Arts: Here and Now – Contemporary Kwantlen First Nations Art

By on June 28, 2012

The talents of Kwantlen First Nation artists are the spotlight of the Langley Centennial Museum’s Here and Now: Contemporary Kwantlen First Nations Art exhibit, on display until August 29th.

Featuring the work of Brandon Gabriel and Phyllis Atkins, the exhibit will highlight the connection between Kwantlen First Nation’s past and present.

Brandon Gabriel, Drums

Works in the exhibit will explore the diverse methods and inspirations of both artists, and many pieces have particular significance for the entire Kwantlen First Nation. One of the most substantial pieces will be a 25 foot canoe. Over the years, the canoe has travelled down many exciting and daring waterways. It has recently undergone refurbishments, including a new frame, seating, and gunnel made entirely from Stanley Park cedar that fell during the great winter storm of 2006. The canoe will be painted by Gabriel and given a proper name at the exhibit’s opening reception.

Atkins’ oil paintings also depict the community of the Kwantlen. Many of her paintings express the Kwantlen’s journey of life and the sacredness of precious resources. Her Salmon painting represents the importance of the salmon industry to Kwantlen peoples and is inspired by her husband’s carvings, which are on display at the corner of River Road and Mavis Street in Fort Langley.

The opening reception for Here and Now: Contemporary Kwantlen First Nations Art, will be held at the Museum on Tuesday, May 15, 6 – 9pm. The evening’s celebrations will include a full salmon dinner, a blanketing ceremony, and a traditional canoe blessing, which will be the first of its kind for the Kwantlen First Nation in 100 years.

For more information, contact Curator Jane Lemke at 604.532.3536 or

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