September 12, 2016

The Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver

Jeem and Sherry recently visited the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art located in the heart of downtown Vancouver. The gallery is, quite simply, a gem.

The gallery is named after the acclaimed Haida artist Bill Reid (1920 – 1998). Reid was a master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, broadcaster and one of Canada's greatest artists.

Gallery highlights include: Reid’s gold and silver jewelry, his monumental sculptures in bronze and stone, and a full-scale totem pole, carved by James Hart of Haida Gwaii.

This is a fascinating place to visit. Popular with tourists, it should be seen by locals too. Especially the various special exhibitions that appear through the year.

On until October 2nd, is The Seriousness of Play by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. This too, is an amazing exhibition and features Haida Manga, a contemporary art form "that offers a playful way of viewing and engaging with social issues as it seeks participation, dialogue, reflection and action."

Influenced by traditional Haida iconography and contemporary Japanese visual culture, Yahgulanaas has created an original artistic practice celebrated by an international audience.

Sometimes, even in gallery of this stature, some things are askew. Normally Jeem is the one who puts things right, but on this day Sherry decided to make things better. Helping out is good.

Hmmm.... this is more difficult than it looks.

Well, after talking with several nice but burly security people, and promising not to touch anything else, we were escorted to the door.*

The Bill Reid Gallery is located at 639 Hornby, and it's a Vancouver treasure!

Photos by Jeem. Copyright 2016 by Jim Murray.

*As part of the Seriousness of Play by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, 
visitors are invited to discover new ways of looking at this piece called Tongues, 
by rotating it.

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