Art comes to life at Alberni’s Ahtsik Gallery

Alberni's Ahtsik Gallery is hosting its 'artists at work' event on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the gallery on the Pacific Rim Highway.

Aboriginal artists Ray Sim

Aboriginal artists Ray Sim

Ahtsik Native Art Gallery will hold its third annual Artists at Work event on Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Guest artists include Doug David from Tla-o-qui-aht (Sunday only), Randy Atleo from Ahousaht (Saturday only), Ray Sim from the Salish First Nation, Maria Desnoyer from Heshquiaht and Ahtsik Gallery owner  Gordon Dick, a Nuu-chah-nulth artist.

Come and see artists create their art in-house. Observe wood carving, painting, jewelry carving and basket weaving.

Dick said he feels fortunate to be able to practice his cultural art because his ancestors held onto their identity. He enjoys carving large pieces, such as a totem pole that is going to Jeneece Place in Victoria, and structural art for homes and buildings.

Sim is a Salish artist who has lived in Port Alberni for 40 years and has been adopted by a Nuu-chah-nulth family. He has taught art at various local schools.

David carves cedar and makes rattles, sculptures, bowls, and has also been taught plains style art from his mother.

Desnoyer learned how to pick cedar bark and weave from her mother. She likes to weave baskets and bracelets.

Atleo learned from various uncles and enjoys carving red cedar and painting. He has been creating art part time for 13 years.

Ahtsik Gallery is located at 7133 Pacific Rim Highway, just before the Tseshaht Market.