Curtis Wilson with orca carving
Wei Wai Kum artist and councilor Curtis Wilson is one of three island artists selected by TimberWest to participate in its First Nation Cultural Art Showcase Program. The program recognizes and supports three First Nation artists representing their major language group on Vancouver Island. It commissions the artists to design, create and showcase their cultural art work at a seven-week art show starting in September hosted at the Nanaimo Art Gallery at Vancouver Island University (VIU).
The other artists are Richard Thomas of the Coast Salish Snuneymuxw tribe, and Vince Smith of the Ehattesaht tribe in the Nuu-chah-nulth territory.
“We are pleased to shine a spotlight on these remarkable artists, and provide the public with a viewing experience that will tell a story about Vancouver Island’s First Nation culture.” says Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest.
“I am honoured that I was selected to represent the Kwakwaka’wakw territory, and I am excited to showcase my catalogue of work at my alma mater,” says Curtis, who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies from VIU when it was called Malaspina College.
“My motto is the belief that every day is a learning experience and we must do our best to pass on our cultural knowledge to future generations. This opportunity is one avenue to accomplish that goal.”