An Evening on the Water

August 30th – September 15th, 2013

2013 Carving on the Edge Festival

This year’s festival explored the embodied traditions of west coast carving, carried in the lives of individuals and communities. The featured programming, Evening on the Water, looked at carving arts in a variety of expressions. The week began with “Master Series: An Evening with Joe David.” Considered to be one of the most respected artists of the northwest coast, Tla-o-qui-aht artist Joe David presented on his career and works. Additional presentations included: Nuu-chah-nulth Artists 1900 – 1950 by Ron Hamilton; Traditions of Norwegian Viking Wood Carving with Christen Dokk Smith; ‘Return of the Weeping Cedar Woman’ with carver Godfrey Stephens.

Carving demonstrations ran throughout the festival, including a family day in the Tofino Village Green and a carving exhibition with a market and demos from feature carvers. Joe Martin and Carl Martin facilitated workshops on the Nuu-chah-nulth canoe and paddle, respectively. 

Festival at a Glance

Festival Poster

Credit: Schramm Design

The Shore Tofino, Village Green, Clayoquot Sound Community Theatre, Wya Welcome Centre, The Wickaninnish Inn, Black Rock Resort, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, House of Himwitsa
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