REPORTING · 24th February 2010
The Kitimat Museum and Archives opened their new exhibit, Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art, on Friday, February 19th. Both traditional and contemporary works created by students from around the Sacred Circle hung on the wall and several of the students were present to learn about presenting in an exhibit.
“This is our student exhibit and since the school opened in 2006, we’ve been going out to different communities, mostly in Terrace and having an art exhibit with the students' work,“ said Dan Deban, instructor.
The school provides students with formal training in the art styles of the BC Coast. They start by learning the fundamentals of painting and wood carving. The school has exhibits so the student artists learn to show their work at a professional level. Daban explained that the goal of the school is to teach the students how to be professional artists. Their training includes putting the exhibition together, attending the show and talking to the guests.
“I’ve learned an incredible amount about carving and painting,“ said James Crawford, student. “What parts of the form go into the art and how to put things together.”
Sammi Robinson, representing the Haisla Nation, welcomed the students to Haisla Territory and said a few words. “I’ve known these guys for some time. They work hard and you can see the outcome,” said Robinson.
James Crawford and his art, Salmon Study #2
Mayor Joanne Monaghan and Artist Carol Bagshaw Young stand next to the artists creation: Humming Birds.