In the Making: Artist Show & Tell

Event Speakers

Speakers

  • Dorion Reves
    Dorion Reves
    Carver, Artist

    In the tidal waters & coastal mountain river systems, Dorion Reves finds inspiration and a passion for carving. Striving for sustainability and efficiency in life has broadened his inherently high appreciation, interest, and respect for indigenous sensibilities and cultures. He uses only simple hand tools, such as the elbow adze and crooked knife, that allows for amazing efficiency and possibilities in sculpting. He prefers to create useful, often water-inspired art & tools made of local woods and materials. Dorion Reves is currently building up inventory to launch his carving website, Tidalwoods.com, while continuing to as work as a finish carpenter and door builder outside Port Alberni. He looks forward to being able to spend more time exploring and experiencing our beautiful coastal home.

  • George Rammell
    George Rammell
    Carver, Artist

    George Rammell was born in 1952 in Cranbrook, B.C. He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) from 1971-75 and has been active as a sculptor and art instructor since 1975. He taught Sculpture at ECUAD over an 8 year period. Throughout the 1980’s he worked as a studio sculptor for the contemporary Haida artist Bill Reid. From 1990 to 2014 Rammell taught Sculpture and Drawing at Capilano University. In addition to four European sculpture symposia he participated in 20 exhibitions including solo exhibitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver. Working with gravity, kinetic energy and imagery, Rammell creates works with an intense sense of 3-dimensionality. He’s based in his new studios on Gambier Island west of Vancouver. Rammell has recently completed a large mixed-media work entitled The Persistence of Instinct.

  • Jane Woodbury
    Jane Woodbury
    Carver, Artist

    Residing on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, Jane Woodbury is an artist who enjoys carving. She uses traditional mediums such as drawing and painting with technical expertise, to convey contemporary themes. Currently she is working on a solo show, inspired by the writer Anais Anins’ sentiment that “The secret of joy, is the mastery of pain”. These bold new artworks including carvings, explore the emotions associated with grief and joy and pay homage to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls from a “settlers” perspective. Since 1976, she has spent many years living and working in Clayoquot Sound, while expanding her knowledge of carving techniques. Henry Nolla was a dear friend and an amazing mentor, encouraging the artist to design and carve floral motifs on alder bowls in the 90’s. Jane began exhibiting and selling her work on the coast, at festivals organized by Rita Driver at Weigh West in the 90’s. Woodbury continues to participate in the prestigious, “Carving on the Edge Festival” held annually in Tofino.

  • Joshua Prescott
    Joshua Prescott
    Carver, Artist

    Hello my name is t̓aqumsʔaqƛ, meaning I will continue forward no matter what obstacles are in my path. This name was given to me by Julia Lucas. I was adopted into the Lucas family 2017. My english name is Joshua Shaw. I am also known as Joshua Prescott. I have a son and a daughter who are members of the ʕahousatḥ band. My ancestry is Cree-Metis on my mothers side. I have been carving for over twenty years. I have been learning to speak Nuu-chah-nulth for over ten years. I believe in teaching my children their culture and language. It is said that if you hear children speaking their language it will survive. Language revitalization is heart work. It involves growth, self awareness, healing. I believe great art is a manifestation of a great spirit. My goal is to keep learning so I can keep improving my ability to share and teach. The pieces we create are more than objects. They have history. They have a place and serve a purpose. They show what a chief owns, the families history. Learning to speak our Language strengthens our bond to who we are and where we come from. It strengthens our connection to our ancestors, to the earth and to the spiritual nature of everything. We are supernatural beings. Through the sharing of our cultures we can unite and become stronger as a human race.

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Date

March 28, 2021

Time

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location

Online
Summary

Four coastal carving artists of diverse specialties and backgrounds join from their studios to show and speak about their current projects that are in the making. Join us to learn about wood burl carving, plaster, bone carving and the importance of the Nuu-chah-nulth language to Nuu-chah-nulth artforms. The event recording can be found here

Featuring George Rammell, Jane Woodbury, Dorion Reves, and Joshua Prescott.

Joshua Prescott: Joshua Prescott-Shaw was born in Victoria, BC, though his cultural background is Saskatchewan Cree. He has lived in Victoria for over half of his life, but has traveled across and lived throughout Canada with his family. Prescott’s high school taught native art to aboriginal students who took an interest in it. There, Prescott was taught by Victor Newman, a Kwakwaka’wakw artist from Fort Rupert. During this period, Joshua was also mentored by his uncle, Greg Prescott, who carves in the Northwest Coast style.  In 2000, Prescott was awarded the graduation prize and top honours as the outstanding aboriginal art student for the entire region. Victor Newman introduced Prescott to John Livingston, hoping that Joshua would apprentice with him. Prescott has now been working under and assisting John Livingston since. During this time, Prescott has worked on projects for such artists as Calvin Hunt, Eugene Hunt, Art Thompson and Rande Cook. With expertise in detail carving, Joshua creates a wide range of works, including masks, rattles, drums, canoe paddles and panels in a variety of woods. For information about the artist, please visit his website

George Rammell: George Rammell was born in 1952 in Cranbrook, B.C.  He studied at the Vancouver School of Art (Emily Carr University of Art and Design) from 1971-75 and has been active as a sculptor and art instructor since 1975. He taught Sculpture at ECUAD over an eight-year period. Throughout the 1980s, he worked as a studio sculptor for the contemporary Haida artist Bill Reid. From 1990 to 2014, Rammell taught Sculpture and Drawing at Capilano University. In addition to four European sculpture symposia, he participated in 20 exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at the Burnaby Art Gallery and the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver. Working with gravity, kinetic energy and imagery, Rammell creates works with an intense sense of 3-dimensionality. He’s based in his new studios on Gambier Island, west of Vancouver. Rammell has recently completed a large mixed-media work entitled The Persistence of Instinct. For more info on the artist, please visit his website

Dorion Reeves: In the tidal waters & coastal mountain river systems, I find inspiration and passion for carving. Striving for sustainability and efficiency in life has broadened my inherently high appreciation, interest, & respect for indigenous sensibilities & cultures. I carve using only simple hand tools, such as the intuitive elbow adze and crooked knife, that allow for amazing efficiency and sculpting possibilities. I prefer to create useful, often water-inspired art and tools, crafting with local woods and materials. I look forward to being able to spend more time exploring and experiencing our beautiful coastal home while continuing to as work as a finish carpenter and door builder outside Port Alberni. I am currently building up inventory to launch my carving website, Tidalwoods.com (coming soon). 

Jane Woodbury: Residing on Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario, Jane Woodbury is an artist who enjoys carving. She uses traditional mediums such as drawing and painting with technical expertise to convey contemporary themes. Currently, she is working on a solo show, inspired by the writer Anais Nin’s sentiment that “The secret of joy, is the mastery of pain.” These bold new artworks, including carvings, explore the emotions associated with grief and joy and pay homage to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls from a “settlers” perspective. Since 1976, she has spent many years living and working in Clayoquot Sound while expanding her knowledge of carving techniques. Henry Nolla was a dear friend and an amazing mentor, encouraging the artist to design and carve floral motifs on alder bowls. Jane began exhibiting and selling her work on the coast at festivals organized by Rita Driver at Weigh West in the ’90s. Woodbury continues to participate in the prestigious “Carving on the Edge Festival” held annually in Tofino. For more info on the artist, please visit: artmadeincanada.com


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