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Culture Shift – Une Révolution Culturelle

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logoBremner’s work was included in the biennial exhibition, “Culture Shift – Une Révolution Culturelle” at Art Mûr in Montreal curated by Michael Patten.

“Many of the projects included in the exhibition aspire to reassert Indigenous identity within contemporary while acknowledging the consequences of colonialism on aboriginal people,” curator Michael Patten tells The Creators Project.

Small Treasures: A Christmas Exhibition

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Bremner’s work is included in Alcheringa Gallery’s “Small Treasures: A Christmas Exhibition”.

“This season we invite you to celebrate the season with exquisite, smaller-scale works by contemporary artists from both sides of the Pacific. Featuring works by Alison Bremner, Catherine Blackburn, Doug Cranmer, Edward Dumoi, Angelina Gumowe, Ron Hamilton, Dorothy Jarvis, Edward Joe, Ricky Kiang, lessLIE, George Littlechild, Chris Paul, Susan Point, Mark Preston, Richard Sumner and Dylan Thomas”.

November 21- December 31, 2015
Alcheringa Gallery
621 Fort Street
Victoria, BC

Northwest Coast Art Into the Future

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Bremner recently participated in a panel discussion on future of Northwest Coast art. The panel took place at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, AK and was comprised of Nicholas Galanin, David R. Boxley and Rico Worl. The talk was moderated by Lance Twitchell.

The panel was recorded and is now online at:

Gunalchéesh Sealaska Heritage Institute for bringing the artists together.

Burke Museum Of Natural History and Culture Acquisition

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The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture has acquired Bremner’s piece, “Big Money”, for their permanent collections.

The copper shield, or tináa, was an object of wealth and prestige among the Northwest Coast First Nations people. It was brought out to display during potlatch, and represented more than just the value of the copper.

Tináas once held a money-like value that today is held by dollar bills. Big Money is the next step from the Potlatch Dollars jewelry line, which features images of money superimposed onto copper shields.

Gunalchéesh, thank you to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture!

Native American Heritage Month Lecture Series

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Sealaska Heritage Institute in Juneau, Alaska will be sponsoring a series of lectures during Native American Heritage Month. There will be lectures by David A. Boxley, Steve Brown, Robert Davidson and Perry Eaton. The series will conclude with a panel of young artists titled “Northwest Coast Art Into the Future”.

“Northwest Coast Art Into the Future” will be comprised of Alison Bremner, David R. Boxley, Rico Worl and Nicholas Galanin. The panel will take place at noon on December 3rd at the Living History Center in the Walter Soboleff Building. The event is free to the public, and a video of the panel will be posted online after the event.

December 3, 2015
Walter Soboleff Building
Juneau, AK
Free Admission

Museum of Anthropology Design Contest

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Alison Bremner is thrilled to have won her second consecutive Museum of Anthropology T-shirt Design Contest! The design, How Raven Accidentally Wiped Out the Dinosaurs, will be available for a period of one year exclusively through the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, BC.

“At a certain point in history, the Raven mythologies stop. I am interested in continuing the Raven narratives. The task we have been given as First Nations people of rebuilding our cultures is very serious. Because of that, First Nations people themselves have been cast as very serious. In attempting to stay consistent with the tone of the old stories, the Raven mythologies focus on humor while attempting to bring the stories into present day.

What did our ancestors think, if and when they encountered a massive fossil? “How Raven Accidentally Wiped Out the Dinosaurs” tells the tale of how one of Raven’s schemes elsewhere in the cosmos backfired, sending him smashing into earth. Obliterating life as it was then, and ultimately clearing the way for human civilization.”

Adult and kids’ sizes are available and can be shipped internationally. To order, contact or 604-827-4810.

Yakutat Tlingit Tribe Culture Camp

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Students paint formline designs on the drums they made

Alison Bremner recently participated in the Yakutat Culture Camp as a formline design instructor. Students learned the basic rules of formline and painted drums and rattles they had made. By the end of the 10 day camp, students were successfully combining the elements of formline to create their own designs.

It was an absolute gift to teach and spend time with the campers. Thank you to the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe for creating such a supportive and inspiring environment for our next generation!

David A. Boxley and Fred Bemis Totem Poles

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Left: Alison Bremner paints on David A. Boxley’s totem pole
Right: Bremner paints on Fred Bemis’ totem pole

2015 has been the summer of totem pole painting! Alison Bremner is fortunate to have apprenticed with Tsimshian master David A. Boxley and Tlingit artist Fred Bemis on their respective totem pole projects.

Carved in 1995, Boxley’s 40ft pole stands in Port Ludlow, WA. Bremner was part of a refurbishing team brought in to repair and repaint the pole. It is expected for a pole to require touchups after being exposed to the elements.

Fred Bemis, a Yakutat Tlingit carver, was hired by the Rasmuson Foundation and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe to create a 12ft totem pole. The pole tells the story of the relationship between the Yakutat people and the Rasmuson Foundation family. Bremner was brought on as an apprentice to paint what was the second totem pole in post-contact Yakutat history.

Upon completion, both poles were welcomed with a day of ceremony. Thank you to David A. Boxley, Fred Bemis, the Rasmuson Foundation, and the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe for the wonderful opportunities!