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An example of Squamish design on one of the panels that will decorate the rooftop awning on the Gibsons Public Art Gallery. Jody Broomfield image

The waters and forests surrounding Gibsons are considered to be the birthplace of the Squamish Nation. Yet there are no signs that an indigenous culture once thrived on the shores of the modern townsite. This changes on Oct. 28, with the unveiling and blessing of a new permanent display of Squamish Nation art at the town’s centre.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery has asked Sinàmkin (Jody Broomfield), the Squamish Nation artist behind a number of acclaimed public art displays across Vancouver and Whistler, to design a new facade for the exterior of the Gallery. This display for Gibsons will feature a hand-crafted cedar panel carving that depicts a human, with hands raised in the Salish gesture of thanks, with an eagle, bear, whale, and salmon.

Jody has been recognized with multiple awards for his public art creations and his design credits also include the 2006 Winter Olympic participant medallions (in Turin, Italy) and coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.

The Gallery is honoured to host this new vibrant piece of public art in Gibsons, and the whole community is invited to welcome a prominent return of Squamish art and culture to their ancestral Sunshine Coast territory. The artist will be attending the gallery with members of the Squamish Nation for an opening reception ceremony on Oct. 28 at 1pm. All are welcome. The Gallery’s AGM will follow at 2:30pm.

The Gibsons Public Art Gallery would like to rally community support for commissioning future works of art from contemporary Squamish Nation artists. Imagine driving off the ferry to a welcoming pole and multiple displays of Squamish art placed throughout our community. Embracing new expressions of Squamish culture provides opportunities for Squamish artists and supports healthy indigenous communities by fostering this connection to territory and culture.

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