The Library recognizes that the arts are a distinguishing characteristic of our community's identity. To support our community's creative talents, we offer spaces that showcase local artists in a setting that invites connection and reflection.
Our Art Gallery is a canvas for established and emerging artists who work in an exciting range of styles and media.
Come experience this month's exhibit and discover a new artist, perspective and source of pleasure. Works are on display both on the Main Floor and Lower Level.
In addition to our monthly exhibitions, over the years the Library has acquired a collection of fine art. Selected pieces are on display in the Library.
Connections through traditions
June 13 – August 21, 2018
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.
For Art Gallery inquiries please contact Arts and Events Programmer Taren Urquhart at 604.925.7446 or firstname.lastname@example.org.