Artbeat – Arts & Culture from the Edge – June 18, 2021

"I come in Peace" by David Wilson Sookinakin
“I come in Peace” by David Wilson Sookinakin

“Pictograph Reflections” with artist David Wilson Sookinakin

David Wilson Sookinakin is a renowned First Nations artist from the Okanagan Nation. As a child, David looked for his own Nation’s art forms, but could only find a few pictographs. After discovering a book of local pictographs in the public library, he studied it extensively and went on to develop his own style of art from this.  “I create First Nations Art using ancient pictographs of my Ancestors to create a contemporary and new First Nations Art Form.” His expressive paintings are created on large canvases measuring 4 – 5 feet. Other mediums include drums and printmaking.

David expanded his skills and knowledge studying at the West Coast with Haida and Salish artists. He has become an accomplished artist who has added strength and vibrancy to the collective voice of First Nations artists. His accomplishments include being the winner of the 2012 BC Achievement Awards in Aboriginal Art. His famous work can be found in public art collections such as UBC Okanagan Campus and the Kelowna Airport.

With an ever-evolving creative path, David’s latest projects include a children’s publication, and creating new pictographs for his language. In the future, he would like to create a mural of picto-tiles for schools.

David’s collection will also be joined by art from local First Nation and Metis Artists with the show running from from June 1st to 30th.

Call for Entries to People, Plants, and Pollinators for local artists

Look closely at your gardens! The Monashee Arts Council (MAC) is sponsoring an open show in July that features the relationship between people, plants and pollinators. 

Artists are welcome to submit two entries in either 2-D or 3-D mediums. Deadline is Wednesday, June 30. Applications can be picked up at the gallery Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm at 1975 Vernon Street (Highway 6) in Lumby. You can also request an application by phone and email.

Please make sure the entry is suitably finished for hanging or standing display and is accompanied by a brief statement connecting your work to the theme of the show. 

This show is made possible by volunteers and staff of the Village Gallery and the Monashee Arts Council and through funding of the RDNO and the BC Arts Council. 

Curators of the show are Karen Bright, and Nina Westaway.

For further information, please contact:

Monashee Arts Council
attn: Nina Westaway or Karen Bright