April 6, 2018

In the News: Kwakwaka’wakw artist Beau Dick celebrated with book, exhibition


By Claudia Kwan

Deeply rooted in the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation, the late artist, activist and teacher Beau Dick produced dozens of works in his lifetime from his home in Alert Bay. His art is now being celebrated with both an exhibit at the Audain Art Museum in Whistler (now to June 11) and a book from Figure 1 Publishing (created in partnership with the Audain museum).
Beau Dick: Revolutionary Spirit by Darrin J. Martens takes a closer look at 80 masks created by Dick, showing the fine balance the artist maintained between First Nations tradition and contemporary and historical influences—anything from European paintings to Japanese Noh masks and anime. The exhibit description notes Dick’s ability to create a distinctive voice for himself, both within and outside his heritage.
Beyond his art, Dick was actively engaged in fostering the traditions of carving, dance and storytelling. He worked with such celebrated artists as Bill Reid, Robert Davidson and Doug Cranmer. A transformation mask he created for Expo 86 now hangs in the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que. He died in February 2017, at the age of 61.

audainartmuseum.com

French flavour at Holt Renfrew

Ooh la la. Colette Grand Café is expected to bring a certain stylish je ne sais quoi to Holt Renfrew Vancouver.
“We’ll warm up the space a little, create a more vintage, understated vieille France feel without it being over the top,” says Nicholas Storni, director of operations for Chase Hospitality Group. “The look and feel will be more in keeping of our concept of a grand café, where everything is simple and friendly, but elevated with seamless service and understated luxury.”
For now, the restaurant looks exactly like its predecessor, the short-lived Holts Café, with the same Yabu Pushelberg nautical theme and palette of deep blues. The idea, Storni says, is to make the initial transition go as smoothly as possible, so the changes will come in phases.
The rebranding will encompass the type of background music played at the restaurant, the uniforms for the staff and even the flowers on the tables. The menu will feature Parisian bistro cuisine, but incorporating Mediterranean and North African flavours and ingredients, Storni says. It has also been customized to reflect B.C. tastes: for instance, the scallop, Arctic char, spring salad and grain bowl was developed specifically for this location.

colettegrandcafe.com

Get crafty

To honour the concept of “unique pieces in smaller quantities with greater meaning,” the inaugural Crafted Vancouver festival is holding a wide range of events around the Lower Mainland from May 4 to 28.
That includes a Meet the Makers event, where master crafters share the secrets behind what they do, a housewares and furniture exhibition with panel discussions about beautiful interior spaces, and a film festival exploring the idea that “craft is everywhere.”
In addition, the 100 Vessels fundraising event at VanDusen Botanical Garden features handmade vessels paired with floral bouquets, while Spotlight focuses on a ceramics collective from Korea.

craftedvancouver.com

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