“To a large degree, the freedom that contemporary Māori art now enjoys came from the early acknowledgement that graphic arts are intrinsic to art and are as valid as woodcarving or other traditional disciplines. Māori painting has blossomed in many different directions — as one can see readily in comparing the styles of Sandy Adsett, Darcy Nicholas, June Northcroft Grant and Steve Gibbs. Gabrielle Belz, the renowned printmaker, is also an accomplished painter. These individuals have risen in stature as artists and as educators who teach their students to understand their culture and artistic traditions but also to find their own voices: the students are encouraged to become Māori artists but to consider the entire world as a possible influence.”
Excerpt from Manawa—Pacific Heartbeat
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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