Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii

A new exhibition Eyes of Society: Art, Traditional Knowledge, and the Watchmen of Haida Gwaii, opens on June 15th at the Robert Bateman Centre. The exhibition will begin with a short film ‘Eyes of Society’ documenting six indigenous and non-indigenous artists traveling by canoe from T’aanuu to SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay in Haida Gwaii. It features Haida artists April White, Gwaai Edenshaw

Don Yeomans – Curator’s Choice Summer 2018

"Culture has to expand...Culture is inclusive; it is not trapped in one period of history that was your glory days." Born in Prince Rupert, Don has dual ancestry with a Haida father from Masset on the Haida Gwaii Islands and a Metis mother from Slave Lake, Alberta. This unusual mix in nationality has given his work a unique vision and

Masi Wines Collaborates with Susan Point

Is there a better pairing than art and wine? Internationally-acclaimed Coast Salish artist Susan Point was commissioned by the Italian Boscaini family to design a new wine bottle label for their Masi Costasera Contemporary Art Project. Masi Agricola (Masi) began the project as a celebration of their expertise and cultural heritage passed down through generations. Every two years an internationally-renowned

Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto

After last year’s successful Indigenous Fashion Week in Vancouver, the inaugural Toronto IFW will take place next month beginning May 31 to June 3, 2018. The first of its kind in Toronto, this exciting event follows Vancouver's first Indigenous Fashion Week which launched in July 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. VIFW boasted more than 30 designers and artists thereby

1st Anniversary in Our New Location

Today, Coastal Peoples is celebrating their first year anniversary in the new Gastown gallery space at 332 Water Street. Ideally located in Le Magasin's newly-restored historic building (1912); the larger space features two levels with charming character features, high ceilings and bright lighting, which showcases an expansive and diverse collection. The Gallery was established in 1996 and now, 22 years on
Ben Davidson, Haida, artist

Ben Davidson – Curator’s Choice Spring 2018

As an award-winning artist and son of famed Haida master Robert Davidson, Ben has carved out a significant career of his own. While a featured artist in our most recent Haida Masterworks III exhibition, he demonstrated his progressive style and imaginative interpretations on traditional forms. He brings together traditional customs and contemporary exploration in harmony, and incorporates non-traditional materials to do

Olympics 2018 Snowboard Team: Outfitted in Designs by Corrine Hunt

Since designing the 2010 Olympic medals, First Nations artist Corrine Hunt has now created designs for the Canadian Snowboard team uniforms at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The official competition uniform for the Canadian National Freestyle Snowboard Team includes a hand-knit Canadian Heritage Sweater designed by Corrine Hunt with four different symbols illustrating her Kwakwaka’wakw and

Hoobiyee 2018

Join us in celebrating the start of Hoobiyee, the Nisga’a new year! Hoobiyee honours the harvest moon through stories, songs, and dances. The Nisga’a Ts’amiks Vancouver Society hosts the event annually and this year it is being held at the PNE Forum where thousands of locals will enjoy fantastic performances. “The Nisga’a of Ts’amiks (Vancouver), hosts this celebration each year

Corrine Hunt – Curator’s Choice Winter 2018

Corrine Hunt's dual background as Kwakwaka'wakw and Tlingit creates a dynamic intertwine between her profoundly personal design ethic and a deep connection to her family's lineage. With a rich family history that includes internationally-renowned artists Henry Hunt, Richard Hunt and Tony Hunt, her most significant teach and mentor was her uncle Norman Brotchie who introduced her to the art of

Dorothy Grant Fashion Show

On Friday evening, Dorothy Grant`s private fashion show took center stage at Coastal Peoples. The exclusive event was an extension of the Haida Masterworks III exhibition, which recently opened at the gallery on November 25th, 2017. As an international icon in the Canadian Fashion world, Dorothy Grant connects her Haida culture and identity to the collection, which has been the

Dorothy Grant Pop-Up Shop

On Saturday, December 16, 2017, a special guest appearance by Haida fashion guru Dorothy Grant will take place at her 'Pop-Up' shop hosted by Coastal Peoples Gallery in Gastown. Be a part of an exclusive one-day only event where you can meet the artist and shop her bespoke apparel collection and accessories. While at the Gallery, browse through their fine silver

Haida Masterworks III Exhibition Opening

Last Saturday afternoon, Coastal Peoples Gallery celebrated the opening of another successful Haida Masterworks series exhibition! The Haida Masterworks III collection enraptured guests while Christian White entertained with his ceremonial drumming and singing to welcome everyone in attendance. The Gallery extends a special thank you to those who have supported this latest exhibition, to family and friends, and especially to the

Caring about Community

For the last few years, Coastal Peoples Gallery has supported the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre with donations.  We care about our local community and ask you to join us this year in the spirit of goodwill. With every purchase you make of a Dorothy Grant shawl or Corrine Hunt jewelry  during the month of December, our Gallery will donate a portion

Celebrating Nunavut Day!

Twenty years ago on July 9th, Canada’s Parliament passed the Nunavut Act which set the stage for the creation of the Nunavut Territory that formally came into being on April 1, 1999. Today we acknowledge the people of Nunavut as we celebrate this historic landmark, and we value our enduring relationships with the artists and their northern communities. In recognition of

Explore Canada’s rich cultural heritage!

On July 1st, we celebrate Canada as a nation and its natural beauty surrounded by vast oceans and mountains from coast to coast to coast. Historically the name “Canada” is thought to originate around 1535 from the Huron-Iroquois word “Kanata” which means village or settlement. Canada has become renowned as an international leader in cultural diversity and acceptance.  Today and every

Grand Opening at Coastal Peoples Gallery

We are delighted to say that the Grand Opening of Coastal Peoples Gallery was a hit! A special thank you to everyone who came out to support us. We could not have asked for a better group of family, friends, clients, and artists to join us for this momentous occasion. Celebrating over 20 years of excellence, the Gallery has become renowned

Aboriginal Day June 21st

A cause to celebrate at Coastal Peoples Gallery! Today is National Aboriginal Day, Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. While indigenous peoples across Canada gather together in celebration of National Aboriginal Day they also celebrate the Summer Solstice. Summer is associated with growth and maturation, and this is the time to reap the crops that have been sown. 
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