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GORDON SMITH GALLERY
ARTISTS FOR KIDS
The Gallery is currently closed between exhibitions. The Gallery will re-open with its Summer Exhibition on Wednesday May 16, 2018.
Art at The Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian Art begins before you enter the space.
The stunning doors to the Gallery are the work of
a Coast Salish carver
and North Shore artist
. “He has been carving on the North Shore and for the school board for more than 25 years, and his work always is able to convey a story of people and their environment, so he was the perfect choice for this piece,” says Yolande Martinello, Director of Artists for Kids.
rs, carved in his studio in North Vancouver, represent the cultural make up of the people of the area — the Squamish people, represented by the Thunderbird, and the Burrard or Tsleil-Waututh people, represented by the wolf. Even the blend of three types of wood, Douglas fir, red cedar and yellow cedar, reflect a union.
The elements of the story within the doors are rich with history and meaning.
At the top of the doors is the
, perched eagle-like with its copper inlaid eye, and represents the supernatural force that oversees all creation.
The shoulders reflect
from the First Nations legend, who are the women from each nation that united the two peoples and were then turned to stone to oversee the generations that followed.
There is a
on one side of the Thunderbird, to represent the North Shore, and the
on the other side.
In the centre is the
, representing strength and inspired by the first Artists for Kids acquisition, Bill Reid’s drum design.
In the bear are the two carving styles, that of the
Haida people and the Coast Salish people
. The door handles form the tongue of the bear. On the left of the bear is a
, in traditional Coast Salish style, representing the journey we all travel.
The greenish hue in background of the bear was chosen to symbolize wealth and is achieved through copper oxidation. The
, that surrounds the bear, represents family and also has a copper inlaid eye.