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Susan Point: Stanley Park Fundraiser

Susan Point: Stanley Park Fundraiser

Northwest Coast Event

September 8, 2007


The Spirit Wrestler Gallery is pleased to be hosting a unique event in support of the restoration of Stanley Park and to contribute to the First Nation Interpretive Elements that continue to shape the park’s identity.

On the night of December 15, 2006, Stanley Park was heavily damaged by a cyclone force storm that brought down thousands of trees. The restoration project has been strongly supported by governments, corporations and private citizens who recognize Stanley Park as one of the most majestic urban parks in the world. Later in 2007, the park will receive a new addition with the installation of People Amongst the People, a major sculptural and architectural commission by Coast Salish artist, Susan Point.

In support of these important projects, the gallery is pleased to announce the release of a new limited edition Pendleton blanket by Susan Point titled Renewal – Honouring the Spirit of Stanley Park with two open-edition variations in different colours of the same design titled Spirit World. Susan Point has also produced three new limited edition prints based on the Stanley Park project and four new sculptural works. The proceeds from the sale of these works will be donated to the park.

Stanley Park, the jewel of Vancouver, is a 400-hectare (1000 acre) park immediately adjacent to Vancouver’s downtown core. Framed by Burrard Inlet and the Georgia Strait leading to the Pacific Ocean, Stanley Park is skirted by a 9-km (5½-mile) seawall used daily by thousands of walkers, runners and bicyclists. The park contains thousands of old-growth trees preserved as Vancouver’s first park dedicated in 1889 by Lord Stanley, the Governor General of Canada. The park is also the home to selected amenities such as restaurants, concert and theatre facilities, recreation and sports facilities and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Our thanks to Vesta Giles for contributing her writing and Kenji Nagai for his photos.

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The Spirit Wrestler team: Colin Choi, Derek Norton, Nigel Reading and Gary Wyatt, have been together now for over 30 years representing master-level Inuit, Northwest Coast, and Māori art - and for the last 20 years as the Spirit Wrestler Gallery. We are celebrating this amazing 20-year journey with a “birthday” exhibition, “Reflections 20Years”. The exhibition will feature many of the great artists from the three extraordinary cultures that we represent that have shared and supported us on this journey… and it is also a “thank you” for all of you who have made this journey so much fun! The Spirit Wrestler Gallery was founded in 1996 and quickly became one of the foremost galleries of first-nation art in North America. The name Spirit Wrestler originates from the title of the book by James Houston that tells the story of a young shaman learning his powers in the Canadian north. At the time, the gallery was looking for a name that allowed for the consideration of both traditional and shamanist-based arts here in Canada, as well as embracing the work by other artists from around the world. Early exhibitions included artists from Alaska, the Canadian Plains, and the Māori from New Zealand, being shown in the same room as Northwest Coast and Inuit art. The cross-cultural interactions have offered a unique fusion in the gallery and generated many group and solo exhibitions that we have hosted over the years. We were witnessing the trend of a growing interaction internationally between artists who were travelling far afield to research the art and modern cultural practices of other nations - and along the way, forging friendships that have endured across great distances. The last two decades have also been an exciting transition time for the arts being created by all three cultures. There was a pronounced movement towards the incorporation of new materials, such as glass, bronze, and polymers - which has opened new avenues for the art itself, both in terms of subject and scale. To be a part of seeing the artists exhibiting their work side-by-side has been very exciting and has made the Spirit Wrestler Gallery a unique and challenging experience for any visitor. We have had the privilege of representing many of the greatest Northwest Coast, Inuit, and Māori artists of our time - and have have had the privilege of showing a great number of the most important pieces produced over the last three decades. It has been an honour to share this long journey with so many great artists and clients. Thank you all so much for your belief and support.

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