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  • Sardines, Thursday


    Sardines, Thursday


    I had my studio in Cowichan Bay for a few years (2016-2017) and fell in love with the spirit of the place. The Pacific Sardine is a member of the herring family. This small schooling fish is an important part of our marine ecosystem as food for larger creatures like salmon and humpback whales. Between 1920 and 1940 there was a robust sardine fishery on Vancouver Island.

    artist: Dale Nigel Goble
    region: South Island
    closest community: Cowichan Bay
    original medium: Digital



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  • Red rings


    Red rings


    This venetian plaster painting honours the Cheewaht Giant – a massive Western red cedar tree near Cheewaht Lake. The Giant is Canada’s largest known tree.

    The Cheewaht Giant is estimated to be 2,500 years old, and still growing. It is 20 feet wide, 60 feet around, and over 182 feet high.

    Vancouver Island is in the middle of Western red cedar range. The island’s temperate rainforest climate make this prime territory for these slow growing, long lived trees.

    The western red cedar has been called “the cornerstone of Northwest Coast aboriginal culture,” and has great spiritual significance. Coastal people use all parts of the tree. They use the wood for dugout canoes, house planks, bentwood boxes, clothing, and many tools such as arrow shafts, masks and paddles. The inner bark can be used for rope, clothing and baskets. The long arching branches can be twisted into rope and baskets. It is also used for many medicines.

    With much of Vancouver Island having been logged two or three times, these giants are now rare. Luckily, this tree is protected within the boundaries of Pacific Rim National Park, which is located in the tradition territory of the Ditidaht People.

    The Western red cedar is British Columbia’s official tree.

    artist: Jenny Farkas
    region: Pacific Rim
    closest community: Nitinaht
    original medium: Venetian plaster



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