Innovative 3-D First Nation’s art

Curtis Wilson’s Moon is a traditional design in a modern-day medium being offered at the Museum at Campbell River. - Photo submitted
Curtis Wilson’s Moon is a traditional design in a modern-day medium being offered at the Museum at Campbell River.
— image credit: Photo submitted

There is an innovative new type of art that has just arrived at the Museum at Campbell River Shop.

The pieces have been designed by First Nations artist Curtis Wilson of the Campbell River Band, and manufactured in acrylic locally by Cheryl McIvor of Plastic Plus Fabricating, who saw the potential in Wilson’s traditional designs and wanted to produce them in a modern day medium.

Shop manager Roslyn Nickel is excited about carrying this unique product.

“I am thrilled to be carrying a product that is entirely made in Campbell River – designed by a local aboriginal artist, and made by a local manufacturer. As far as we know there has never been a product developed like this in the world, and it was all Cheryl’s idea!

“This artwork is exclusive to our Shop, and I love that fact that through these pieces, we are supporting a local artist and business and these reflect the museum’s collection area.”

These three dimensional pieces are colourful, light and durable and can be suspended easily or hung on a wall.  They are ideal purchases for travellers who want to take home something representing themes found in First Nations art such as Salmon, Hummingbird, Raven and Moon, and are looking for items that aren’t bulky and can easily be packed into luggage. Because they are light, they are also inexpensive to ship.

You can see these new works, and browse many beautiful gift ideas and souvenirs at the Museum Gift Shop.

The Museum is located at 470 Island Highway and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of September.

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