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  • Honouring a PNG Master Carver and dear friend, Michael Timbin

    Michael Timbin, Master Carver with unfinished carvings, Palambei Village, Papua New Guinea. Michael Timbin, Master Carver with carvings in progress, Palambei Village, Papua New Guinea. Photo by Sandy Colony

    We are mourning the untimely loss of master carver Michael Timbin at the age of 39.

    He was widely recognized for his distinctive sculpture based on traditional myth.  His work was selected for inclusion in the exhibition Paradise Lost?, held as part of the Pacific Arts Association conference at MOA in August of 2013.  For more information on this exhibit, you will be redirected here:  http://moa.ubc.ca/experience/exhibit_archived_details.php?id=1179

    One of Timbin's masterworks, "Pasinawai and Pasindawa" One of Timbins masterworks, "Pasinawai and Pasindawa"

    We at Alcheringa Gallery have been privileged to work with the Timbin family of master carvers since 1992.

    Michael Timbin with his family and Alcheringa Gallery Owner/Director, Elaine Monds in Palembei Village, 2011 Michael Timbin with his family and Alcheringa Gallery Director, Elaine Monds, in Palembei Village, 2011
  • Coast Salish artist lessLIE creates winning design for the London Chancery Project



    "Natural Vision", the winning design by lessLIE "Natural Vision", the winning design by lessLIE

    Earlier this year, a process was begun to solicit artist designs for carpet commissions to be used in the upcoming renovation and expansion of Canada House in London. Canadian High Commissioner, Gordon Campbell, envisioned that each of Canada's provinces and territories would be represented and showcased within the High Commission meeting rooms.  Every meeting room will be named for a specific province or territory. The furnishings, materials, and artwork contained within the individual meeting room, will be created or sourced from the respective province.  Each custom hand-tufted area carpet will be designed by a local artist depicting the “Nature and Climate” of that region. Salish artist LesslIE was one of five artists from British Columbia asked to submit a carpet design.

    The selection of the winning design was made by the London Consolidation Project Governance Board, and lessLIE’s design was chosen to be used in the creation of the carpet for the BC room.

    “I am delighted that so many talented Canadian designers were eager to participate in helping us to create a revitalized Canada House that truly reflects the very best of our country and captures the unique traits of every province and territory. I congratulate all of our competition winners. Their work will be a great addition to the revitalized Canada House on Trafalgar Square.”
    -   Gordon Campbell

    Congratulations lessLIE !

    Coast Salish artist, lessLIE Coast Salish artist, lessLIE


    Alcheringa Gallery will be hosting an exhibition of new works by lessLIE entitled smALL and will be opening on October 4th of 2014.   This exhibition will feature a selection of diminutive works alongside some of lessLIE's larger pieces.

    Please join us on that day for our opening reception  between 2-5 pm.


  • Ravenous Exhibition Article by Kate Cino

    A special thank you to Kate Cino for writing this article for our upcoming exhibition, Ravenous. Please click here to read the article!

  • Pacific People's Partnership Event

    Pacific Peoples’ Partnership Presents A Screening Of Isolated And The Homecoming Performance Of Pedalling For Papua


    Isolated Documentary GraphicIsolated follows elite world surfers on a journey to find remote waves around the islands of Indonesia, where they discover West Papua and its human rights atrocities, unethical mining corporations and political injustice. Pedalling for Papua is an international bicycling and performance tour which concluded in December 2013. Campaigner Jeremy Bally travelled nearly 20,000 kilometers on bicycle to share the story of West Papua around the world. Bally has returned home to share his experiences on the road, as well as the performance itself, with local audiences. The performance and movie event is an opportunity for audiences to see many sides of this complex, tragic and beautiful story through the eyes of explorers, athletes and storytellers.

    The Tour includes stops in Victoria, Tofino and Vancouver as follows:

    February 13, 2014 - VICTORIA | Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street, Victoria BC), Door at 6:30 pm Show at 7:00 pm Tickets $10 in Advance or $15 at the Door. A free lunch and learn event will also be held at noon at the University of Victoria, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives.

    February 15, 2014 - TOFINO | Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre (380 Campbell Street) Door at 8:00 pm Show at 8:30 pm. Tickets $8 www.tofinofilmfestival.com

    February 17, 2014 - VANCOUVER | At the Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema (Gold Corp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hasting Street), Door at 6:30 pm Show at 7:00 pm. Tickets $10 in Advance or $15 at the Door

    To get advanced tickets click here. 

    Any funds raised will enable PPP and local Papuan counterparts to establish five women's cooperatives in West Papua serving a network of over 2000 West Papuan women. PPP is grateful to our Tour Partners: LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Media-Net, Open Cinema, Tofino Film Festival, Aarrow Productions, Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives, British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, Something Kreative, Constant Arts Society, the Province of British Columbia, and Rika Oceanscapes and Design.

    For more information please email or call 250-381-4131

    The press release can be downloaded here.


    Xenaleken First Nations Art ForumTODAY at the ART GALLERY of GREATER VICTORIA

    In collaboration with the City of Victoria, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria is hosting a First Nations Artist Forum today, Saturday, November 9 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

  • Urban Thunderbirds/Ravens in a Material World

    Urban Thunderbirds and Ravens ExhibitionSEPT 20 - JAN 12
    Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

    Co-curated by lessLIE, Rande Cook and Nicole Stanbridge | Ker and Centennial Galleries

    This exhibition highlights new and recent works from Coast Salish artists lessLIE and Dylan Thomas, and Kwakwaka’wakw artists Rande Cook and Francis Dick. The work encompasses personal stories, community histories and exploration of current events offering a unique view of First Nations art production in this region.

    Varied in their approaches, the work selected for this exhibition references cross-cultural forms, re-appropriation of North American visual culture, and an honouring of individuals and ideas from the cultural history of the Coast Salish and Kwakwaka’wakw communities. The themes explored by the artists range from intimate personal narratives, and extend to broader mainstream issues functioning as social commentary. The works reflect urban First Nations identity from the unique perspective of these four artists.

    Rande Cook | New York Series, 2013 | Photo by Luke Marston

  • Our Blankets, Our Stories

    Two prominent contemporary Northwest Coast First Nations artists explore ancient themes in new ways through wood, glass, metal and serigraphy.

    Coast Salish artist Chris Paul and Tlingit artist Mark Preston celebrate both the culture and an enduring bond of friendship in the creation of this exhibition of masterworks.

    Preview this exhibition on Friday, August 16, 2013

    Exhibition Opens: Saturday, August 17, 2013 2:00 - 5:00

    Artists will be in attendance

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