The newest exhibition at the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art is now open until March 23, 2023! True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel features 10 Northwest Coast Indigenous artists and their paintings, sculptures, weaving, and digital creations that speak to themes of moving forward with tradition in mind.
True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel
When: June 15, 2022 – March 19, 2023
Where: Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art (639 Horny Street, Vancouver)
Carrielyn Victor, the curator of True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel, shares that “This exhibition offers a compelling perspective into the artistic process of many Indigenous painters from across the Northwest Coast.” An artist and muralist herself, Victor’s art combines her traditional Coast Salish background and techniques with modern tools and mediums, an expression of her heritage and who she is today. Victor encourages visitors to “…explore new approaches, ideas, and innovations in painting that are place-based and story-rich.”
The subtitle, stímetstexw tel xéltel, is translated as “Keeping the pencil moving forward”, in Upriver Stahlo, Halq’emeylemqel dialect. It was chosen with assistance from artist and language keeper, Thomas Jones, because it embodies the exhibition’s theme of honouring Indigenous art, cultures, and traditions while expanding artistic boundaries and moving forward.
Contributing artists at True to Place: stímetstexw tel xéltel include Atheana Picha, Corey Bullpitt, Crystal Worl, Eliot White-Hill, Luke Parnell, Ocean Hyland, Robert Davidson, Shawn Hunt, Steve Smith, and Thomas Jones. There are also a variety of events such as artist talks and workshops that are open to the public. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the exhibition and the artists but also Indigenous values, cultures, and art, too.
For more information, including where to get your tickets and the exhibition’s accompanying events, click here. If you’re interested in similar art events in Vancouver, be sure to check out our review of the Museum of Anthropology’s newest exhibit, Xicanx: Dreamers + Changemakers / Soñadores + creadores del cambio.