#ArtistOfTheWeek Jason Taylor

// Our friends at Aboriginal Tourism BC have an awesome new #ArtistOfTheWeek feature...check it out!   #ArtistOfTheWeek Jason Taylor has been deeply involved in his Kwakwaka’wakw culture, learning the songs, dances,... Posted by Aboriginal Tourism BC on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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Caleb Sjovold

El Swayel, My name is Caleb Sjovold and I am a member of Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation. I’m currently living in Ohio with my family and am going into the12th grade. I am visiting family and working as an Events Assistant over the summer. Last year I worked for Sq’ewá:lxw doing maintenance, cleaning up the administration buildings and helping out around my community. My plans after graduation are to move back to Hope or Sq’ewá:lxw, work for a year to pay off college and continue to pursue necessary training for a full time position at best essay writing service a fire department. I look forward to learning more about Aboriginal culture and art this summer.

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Ey Swayel, My name is Sharon Desnomie; I am from Sto:lo territory and I have grown up surrounded by our culture and traditions that I hold onto very dearly. I was recently hired as Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation’s Events Assistant and will be working part-time with Mike.  I am excited for the learning opportunity and to meet new people and members of Sq’ewá:lxw. My plan for after summer is to continue my education through the University of the Fraser Valley and continue working on my goal of becoming a substance abuse counselor. When not working or enrolled in school I am very involved in my families mixed martial arts gym as fitness plays a big part in all aspects of my life, from running to war canoe racing to kickboxing. Strong mind, strong body, strong spirit.

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Bikes Against Bullies – #BAB2015

When Sq'ewá:lxw was considering different charities to make donations to this Christmas season, I suggested that we sponsor this year's Bikes Against Bullies ride.  The connections were too obvious to ignore: suicide touches First Nations youth at a rate many times that of the national average, most Indigenous people have experienced some type of bullying because of their heritage, and the sexual exploitation of young Indigenous women continues to be ignored by the federal government.  While the Amanda Todd Legacy Society doesn't have a specific mandate to assist Indigenous youth, they make efforts to help everyone who suffers from bullying or sexual exploitation, regardless of race. A decision was made to make a $5000 donation to the Bikes Against Bullies ride and, as a result, the ride will now wind up at Sq’ewá:lxw in Stó:lō territories on July 26th. Click on the link below to pre-register for the event and be entered to win an awesome prize! Make sure you invite your friends to the Facebook event page. Event management for 3rd Annual Bikes Against Bullies powered by Eventbrite

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Press Release – Ruby Creek Art Gallery Open House


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 24-Sep-14   You are invited to experience an evening of music, dance, & art The Ruby Creek Art Gallery will be hosting an Open House   Agassiz, BC: The Ruby Creek Art Gallery, owned and operated by the Skawahlook First Nation, has arranged an entertaining open house event to be held on the evening of October 24th from 6PM until 9PM. In keeping with our mission to promote the finest Pacific Northwest Coast artists, we invite all art lovers to join us and experience what our gallery has to offer. The Ruby Creek Art Gallery does a phenomenal job of displaying beautiful Native art pieces such as cedar and soapstone carvings, silver and gold jewelry, framed prints, original paintings, and drums. However, gallery manager, Mike Bellegarde, states, “We believe that art appreciation should go beyond the visual aspect of just ‘seeing’ the art pieces. We want our visitors to also feel the beat of the drums and to hear the voices of the artists, we want them to smell the cedar as it is being carved and, through story, to get a glimpse into the mind of the carver as a piece of cedar is brought to life. We believe that our Open House event will give our visitors that holistic experience and a better understanding of the art pieces that we have on display.” Some of the highlights of the evening that we have planned are: Cultural sharing of song and dance by The Git Hayetsk Dancers Native flute music by Eagle Child Art exhibition by Mike Dangeli, Nisga’a artist Art exhibition by Pascal Pelletier, Métis artist Appetizers and refreshments will be served Performances will begin at 6:15PM About Ruby Creek Art Gallery: Located on scenic highway #7, between the towns of Agassiz and Hope, we are committed to promoting the work of the finest Northwest First Nations artists.  The gallery is owned and operated by the Skawahlook First Nation. We take pride in our extraordinary collection of Pacific Northwest Native art, which includes limited addition prints, gold and silver carved jewelry, hand carved boxes, chests, and plaques, handcrafted drums, soapstone and textiles. For more information contact Mike Bellegarde at the Ruby Creek Art Gallery at (604)796-0740 or by email at ###

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Ruby Creek Art Gallery Open House – Save the Date!

    Open House - Save the Date! View this email in your browser Share Tweet +1 Share Forward to Friend You are Invited Save the Date! Click on the Image to RSVP to the FaceBook Event! The Git Hayetsk Dancers This phenomenal dance group will be joining us to share their amazing songs and dances to get the Open House started in a good way!  Performance starts at 6:15PM! Owned and operated by the Skawahlook First Nation, the Ruby Creek Art Gallery is committed to promoting the work of the finest Northwest First Nations artists. Visit our new website! Carvings, Jewelry, Framed Prints & More! Follow us on Social Media Facebook Twitter Google + Instagram Pinterest Website Email Tumblr YouTube LinkedIn Pascal Pelletier has been working hard on bringing some new pieces of artwork to life over the summer.We are very excited to see his exhibition at our Open House!You can check out some of his art on our website but here is a sneak peek! Mike Dangeli is of the Nisga’a, Tlingit, Tsetsaut, and Tsimshian Nations.He will be bringing some of his latest creations to the Open House and we are confident that you will love his exhibit!Check out his art on our website! Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.*|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*Our mailing address is:*|HTML:LIST_ADDRESS_HTML|* *|END:IF|*unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences*|IF:REWARDS|* *|HTML:REWARDS|* *|END:IF|*

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Introducing Native Northwest Gifts


The Ruby Creek Art Gallery is very excited to offer gifts by Native Northwest to our clients. We are very proud of the one of a kind, hand crafted items that we carry in the gallery; however, we want to be able to offer something for every budget.  We now have products that appeal to everyone, from the high end art collector to the passerby seeking a small token to remember their vacation by. From flip flops and baby booties to sunglasses ball caps and even shower curtains and serving sets, the Native Northwest collection offers a piece of Pacific Northwest Native Art on items that you can use every day at very affordable prices. Please have a look on our website or stop in and visit us in the store!                    

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New Artist – Alano Edzerza


The Ruby Creek Art Gallery is extremely excited to be carrying the artwork of Alano Edzerza in our gallery.  We currently have 4 of his amazing pieces in stock and will be sure to get more as soon as we can. Alano's Bio from his website reads: Alano is a Tahltan multimedia artist and entrepreneur based in West Vancouver, British Columbia. He has had numerous group shows and solo shows in Canada and abroad and is one of the key artists in the contemporary northwest coast art movement. Alano cemented the reputation of his growing company during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he designed the outerwear for the Dutch Olympic team. He is the owner and director of Edzerza Gallery, Edzerza sports and Edzerza Artworks and has been running his own business since 2007. Recently, Edzerza Gallery has moved from the downtown Vancouver location to a fully operational online store and gallery, The Edzerza Artworks business plan and proposal has been set up since starting the gallery. Ongoing activities have included art production, sales, wholesale and as of late focusing on online retail sales. Edzerza has taught and volunteered with the youth organizations KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), the Freida Diesing School for Northwest Coast Native Art, and NYAC (Native Youth Arts Collective) as well as been a judge for the YVR Art Foundation Scholarship for young Native artists. In 2009 he was the recipient of the 2009 30 & Under Entrepreneur of the Year Award. “My mandate as a young business owner is to not only to continue to succeed in running my own business, but to grow and be able to and show other artists native and non native alike that we all can create successful business from our talents.”

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New Promo Video

Ladies and gentlemen... I want to take a moment to give a shout out to Jeff at VRideTV who did all of the camera work and editing for our new promo video.  He was extremely professional to work with and he produces a fantastic product at a very reasonable price.  Check out his motorcycle and adventure travel related content on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Google+ for starters!  He's on pretty much every social media network that you can think of.   Here is a behind the scenes selfie that I took with Cree/Métis carver Pascal Pelletier!  You can also find him on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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