Aboriginal artist, Gordon Dick, will be hanging an original 11-foot-by-3-foot wood-carving that commemorates his grandfather at the new Central Park on Third Avenue and Angus Street.
Dick has been a career artist on the Island for more than 20 years and is the owner of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery, where he’s been selling his original Northwest Coast Art since 2008.
Much of Dick’s artwork symbolizes family roots, stories or traditions, much like his piece for Central Park which tells a story about teachings and influence Dick received from his grandfather when he was young during fishing trips on the river.
“I don’t think it could go in such a better place in the Valley,” Dick said. “It’s a very personal piece to me.”
The new park is located on Third Avenue and Angus Street in Port Alberni’s uptown and is estimated to be opened by the end of May.
Growing up mainly on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Dick said he became intersted in carving and First Nations art from going to traditional ceremonies and through his grandparents’ influence.
Dick sells both small and large-scale artworks in his store and by special order.
“I always think of myself now as a student,” Dick said. “I’m going to try and learn as much as I can from anyone and everyone.”