EWC Gallery Exhibition: First Nations Art of British Columbia
First Nations art of British Columbia is among the most vivid and distinctive artwork in North America. It is rich in tradition and continually evolving in response to cultural circumstances and thus facilitates the emergence of new tools, techniques, and materials, as well as the reinterpretation of traditional practices. It flourishes as an integral part of Indigenous cultures who live today, as they have for thousands of years, surrounded by old growth forests, mountains, oceans, islands, and an abundance of animal and sea life. This exhibition includes the artwork of established, mid-career, and emerging Northwest Coast First Nations artists who have a deep respect for traditional practice yet are keenly aware of their relationship to history and their place in contemporary First Nations culture. This exhibition showcases the artists' unique interpretations, technical excellence, and mastery of materials, and explores both traditional artwork and the social, cultural, and political activism of contemporary Northwest Coast art and design. This exhibition is made possible by: Canada Council for the Arts, Denbigh Fine Arts Services, Vancouver The EWC Arts Program is supported in part by Aqua-Aston Hospitality, The Hawai'i Pacific Rim Society Hideo Murakami Fund for the Arts, Friends of Hawaii Charities, Barbara B. Smith, Richard H. Cox, Jean E. Rolles, EWC Arts Ohana members, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, The Arthur Goodfriend Intercultural Fund, and other generous donors.