Children of takaya exhibit
Jordan Gallie, Olivia George, Jacob George, Robbie George, Ocean Hyland, Jonas Jones, Cody Larock, and features Atheana Picha.
The exhibit is curated by Jonas Jones (TsuKwalton).
Sept 8 – 12, 12 – 8 pm at Part Of Studio, 4389 Gallant Ave., North Vancouver
About the Exhibit
The Children of Takaya exhibition presents artwork from seven emerging Tsleil-Waututh artists in this five-day Part Of Studio exhibit in Deep Cove, unceded Tsleil-Waututh lands and waters. The exhibition brings together young artists as they build their careers, sheds light on their individual craft, and reveals this important moment of cultural resurgence for Coast Salish culture. Cover art by Ocean Hyland. Co-produced by @partof.studio and @maplewoodflats.
Calendar of Events
September 8, Wednesday – 7:30pm
September 12, Sunday – 2:00pm
TsuKwalton / Tsleil-Waututh
Jonas Jones, who comes from the village of Átsnach (Tsleil-Waututh) with strong bloodlines running from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation). His kwshámin (ancestral name), TsuKwalton, comes from the Squamish village of Chʼiyáḵmesh. He is learning and apprenticing under the guidance and support of Ses Siyam (Ray Natraoro), indulging in the Coast Salish laws of art, a system that is passed down from master carver to apprentice. He is honoured to be practicing this craft, as this foundation of art and way of life has been running through his blood for thousands of years. He says, “To live and breathe a little piece of the old people our swa7am (ancestors) is truly a beautiful thing.”
Tsiyaìlten / Tsleil-Waututh
Robbie George’s ancestral name is Tsiyaìlten and his English name is Robert George from Tsleil Waututh Nation. He has been making drums for four years and rattles for two years. He makes traditional hand drums, double sided drums, remo-fiberskyn drums and hand held rattles for both children and adults. He can give both drum and rattle-making workshops. He not only buys, sells and trades his pieces but also donates drums/rattles for auctions and fundraisers.
Jacob George is a born and raised Coast Salish artist from the Tsleil-Waututh reservation. He is a self taught wood carver. He started carving at the age of 10. For him, the strong, rich smell of the red and yellow cedar gives a warm and relaxing feeling. Carving started out as a stress reliever and now it has become a very important passion. When he starts a carving, he starts a bond with the wood and he talks to the wood and listens to the wood. He says, “Carving has taught me how to be positive, caring and patient. I’ve learned if you are not in a good space, the carving will be difficult. To create carving is not an art but a way of life.”
Ts'simtelot / Tsleil-Waututh
Ocean Hyland is an aspiring artist in the fields of painting, jewellery, carving, weaving and language. Currently she lives at the village Xwkw’laxwum (Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island). Ocean is of mixed ancestry from Cheam, Tsleil Waututh, Squamish, and Polynesian on her mother’s side. Her father is Irish and Scottish. Passed down from her maternal grandfather she carries the ancestral name Ts'simtelot, which she shares with her mother Charlene Aleck. She has studied at both the Native Education College and at Simon Fraser University taking hands-on programs like the North-West coast jewellery Arts program, learning about art history and contemporary silver jewellery techniques, and then Simon Fraser University’s Language Immersion Diploma program, becoming proficient in the Skwxwu7mesh language.
Jordan Gallie is from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and he has a background in graphic design and original handcrafted jewelry. For the past six years, Jordan has been creating First Nations Art. He has a background in North West Coast Jewelry and has completed the Fine Arts program at the Native Education College and Animation Graphic Design program at Capilano University.
Olivia George is a Tsleil-Waututh First Nations artist. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Olivia grew to love art at a young age. Her favoured mediums are acrylic paint on canvas and producing digital designs. After attaining a Graphic Design diploma she has been able to create multiple designs and logos for clients on the North Shore. A couple of major projects were Animal Designs for The North Shore Culture Compass, Season Pass designs for Mount Seymour Resort and medal designs for HSBC Canada Sevens Vancouver. Being a self-taught Coast Salish artist, Olivia always strives to represent a story, an animal, a brand, or any special meaning in a creative, honourable way. Her style is traditional with a simple, modern twist.
Cody LaRock is a Coast Salish artist, Cody is a member of and resides in his traditional territory Tsleil-Waututh Nation,Vancouver British Columbia. Cody has inherited his values for culture & traditions from respected late grandfather Alexander “Joe” Aleck from Cheam First Nation located in the Stó:lō territory. Cody’s love and passion for Coast Salish art was inspired by his father, wood carver Claude ‘Rocky’ LaRock from Sts'ailes. Cody works primarily with metal and wood and has work displayed at həy̓χʷət kʷθəšxʷhəliʔ leləm (Healing Spirit House) in Coquitlam, B.C.
Kwantlen + Tsartlip
Atheana Picha is an multidisciplinary Coast Salish artist from the Kwantlen and Tsartlip First Nations, and is based in Richmond, BC. Picha studied Fine Arts at Langara College, with a high interest in ceramics, intaglio printmaking, and wood carving. She is currently doing two mentorships, one with Musqueam weaver Debra Sparrow, and one with Squamish artist Aaron Nelson-Moody learning silver engraving and wood carving. Her work is heavily inspired by “classical” Salish design language, and often incorporates references to “old-school" Salish pieces. Picha is a two-time recipient of the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship (2017 & 2019), and has done murals throughout the greater Vancouver area.