Legendary Canadian artist Bill Reid has had a tremendous impact on the identity of YVR. His iconic piece, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii: The Jade Canoe is immediately recognizable and is photographed hundreds of times a day by travellers in the terminal who are awestruck by its scope and beauty. Which is why we are so excited to have representatives of the Bill Reid Gallery on site August 9, and August 16 to provide an insightful look and understanding of the contemporary Aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast.
At this Take Off Friday event, we are honoured to have Kwiaahwah Jones on site to personally tell her story. Kwiaahwah is Haida and grew up in the Queen Charlotte Islands. She works as the director of content, curating and programming for the gallery. Kwiaahwah is related to Bill Reid and shares how his work influenced her as a young Haida and was integral to her interest in Northwest Coast art. She is also a past recipient of a YVR Art Foundation scholarship award.
So make a date with Kwiaahwah and The Jade Canoe, located at International Departures, Level 3. The half-hour talks begin promptly at 9.30 a.m. on both dates, followed by an opportunity for questions and a few lucky attendees can win passes to the Bill Reid Art Gallery in Downtown Vancouver.
The Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art was established in 1999 as an initiative of The Bill Reid Foundation. Their mission is to preserve the art and perpetuate the legacy of Bill Reid; master Haida goldsmith, sculptor, carver, writer and spokesman and one of Canada's greatest artists and build awareness and appreciation for Northwest Coast art.