Art of the Northwest Coast

First Nations artists from the Pacific Northwest are world renowned for their ability to create striking works of art that depict an active and dynamic world of life, heritage, and legends of the first peoples of the Pacific Northwest.

From now until September 15th, the Courtenay Museum is featuring the exhibition “Brought To Life: Art of the Northwest Coast .” Works of art in the exhibit are from: Washington, the east and west coast of Vancouver Island, the west coast of the mainland and the Queen Charlotte Islands. Artists include: Andy Everson, Gene Brabant, Dick Joesph, Stan Hunt, Ambrose Howard, Hank Speck Jr., Charlie Johnson, Duane Pasco, Leonard Duncan, Calvin Hunt, Henry Hunt and Delia O’Brien.

Though from differing locations and groups of people, the masks, fine art prints, rattles, and other items in this exhibit animate the elements and animals which ultimately determine balance in the world of the Pacific Northwest.

The works of art in this exhibition are derived mainly from the Courtenay Museum’s collection and range in age from the mid 1800’s to the most recent time. Many pieces have been donated over the years, such as the Heybroek collection, or purchased with the advice of elected members from the Comox Indian Band, a number of whom have served with the museum. Board of Directors since the museum society’s creation in the 1960’s. The current elected member is Mary Everson. As well, a number of pieces are on loan.

This exhibit is supported by the City of Courtenay, the British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Strathcona Regional District and the Comox Valley Charitable Bingo Association. Museum hours are 10:00- 5:00 Monday through Saturday and 12:00-4:00 on Sundays There is a suggested donation to the museum of three dollars and free admission for children. For further information contact the Courtenay Museum at 334-0686