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September 2017

Crooked Knife Making with Rick Wolcott – Thursday, September 7th, 2017

September 7, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$125

Students will be guided through the process of making their own crooked carving knife. You will be provided with a flat ground 01 tool steel blank and a new file for shaping the blank. A gas torch is used to heat the steel to bend into a crook and to harden the blade. Your finished knife will be fastened to a handle with rivets. This is an all day workshop, please bring your own lunch. Space for 10 participants. Register…

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Woodblock Printmaking with Dan Law – Thursday, September 7th, 2017 – PM

September 7, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$40

Come practice the art of Woodblock Printmaking with local artist Dan Law. Participants will have the opportunity to carve their own designs on locally salvaged maple blocks (8 x 6) using high quality woodcutting tools. They will use these to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press with archival paper and inks. Space for 10 participants. Register Online Powered by Eventbrite INSTRUCTOR BIO Dan Law is a full time professional artist living and working…

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

September 7, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

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…

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Bentwood Box Workshop with Joe Martin – Friday, September 8th, 2017

September 8, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$200

Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver Joe Martin will introduce the traditional teachings and uses of the Huupukwanum, or the Nuu-chah-nulth bentwood box. The Huupukwanum has many utilitarian purposes for the Nuu-chah-nulth people but also carries a strong symbology around the teachings, rights, dances and songs held by the chiefs.  Participants will have the opportunity to steam and fasten their own 8 x 11 inch box using cedar. This is a full day workshop and will take place on the Shore Pier outside under the…

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Edge Art Show – September 8th-12th, 2017

September 8, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - September 12, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Come and experience the power of west coast carving at the Edge Art Show, an annual exhibit that launches with the Carving on the Edge Festival. Opening Night: Thursday, September 7th @ 7pm Edge Art Show hours Friday Sept 8th until Tuesday Sept 12th, 9am to 5pm daily. 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,…

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Tool Sharpening with Christen Dokk Smith – Friday, September 8th, 2017 – AM

September 8, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free – $20

Join us for a live Tool Sharpening Demonstration with local Norwegian carver Christen Dokk Smith. Christen will be demonstrating an array of sharpening techniques for wood carvers aimed to support you in keeping your tools functional, well-maintained, and carving ready. Donations for the demo welcomed. In the second hour limited spaces will be available for 1 on 1 sharpening tutorial with your own tools. Register Online Powered by Eventbrite INSTRUCTOR BIO Born and raised in Norway, Christen Dokk Smith did a…

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Spoon Carving Workshop with Rick Wolcott – Friday, September 8th, 2017

September 8, 2017 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$60

Students will be guided through the process of carving an ornamental (and functional!) spoon with the use of hand tools. There will be instruction on wood grain, alignment and essential personal and tool safety. You will be provided with a pre-shaped blank of wood and carving tools for the workshop. From simple to fancy depends on how far you want to take it in this fun and informative introduction to wood carving. Space for 10 participants. Register Online Powered by Eventbrite…

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Coastal Trade Routes – Artist Talks with Marianne Nicholson and Nicholas Galanin – Friday, September 8th, 2017

September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Our Friday Night program Coastal Trade Routes honours the vast community networks that connect our stories up and down the west coast. Through the refinement and mastery of our dug-out canoes, coastal people's cultivated nation to nation relationships that wove our bloodlines together generation after generation. This evening we welcome two powerhouse artists from the northern coastline to share some insight into their work and world views.   Opening Presentation: Nicholas Galanin (Yeil Ya-Tseen) will be sharing a slideshow of his creative art practice:…

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Viking Carving with Christen Dokk Smith – Saturday, September 9th, 2017

September 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$125

Learn to carve in the Viking style with local carver Christen Dokk Smith.  We will be working with low relief viking design in hardwood based on carvings from the Viking era (approximately 850 CE). There will be a strong teaching focus on repetitive details and accurate knife/tool handling.  This workshop is a great opportunity for west coast carvers to explore cultural carving from another region. Suitable for carvers with some low relief carving experience. This is a 7 hour workshop…

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Printmaking for Families with Dan Law – Saturday, September 9th, 2017

September 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$5 – $20

Drop in printmaking for youth and families. This workshop is designed for beginners of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to design and carve a printing block which they will use to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press. This class is drop in all day. 4 x 6 foam block - $15 4 x 6 lino block - $20 4 x 6 maple wood block - $30 INSTRUCTOR BIO Dan Law is a full…

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Bentwood Box Workshop with Joe Martin – Saturday, September 9th, 2017

September 9, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$200

Tla-o-qui-aht master canoe carver Joe Martin will introduce the traditional teachings and uses of the Huupukwanum, or the Nuu-chah-nulth bentwood box. The Huupukwanum has many utilitarian purposes for the Nuu-chah-nulth people but also carries a strong symbology around the teachings, rights, dances and songs held by the chiefs.  Participants will have the opportunity to steam and fasten their own 8 x 11 inch box using cedar. This is a full day workshop and will take place on the Shore Pier outside under the…

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The Journey of Objects – Artist Roundtable – Saturday, September 9th, 2017

September 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
Free

Intro We will begin the evening with an Artist Talk with Melody Charlie, Ahousaht on her Indigenous Resilience photography installation: 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. Artist and Culture Keeper Roundtable Artists and culture keepers will share the…

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September 2018

Artist Forum and Lunch – Thursday, September 6th, 2018

September 6, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Artist Forum and Lunch Participating artists are invited to the Artist Forum and Lunch before the festival is opened to the public. The Tips and Tricks Session will introduce our guest artists to the group with an opportunity to learn more about their individual approaches to carving. The Festival Overview Session provides detailed information on the ways artists can make the most out of this year’s festival. 10am - Artist Registration - coffee served 11am - Artist Welcome with Hjalmer…

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Opening Night – Thursday, September 6th, 2018

September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Festival Opening Night  - Unveiled: The ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Mural Project & The Edge Art Show    7pm Doors / 7:30pm Start Opening Night will begin with a Tla-o-qui-aht Welcome led by local elder and beach-keeper Barney Williams with songs from the Kliith Pitaap Taa Qumths Men’s Group. The ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ Mural Project will be unveiled, 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…

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Open Carving Area – September 7th-11th, 2018

September 7, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - September 11, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Open Carving Area Hours Friday, Sept 7th // 10am to 2pm (closes early for the Totem Pole Raising Ceremony) Saturday, Sept 8th to Tuesday, Sept 11th // 10am to 5pm The Open Carving Area is a space within the festival venue for carvers to set up and work on projects throughout the week. All carvers are welcome to come enjoy this shared workspace, work on existing projects or begin new ones, and carve alongside each other. This is a great opportunity…

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

September 7, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - September 11, 2018 @ 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

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…

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Nuu-chah-nulth Language Blocks Workshop – Friday, September 7th, 2018

September 7, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$60

Nuu-chah-nulth Language Blocks Workshop Participants will create a set of language blocks using the phonetics for the Nuu-chah-nulth language. Local Nuu-chah-nulth language apprentice and revitalization enthusiast Timmy Masso will demonstrate how the blocks can be used for solo study or group exercises. Each participant will leave with their own set of up to 16 blocks that they can use later to create and practice Nuu-chah-nulth words. Workshop is designed for age 6 and up. Participants under the age of 12…

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Tla-o-qui-aht Totem Pole Raising Ceremony – Friday, September 7th, 2018

September 7, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Free

Tla-o-qui-aht Totem Pole Raising Ceremony A Čiinuł (Totem Pole) will be raised honouring the ƛaʔuukʷiatḥ  Ha’wiih (Tla-o-qui-aht Hereditary Chiefs) and their spiritual and physical stewardship of the hahoułee. The Čiinuł acknowledges the powerful and sacred care expressed through this relationship not just from the past, but in the present and into the future. It has been a dream of Tla-o-qui-aht master carver, Joe David to see this totem carved and raised in the township of Tofino so that everyone before…

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Platter Making: Beginner Carving Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$40

Platter Making: Beginner Carving Workshop Students will be guided through the process of carving an ornamental (and functional!) shallow platter with the use of hand tools. There will be instruction on wood grain, alignment and essential personal and tool safety. You will be provided with a blank of red cedar wood and basic carving tools for the workshop. From simple to fancy depends on how far you want to take it in this fun and informative introduction to wood carving.…

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Adze Making: Tool Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$180

Adze Making: Tool Workshop The elbow adze is a central tool of Northwest Coast Carving. With proper geometry, this tool allows you to quickly remove material, shape out areas, and cut finely to the line. Join tool maker Charles Prince from Kestrel Tool, for a full-day workshop in elbow adze construction. Participants will shape handles from Alder crooks and affix them to adze blades provided by Kestrel Tool. Participants will leave the workshop with a finished elbow adze ready to…

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Transferring Design Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$15

Transferring Design Workshop Using the same method Kelli uses to transfer designs to her wood carvings, this workshop will teach participants how to trace and transfer designs onto canvas, and paint the transferred design. A small salmon egg design will be provided by the artist. All workshop materials will be provided. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.   INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Kelli Clifton: was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. Her mother is of European ancestry…

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Transforming Chaputz: T’ashii Dug-out Canoe Tour – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$89

Transforming Chaputz: T’ashii Dug-out Canoe Tour Join the cultural outdoor guides at T'ashii Paddle School for a journey on the inside waters of Clayoquot Sound and a guided walk through the ancient forest on Wanachis-Hilth-huu-is (aka Meares Island). You will learn about how the resurgence of carving canoes has transformed our local communities by instilling respect for Natural Law in our young people. The čapac (or traditional dug-out canoe) is a vehicle for coming together in a good way, for…

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Platter Making: Beginner Carving Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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One event on September 8, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$40

Platter Making: Beginner Carving Workshop Students will be guided through the process of carving an ornamental (and functional!) shallow platter with the use of hand tools. There will be instruction on wood grain, alignment and essential personal and tool safety. You will be provided with a blank of red cedar wood and basic carving tools for the workshop. From simple to fancy depends on how far you want to take it in this fun and informative introduction to wood carving.…

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Transferring Design Workshop – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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One event on September 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM

The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$15

Transferring Design Workshop Using the same method Kelli uses to transfer designs to her wood carvings, this workshop will teach participants how to trace and transfer designs onto canvas, and paint the transferred design. A small salmon egg design will be provided by the artist. All workshop materials will be provided. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.   INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Kelli Clifton: was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC. Her mother is of European ancestry…

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Totems and Tributaries – Evening Presentation with Featured Artists & Guests – Saturday, September 8th, 2018

September 8, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Totems and Tributaries - Evening Presentation with Featured Artists & Guests 7pm Doors / 7:30pm Start With our festival theme this year, Totems & Tributaries, we explore how individuals and communities can express identity, values, and political presence on the landscape through the visual language of the traditional and contemporary carving arts. Gitwilgyoots Totem Pole Raising, Lelu Island - Film Screening (3:23 min) - After 2 years fighting to protect the Skeena Estuary and wild salmon from an LNG terminal sited…

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Crooked Knife Making: Tool Workshop – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$125

Crooked Knife Making: Tool Workshop Students will be guided through the process of making their own crooked (or hook) carving knife. You will be provided with a flat ground 01 tool steel blank and a new file for shaping the blank. A gas torch is used to heat the steel to bend into a crook and to harden the blade. Your finished knife will be fastened to a handle with rivets. This is an all day workshop, you will need…

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Printmaking for Families – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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$5 – $20

Printmaking for Families Drop-in printmaking for youth and families. This workshop is designed for beginners of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to design and carve a printing block which they will use to create a small run of prints using the artist's custom made 24" intaglio press. Pre-register to guarantee your space, limited supplies are available. Cost: 4 x 6 foam block - $5 4 x 6 lino block - $20   INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY Dan Law: is a full…

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Tool Fair – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9, 2018 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Tool Fair Join us for an interactive, hands-on tool fair with accomplished tool makers from the Pacific Northwest. The first hour will feature short presentations from tool makers about tool design and construction, followed by an open session to try tools and learn from the experts. Tools will be available for purchase.   Participating tool-makers include: Charlie Prince of Kestrel Tool, Steve Brown, George Rammel, and Mike Edwards. More TBA Photo credit: Douglas Ludwig Photography

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Tool Sharpening: Demonstration & Tutorials – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9, 2018 @ 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free – $45

Tool Sharpening: Demonstration & Tutorials Join us for a live Tool Sharpening Demonstration with local Norwegian carver Christen Dokk Smith. Christen will be demonstrating an array of sharpening techniques for wood carvers aimed to support you in keeping your tools functional, well-maintained, and carving ready. Donations for the demo welcomed. Following the demo, there are three 45min tutorial spaces available. Tutorials offer 1 on 1 sharpening sessions with your own tools, available by website registration. Demo: 12pm-1pm (by donation) Session…

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Film Screening – Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick – Sunday, September 9th, 2018

September 9, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Shore, 368 Main Street
Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Canada
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Free

Film Screening of “Maker of Monsters: The Extraordinary Life of Beau Dick.” There will be an opportunity to stick around after the film for a Q &A session hosted by Beau Dick’s daughter Linnea Dick.   7pm Doors / 7:30pm Start Maker of Monsters gives an intimate look into the life of one of Canada’s greatest artists. Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success within the white cube world of contemporary art…

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