The Kitimat Museum and Archives has announced it will be hosting the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art Student Exhibition from March 5 to 27.
The pieces, which are available for purchase, were created by first and second-year students and will be displayed in the upstairs gallery.
First place was awarded to student, Alexander Erickson (Nak’azdli and Haisla), with his acrylic painting on a birch panel he called, The Provider, which featured his interpretation of a bumblebee. Erickson is a first-year student and was awarded $2,500 for his painting.
Erickson’s choice to depict the bumblebee was both purposeful and personal.
“The Bumblebee, such an important creature to all living things. I have always had a fascination with ‘Bugs’. I chose the bumblebee because I had one come to me in a ceremony,” reads a statement on the school’s website.
Second place was awarded to student, Lucy Trimble (Nisga’a) for her acrylic painting, also on a birch panel, called Ganaaẃ Ganx’oots’in, which speaks to youth in care. Trimble is also a first-year student and was awarded $1,000 for her work.
Students and emerging artists from the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace have gotten the chance to work alongside world-renowned carvers and artists. These opportunities have helped students develop the fundamentals in First Nations Northwest Coast Art and traditional woodcarving.
For more information regarding the exhibition, visit www.kitimatmuseum.ca, or call the Kitimat Museum & Archives on 250-632-8950.