Pictured here are examples of a new item exclusive to the Museum Shop – four designs by First Nations artist Curtis Wilson from left to right – Twin Salmon, Hummingbird, Raven and Moon. Wilson is a member of the Campbell River Band, and created these traditional style images that are being reproduced in contemporary materials.
Made from acrylic, these pieces are colourful, light and durable and can be suspended easily or hung on a wall. They are made by local manufacturer Plastic Plus Fabricating whose owner, Cheryl McIvor saw the potential in Wilson’s designs and wanted to produce them in a modern day medium.
They are on sale now in the Shop – come in to see!
To start off the Christmas season, the Museum will be hosting several local artists and their work on the weekend on Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1. This will be an opportunity to meet and chat with some very talented people – a collection of artists and authors, who enhance the cultural richness of our community.
While you are here, take the time to browse through our Shop where participants in Artists On Site sell their work, and where you are sure to find plenty of gift giving ideas. At the same time, our gallery will put you in the Christmas spirit with its collection of decorated Christmas trees and a display of old fashioned wooden toys.
The artists will be on site Saturday from 10am-4pm, and on Sunday from 12pm-4pm.
A member of the coast Salish band, Chawathl, Gilbert Pat is an extremely gifted and self taught First Nation’s jeweller from British Columbia who has been carving beautiful works in gold, silver and copper for the past 30 years. Pat studied Kwakiutl design, guided by many designers of his wife’s family and was shown how to use the tools of the trade by Lloyd Wadhams, a Kwakwaka‘wakw artist. Pat has since passed on his knowledge to his two sons, Jeff and Jason who are also silversmiths.
The Orca pin pictured here illustrates Pat’s unique and exacting style, and intricate workmanship. Today, Pat’s work can be found all over Europe and the Far East.
This pin and other similar pieces can be found at the Campbell River Museum Shop.
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