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Edge Art Show – September 7th-11th, 2018

September 7, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - September 11, 2018 @ 5:00 PM


Come and experience the power of coastal carving at the Edge Art Show, an annual exhibit that launches with the Carving on the Edge Festival.

Opening Night: Thursday, September 6th @ 7pm

Edge Art Show hours
Friday, September 7th – 10am-2pm
September 8th & 9th – 10am-7pm
September 10th & 11th – 10am-5pm

Art Show Guided Tours
Saturday, Sept 8th – 2pm
Sunday, Sept 9th – 2pm
Learn more about the traditions and techniques of west coast carving through an in-depth look at select works. Participants will have the opportunity to meet featured and guest artists and hear them present on their pieces.

If you are interested in submitting carved pieces to the Edge Art Show, fill out your artist entry form here.

Our coastal rainforests have been home to a rich history of cultural carving for thousands of years, and they continue to inspire new generations of local carvers. The Edge Art Show is an open call to all community carvers, resulting in an engaging and dynamic display from a wild diversity of carving artists.

This year, we would like to invite you to join us in exploring the theme Roots / Mułmumc: “The ancient trees of our coastal forests are master storytellers. Rooted in the earth their trunks climb to the sky, filled with circular pages of their ringed history. Ingrained in their fibres are messages, telling us of the places that formed them and contributed to their growth.” 

As trees do, Carvers draw up from their roots. Shared values, histories, and relationships nourish their artistic voice and are reflected back through carved shapes and forms. Through visual art, we add to an ongoing narrative that defines us as individuals and can amplify our collective voice on important community issues.

Many of our featured artists will be present at the art show to share stories, knowledge, and connect with our community and visitors. Take the unique opportunity to engage with carvers as they practice their art in the Open Carving Area.

2018 Featured Installations will include:

The ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ MURAL Project – Exploring our ancestral relationships with earth, wind, fire and water, this community engaged arts project is led by local cultural educator Gisele Martin and visiting muralist Fanny Aishaa. A public/outdoor art space was set up this summer for 23 days in the Tla-o-qui-aht community of Ty-Histanis, inviting community members of all ages to join in with its creation.

Lelu Island Totem Pole – PHIL GRAY – A multi-media installation featuring a pole carved recently, by Phil Gray, in support of the efforts to save the mouth of the Skeena River from LNG development and in protection of the salmon runs that spawn there.

Featured work by DAVE PARSANISHI – The artist on his work: “Coming from conversations with Nuu-chah-nulth carvers, elders and language teachers, I contrast the traditional transformation mask with the Canadian attempt to transform First Nations people by ‘removing the Indian from the child.’ This is a process of my own reconciliation to the actions of my culture. With the mirrored eyes, I invite/challenge the viewer to see themselves both as the perpetrator and in the focus of the perpetrator.”





September 7, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
September 11, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
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