Connections Through Traditions

June 12 - August 27

This exhibition showcases two artists from the Squamish Nation, Kwakwee Baker and Spelexílh Anjeanette Dawson. Both artists honour their teachers and ancestors and continue the cycle of passing their skills down to the next generation.

Spelexílh Anjeanette Dawson is a Squamish educator and wool weaver. In addition to working with local elementary schools, she has taught cedar basket and weaving classes throughout the Lower Mainland. Her blankets, headbands and memorial sashes have been commissioned for private collections as well as for ceremonial purposes. Spelexílh created a Coast Salish shawl for the opening ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

Kwakwee Baker is an Indigenous multimedia artist based in West Vancouver. Born in Morocco, and of Squamish, Kwaguilth, Tlingit-Haida and Celtic descent, Kwakwee creates art that incorporates his diverse travels and cultural experiences. In addition to carving wooden masks and totem poles in cedar, Kwakwee also transforms and applies Indigenous detail to skateboards, cars and apparel.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Ferry Building Gallery.

Tuesday, June 12, Art Gallery

For more information or sale inquiries, please contact Arts and Special Events Programmer Taren Urquhart at 604.925.7446 or turquhart@westvanlibrary.ca.

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