Wei Wai Kum Artist Selected for Show at Royal BC Museum

Wei Wai Kum artist Tom Hunt Jr. has been selected to show his work in an exhibition at the Royal BC Museum this fall. It’s part of the 2018 TimberWest First Nation Cultural Art Showcase program.

Tom, who is a carver and painter, will show his work for two weeks in September (date to be announced) along with carvers Dave and Johnathan Jacobson of Tsaxis First Nation, cedar weaver Toni Frank of Shishalh First Nation and carvers and fashion designers the Good family from Snuneymux First Nation.

All of the artists are also demonstrating their work this week in what is called an immersive art experience that is taking place on the outdoor upper plaza of the Royal BC Museum 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Aug. 5.

“We were very pleased with the number of applicants and particularly impressed by their talent,” said Jeff Zweig, president and CEO of TimberWest.  “Through these artists’ original works and witnessing the creative process, we will deepen our appreciation of their cultural perspectives and personal heritage.”

“The Royal BC Museum as a venue for the TimberWest First Nation Cultural Art Showcase allows the public to interact, engage and learn from the artists in manner that allows for open discussion and reflection,” says Professor Jack Lohman, Royal BC Museum CEO.

Last year, the first of the Showcase program, Wei Wai Kum artist and Band Council member Curtis Wilson was selected for the showcase, which was held at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.