Exhibition, "Perpetual Salish" showing at Legacy Gallery, curated by lessLIE

An important new exhibition has opened at the University of Victoria’s Legacy Gallery. Showcasing part of George and Christiane Smyth’s spectacular collection titled “Salish Weave”

We at Alcheringa first met George and Christiane in 1999 when they visited the gallery during an exhibition that honoured the work of several women artists including Susan Point. That introduction to the art of the Northwest Coast, and in particular the contemporary face of Salish Art, resulted in the beginning of their single minded dedication to the future of Coast Salish art and artists.

This exhibition at Legacy Gallery showcases the work of several Coast Salish artists including Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

Exhibition details are as follows:

Perpetual Salish: Contemporary Coast Salish Art from the Salish Weave Collection

August 15, 2014 to January 10, 2015

Curated by lessLIE

Legacy Art Gallery Downtown

630 Yates Street

In this exhibition the theme of perpetuation unifies the work of five contemporary Coast Salish artists who live and work in this region. The word perpetuation is meant to suggest a continuum of ideas and processes, which come from distinctive traditions that have existed over millennia. Perpetuation also infers some of the challenges that contemporary Coast Salish artists continue to face in the contexts of colonialism and assimilation as well as the dominance of other Indigenous traditions, which were often favoured by the art world, in both commercial and educational contexts. It is only in the last three decades that Coast Salish art has become more readily recognized by a wider audience as distinct from other Northwest Coast traditions.

This exhibition presents a wide range of art forms and ideas, and visitors will gain a better understanding of the cultural and stylistic elements that unify and inspire these contemporary artists in their own artistic practices. Artists featured are Maynard Johnny Jr., lessLIE, John Marston, Susan Point and Dylan Thomas.

Curator's Talk | Perpetual Salish

With curator lessLIE

Saturday September 27, 2014 | 2:00 pm

Celebrate Culture Days at the Legacy Art Gallery Downtown | 630 Yates Street

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