The Pacific Spirit Run, a 10-kilometre (6.2-mile) run through the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands, is a fundraising event for local hospital charities. The year 2000 is the eleventh consecutive year Susan Point has supported this event by designing the logo and allowing the image to be used for fundraising purposes. Point has often produced a limited edition print, and on a few occasions, a painting that has been auctioned and a limited edition poster of the image.
“This image, as all images that I have made for the Pacific Spirit Run,” says Point, “relates directly to the area where the run takes place. It represents tree frogs, which are abundant in the UBC Endowment Lands. Frogs in general are significant for the Coast Salish people. They relate to the season of spiritual dancing in our longhouses during the winter months.” Point adds, “The design also portrays coming together. Although at first glance the work may appear to be a repeat design, there are subtle differences within each frog, just as there are cultural and other differences among all those who participate in the annual run.”
Susan Point as told to Vesta Giles
Coast Salish (Musqueam)
Susan began making limited edition prints on her kitchen table in 1981 while working as a legal secretary. She received several early commissions, which established her reputation for innovative proposals and for completing projects on time, on budget and at the highest level. She took courses in silver, casting and carving, all of which led to monumental sculptures in mixed media, and she was the first Northwest Coast artist to work in glass. She continues to release a number of print editions each year, but her focus has been on commissioned sculpture.
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