The Gallery can only hold items for 24-48 hours after which time they will be automatically released – please ask us for more details.
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You may choose to reserve an item in consideration of purchase by clicking the "Reserve for Purchase" button (instead of Add to Shopping Cart). This allows you the opportunity to contact our gallery with any inquiries prior to purchase and it will ensure the item continues to be on hold while you are communicating with us.
If you should find an item already on "Reserve" that is of interest to you, please contact us directly at 604.684.9222 or [email protected] and we can provide you with the status of the piece and whether it will become available for purchase again, or if the sale is in progress with a buyer.
One of life’s most rewarding experiences is collecting fine art, and sometimes it’s best to take a little more time to make these acquisitions with ease. We understand and want to do everything possible to make collecting your next artwork more comfortable. At Coastal Peoples Gallery, we offer an interest-free layaway program and offer flexible terms which can be customized to your individual needs.
On the Kwakwaka’wakw side of his family, Aubrey Johnston is related to the prominent families of Assu and Wallace and is a member of the Weka’yi First Nation. On the Haida side, he’s related to the Simeon family and his ancestry descends through his grandmother on his mother’s side.
Aubrey has worked with well-known and recognized artists, such as Floyd Joseph and Jack James Jr. Johnston has become a fulltime artist who specializes in finely detailed carvings in wood. His work includes model poles, bowls, miniature masks, rattles and combs, and he pays particular attention to the craftsmanship on every artwork created.
In 2007, he worked on a Haida Mortuary Pole as a lead carver with Corey Bulpitt, and renowned artist Beau Dick assisted with carving this pole as well.
(For inquiries on custom framing, please contact the gallery)
The Beaver appears in Northwest mythology and is a family crest in many regions throughout the Northwest Coast. According to legend, the first Beaver was a woman, whose husband frequently went on long hunting and fishing trips. In his absence, his lonely wife took solace swimming, enlarging her pond with a dam and building her own water dwelling. Eventually, she transformed into a Beaver and their children were Beaver People, founding the Beaver lineage.
In mythology, they are often associated with the powerful undersea supernatural beings and the magic Giant Beaver can cause natural disaster with one slap of its wide, strong tail. Characterisically, the Beaver is known to keep to himself and cares little for the activities of the humans, except when they are directly affected. Thus, they often give wise advice so it is important to listen when they do decide to speak.