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Edge Art Show – Opening Night – Thursday, September 7th, 2017

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


On Opening Night we launch the annual Edge Art Show and this year’s featured new work. Arrive on time to receive a Tla-o-qui-aht Welcome led by local elder and beach-keeper Barney Williams. The Edge Art Show is an eclectic showcase of carved work from all corners of our coastal creative community. Many of our participating artists will be in attendance.

We will be Live Printing on-site with new work by Ivy Cargill-Martin, Tania Willard, Marianne Nicholson, and Marika Swan. You will witness the thrill of ‘the big reveal’ as carved woodblocks are inked and printed for the very first time.

featured installations:

‘Indigenous Resilience’ photography installation
by Melody Charlie, Ahousaht – First Nations Photographer

Through the lens of Melody Charlie, we are invited into the intimate world of close knit communities that are building resiliency through a resurgence of spirituality and traditional practices. Melody’s candid shots of the day to day life of coastal Indigenous Peoples, remind us about what connects us all.


The Nuu-chah-nulth Living Archive
Community based research project led by Marika Swan, Tla-o-qui-aht

A curated collection of photos of Nuu-chah-nulth carved objects from museums all over the world. Sink deeper into the insights and inspired responses of local artists and culture keepers. Opportunities for the public to contribute creative reflections and questions to the discussion.




Barney Williams (Taa-eee-sim-chilth) is an elected council member for the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and he holds the important hereditary position of Beach Keeper for the Tla-o-qui-aht people. Barney has contributed to many community initiatives to support survivors of Residential School and speaks openly about his experiences as a survivor. Barney is also a fluent Nuu-chah-nulth speaker and plays an active role in cultural gatherings along the coast.



September 7, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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