P.S.A.'S · 23rd February 2010
Kitimat Museum & Archives
Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art
February 19 to March 27
Northwest Community College created the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist Freda Diesing. She was a master carver, painter, tireless educator and champion of First Nations art and culture. The Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art brings nations together in the pursuit of higher education, and sets new standards for aspiring artists. It is the only School of its kind in Canada, focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art with the view of developing skills into fine art. The School offers the First Nations Fine Arts program, instructed and mentored by world-renowned artists Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian), and Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga'a). The instructors play an important role in passing on Freda Diesing's legacy to their students. They instill in their students what is required to become a First Nations artist and an understanding of each one's responsibility to continue to share this valuable knowledge with others. The Kitimat Museum & Archives is proud to host an exhibition of work by First Year Certificate students.