Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art In Vancouver, Canada
Love art and visiting Vancouver? Add the Bill Reid Gallery!
One of the most renown Canadian and First Nations artists is Bill Reid. You may have seen or heard of his work perhaps without knowing it. He has a large bronze sculpture called “The Spirit of Haida Gwaii” in the Canadian embassy in Washington DC, the “Jade Canoe” in the Vancouver Airport, “The Chief Of The Undersea World” at the Vancouver Aquarium, and you can see his artwork depicted on the $20 Canadian bill.
If you have read my blog or seen my social media before, you may have seen my love for First Nations art and culture. If you are not familiar with what it is, First Nations is a term commonly used in Canada to describe the indigenous people of the land. Growing up in Vancouver, we studied the different tribes of British Columbia like the Haida, Nootka, and Salish. Indigenous Canadian art is something I love very much because it tells the story of a culture. It’s part of a people’s history.
The Bill Reid Gallery is located right in central downtown. It is walking distance to the Vancouver Art Gallery and many other popular sites. It’s named after the late Haida artist Bill Reid. He was a master goldsmith, carver, sculptor, writer, broadcaster, and more. Though the gallery is small in size it is definitely worth a visit to see Bill Reid’s gold and silver jewelry, sculptures and learn more about the indigenous art of the Pacific Northwest.
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Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art
639 Hornby Street
Canada V6C 2G3