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Roi Toia: Transitions

Roi Toia: Transitions

Māori Solo Exhibition

May 13 - June 2, 2006

The summer of June 2005, Washington State, USA, was the launch of a new experience and new creative direction for me. I was honoured to become the recipient of two ‘artist-in-residence’ scholarships at the reputed Pilchuck School of Glass and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Such renowned First Nations artists as Susan Point, Joe David and Preston Singletary have all graced the hallowed ground of the ‘Pilchuck experience’.

At Pilchuck I was privileged enough to enter into a world and observe noted and skilled artists attending to their chosen fields in the manipulation and creation of glass art. In this isolated arts retreat, in a forested wilderness, the raw energy of the glass blowing furnaces pulsate with the timeless rhythm of the land. I was awestruck as I walked into this unworldly environment. I could only liken this experience to a face-to-face encounter with the raw ferocity of the earth’s core and so I became immersed in the dynamic power of glass.

As the days passed I began to comprehend the vastness and diversity of glass, at the same time feeling bewildered by its endless possibilities. This ignited my creative juices, as the confrontation of a new challenge excited my ability to transcend mediums. I had to alter my original thought process to translate 25 years of experience in traditional carving to accommodate the organic and tempermental medium of glass. Finally, the interaction of two foreign materials surprisingly evolved into a collaboration of ‘concept’ and ‘sculptural form’.

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Northern Exposure 2015

Northern Exposure 2015

May 30 - June 20, 2015

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.

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