The upcoming October-November exhibition at Smithers Art Gallery is the Alumni Show, the inaugural collective show of artwork by alumni of the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. The opening reception is 7-9 p.m. this Friday at the gallery.
Smithers Art Gallery is delighted to be partnering with the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art (Northwest Community College) to host their very first alumni show, featuring the work of over 20 Freda Diesing graduates now practising contemporary native art in the Northwest, and the work of current second-year students at the school.
The exhibition will also display the work of some of the school’s instructors and renowned Haida artist, Freda Diesing, in whose honour the school is named. Don’t miss this historic event!
About the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art
Northwest Community College created the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art to honour, recognize and continue the legacy of Haida artist Freda Diesing. She was a master carver, painter, tireless educator and champion of First Nations art and culture.
It is the only school of its kind in Canada, focusing on traditional First Nations Pacific Northwest Coast art, with the view of developing skills into fine art.
The First Nations Fine Arts program is instructed and mentored by world-renowned artists Dempsey Bob (Tahltan/Tlingit), Stan Bevan (Tahltan/Tlingit/Tsimshian), Ken McNeil (Tahltan/Tlingit/Nisga’a) and Dean Heron (Kaska/Tlinget).
— Released by Smithers Art Gallery