Treasures of the Northwest

A Group Exhibition

duane_pasco_mask_down_from_the_north_2Haida master artist Bill Reid spoke of the “well-made object,” a term for the masterpieces created by the region’s artists for admiration, adornment and ritual use.  The natural materials of the Northwest help make these objects possible: from old growth trees to soft goat furs, bone and horn to copper and grasses. The quality of these materials has inspired artists to craft objects of beauty throughout the centuries.

The term treasure speaks to a thing of rare occurrence; the execution of an idea, the combination of beauty and profundity behind an object. In this place where sea meets forest meets mountains, treasures are discovered in each cove and cranny. The joy of finding these treasures—whether it is a totem pole returning to the earth in the forest, or being surprised by a favorite artist—is part of the aura that surrounds the well-made object.

The artists in Treasures of the Northwest Coast are individuals of rare talent and vision, and collectively honor Reid’s concept with their beautifully-wrought objects.

Exhibition Dates:

December 6, 2012 - January 31, 2013

Involved Artists:

Larry Ahvakana, Robert Barratt, Steve Brown, Lois Chichinoff Thadei, Ray Dudley, Dale Faulstich, Jean Ferrier, Chloe French, Aleph Geddis, Allie High, Bill Holm, Scott Jensen, Courtney Lipson, Adam McIsaac, Daniel Morsette Jr., Duane Pasco, Preston Singletary, Thomas Stream, Joan Tenenbaum, Henry Van Calcar, Jean Regal Westgate