native carving

I love the strong forms and lines found in Inuit art, and I came across a great museum that has earned a reputation for finding gifted artists who are redefining this legendary art form. The Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery is located in Vancouver, Canada, and showcases Northwest Coast and Inuit artwork.

Inuit People are the Native Americans that are from the area around the Arctic Circle. Harsh climate and stark landscapes influence their way of life as well as their artwork.

Walking Bear Peter Parr Cape DorsetWalking Bear, Peter Parr, serpentine
Cape Dorset

I just want to touch it.

Serpentine is a green stone that takes a nice polish and is suitable for carving.  Sometimes it is used as a substitute for jade.

Orca Chester (Chaz) Patrick Gitksan NationOrca, Chester (Chaz) Patrick, etched and sandblasted glass
Gitksan Nation

Sandhill Crane I April White Haida Nation Sandhill Crane I, April White, Hand pulled serigraph
Haida Nation

Killerwhale Ring Landon Gunn Killerwhale Ring, Landon Gunn, Sterling Silver, Engraved
Kwakwaka’wakw/Métis

This gallery is recognized for representing British Columbia’s master carvers.  There are two locations, set in historic warehouse spaces in an area that has been revitalized as an eclectic art district.  Put this on the list of places to visit:  The Coastal Peoples Fine Arts Gallery.  Go to their website to see more art and their latest acquisitions.

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