The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Exhibition of the students and instructors of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College, Terrace, BC). The gallery is proud to have hosted this exhibition every year since the school’s inception and to offer the students a venue to have their work seen by an international audience. This year will also include the work of Dean Heron and Latham Mack, who were, as students, featured in previous exhibitions but are now instructors at the school, as well as being working artists. Dean Heron is also the recipient of one of the YVR Mid Career Artist Award for 2015.
Danika Naccarella, a first-year student, has received the newly established Northwest Community College President’s Art Award. The college has purchased one of her paintings and a limited-edition print of the same design has been purchased to be presented as gifts. She has also received the YVR Foundation Award.
Fran Johnson and Vivian Watson have received Mature Student Awards presented annually by Bruce Byfield. Kelli Clifton, a former two –time award recipient produced a carved bowl during her mentorship year which will go on display at the Vancouver International Airport for the next year – it is available for sale in the Northern Exposure IV exhibition but the collector would need to support the loan for one year.
Photo courtesy Rob Connely / Northwest Community College