Freda Diesing year-end art show

Welcome to the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art year-end online exhibition running May 7 - June 11, 2021.

 Artists on showcase
 Alexander Erickson  Satsi Naziel
 Hannah Stewart  Tanya Gregoire
 Jessica McCallum-Miller   Toby Cote
 Kiri Green  

Alexander Erickson bio

Alexander Erickson
Instagram: @tsibalyan

Alexander Erickson is from the Haisla and Dakelh Nations. He is from the Beaver clan. He now lives with his family on Coast Salish Territory known as Coquitlam. The pieces he creates his lineage of the Haisla while simultaneously reflecting events he witnesses. Alexander enjoys creating original pieces as well as developing the story attached to each piece.

Alexander Erickson - A Glimpse into the Past

A Glimpse into the Past

Artist: Alexander Erickson
Dimensions: 19” x 28” x 18.5" tall
Medium: Red Cedar Bentwood Chest. Rendition Front and Back / Original Sides Acrylic and Opperculum Shells.
Price: $3,000

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Alexander Erickson -Glimpse into the Past4
Alexander Erickson -Glimpse into the Past2
"This Bentwood Chest, using traditional Haisla design elements, reaches across time and comes to life. While sitting and working with it, I felt as if I were sitting with my elders. Hearing whispers of encouragement as well as corrections. I wanted to create this piece in hopes to represent my family and Haisla roots as best as possible. This piece helped me feel proud to be Haisla, and brought me back to a moment on Haisla territory."

Alexander Erickson - The Spirit of Addiction

Weegit Discovers the Spirit of Addiction

Artist: Alexander Erickson
Dimensions: 6” x 6” x 7" tall
Medium: Yellow and Red Cedar Bentwood Box. Original Design. Relief Carved with Opperculum Shell.
Price: $900 

Alexander Erickson - The Spirit of Addiction2
"Weegit has discovered many things through the many stories that have been told. This story is how he met the Spirit of Addiction. This Spirit has a helper that helps find new victims. So, Weegit called on one of his helpers to bring balance in the battle. This is an ongoing battle that Weegit now faces and not alone. This piece is from my heart as I see the importance of bringing light to this sensitive subject. My hope is that I can continue to create adaptations of this story I have created."

Alexander Erickson - tastamaq


Artist: Alexander Erickson
Dimensions: 12” x 36” x 1..5" deep
Medium: Acrylic on Birchwood. Original Design.
Price: $450

"This piece was inspired by a moment on the shore of Burns Lake. I caught a flash in the corner of my eye. For a few minutes I watched as Kingfisher flew into the water and ate some fish. Just as it was a one of kind moment, I wanted this design to be the same. I designed this to reflect the speed in which the bird goes fishing. Nothing is exactly symmetrical when watching it dive. The balance of heavy and light also reflect that personal moment I had watching him go fishing."

Hannah Stewart bio

Hannah Litkw Stewart

Hannah was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC and her art has largely been influenced by the coastal Tsimshian scenery. Hannah belongs to the Nisga'a Nation through her father's lineage. The coastal influences either show up through colour choices or the subjects included in her work through exploring various mediums over the years.

Since studying at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art she is interested in painting Northwest Coast formline in acrylic. She has participated in local exhibitions in Terrace, and Kitimat. Her future goals include transferring to Emily Carr University to complete a Bachelors of Fine Art degree.

Hannah Stewart - Raven


Artist: Hannah Stewart
Dimensions: 9.5” x  14” x 1.5”
Medium: Yellow cedar, acrylic paint
Price: $250

"Art has a mind of its own. I say this as an artist who has tried many times to create one thing, but throughout the process that thing turned out in a completely different way than originally planned. This plaque "Raven" was one of those transforming pieces. That's because the original sketch was not a raven at all, but a formline depiction of a toucan. Clearly, the tropical bird often related to "Toucan Sam" on cereal boxes did not desire to be depicted in formline yet. Because here we are, with our one and only "Raven" who, throughout many Northwest Coast First Nations Cultures is a trickster who can transform himself in order to play his tricks. Well, I guess I can count myself as one of many to be fooled by Raven."

Hannah Stewart - Bentwood Box
Hannah Stewart - Bentwood Box side
Hannah Stewart - Glow In Dark Box


Artist: Hannah Stewart
Dimensions: 5” x  6” x 5”
Medium: Yellow cedar, acrylic paint
Price: $100

Jessica McCallum-Miller Bio

Jessica McCallum-Miller

Jessica McCallum-Miller is a member of the Gitxsan Nation and is part Nisgaa and Cree. She is from House Geel of the Fireweed (Blackfish) Clan of Kispiox. She is a second year student at Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. Growing up in Terrace, surrounded by the mountains and waters she felt a calling to create pieces of artwork that are inspired by nature. She believes everything in nature is your teacher: that trees, rocks, and sacred waters have stories to tell. Jessica tries to reflect this through her work when creating traditional Tsimshian artwork.

She also enjoys creating contemporary and colourful pieces inspired by wildlife with a focus on respect for the conservation of animal life and sustaining our environment. Having respect for nature is one of her core values as an acting political advocate of seven years. With a focus on sustainability, social equity and progressive leadership, she hopes to positively impact future generations and empower others to follow their passions.

"I feel this true calling to create change, whether it be through my artwork or advocacy - I know that this is my life's work".

Jessica McCallum-Miller - Salmon

Little Ocean

Artist: Jessica McCallum-Miller
Dimensions: 9” round 
Medium: Yellow cedar, Acrylic Paint, Wood Stain, Abalone
Price: NFS

"The "Little Ocean" is a representation of all the small things that make us who we are, as we embark on our individual journeys. I created this piece to express my appreciation of Salmon as a traditional food source for Indigenous Peoples along our Coast. This piece is a reminder of the importance of our Ocean, as it gives life to us all. In this piece, a female Salmon braves the waves while swimming further to her spawning grounds. The abalone inlayed salmon eggs represent the sacred cycle of life and the birth of a new generation."

Jessica McCallum-Miller - Frog

Son of the Frog Chief

Artist: Jessica McCallum-Miller
Dimensions: 9”x12”
Medium: Yellow Cedar, Acrylic Paint, Wood Stain
Price: $60,751.61
(Price raised from $2,000 to reflect rate of inflation from the year 1906 to 2021)

"The Frog and Fireweed in this piece represent my Gitxsan Matrilineal Lineage and the resiliency of Indigenous Culture. I am honouring one of my Great Great Grandfathers with this piece. His name is Simon Gunanoot; he was the son of the Frog Chief and Fireweed Chieftess in Kispiox and would go down in History as one of the most wanted outlaws in Canada. Simon was accused of murdering two Caucasian men in 1906 near Hazelton B.C. For 13 years, he and his family lived and hid from RCMP in the Northern B.C Wilderness.

A $2000 reward was offered by authorities to those that had information that would lead to Simon’s arrest. That reward was never claimed, and in 1919, to protect his family, Simon surrendered and faced trial. During trial, he would be found not guilty. As Indigenous People’s living in a Colonial State, we have endured so much. I thank Simon for his resilience and thank our Ancestors for teaching him how to navigate our Ancient trails. If Simon had not protected his children, I may not have been alive today to tell this story. I thank Northwest Coast Indigenous Artists that revived our Ancient Art form and paved the way for future generations. To me, the Son of the Frog Chief is a survivor, a fighter, and a hero."

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Watch Seaspiracy

Artist: Jessica McCallum-Miller
Dimensions: 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 
Medium: Yellow Cedar Bentwood box, Acrylic paint, Recycled fishing net, recycled fishhook, abalone.
Price: $350 (will also trade for traditional foods of equal value)

Jessica McCallum-Miller - Bentwood Box2

"This small bentwood box represents the great challenge humanity and all life on Earth faces, as mass Industrial Fishing in the Ocean threatens our existence. "Watch Seaspiracy" prompts you to view the controversial documentary "Seaspiracy" and to form your own thoughts about the World's fishing Industry practises. On the West Coast, we as Indigenous Peoples depend on Seafood as a traditional food source and have sustainably fished and harvested from the water for thousands of years. This food is sacred and meant to feed our families. The World's largest Fishing Industries use this sacred resource to feed greed, as millions upon millions of fish, dolphins, whales and other sea life are recklessly and unsustainably caught in giant nets. The Netting is often left behind and drifts, catching more marine life in its wake. This Netting represents nearly 50% of the plastic drifting in the Ocean. This poses a direct threat to all life on Earth as the delicate balance of life is overturned while ocean life dwindles.

If you are reading this, please do consider researching the film "Seaspiracy" and adopting sustainable food harvesting practices rather than supporting corrupt Industries. The survival of all life on our Planet, depends on what we do now to sustain it. No amount of profit is worth the loss of the biodiversity of our Oceans. "Only when the last fish is caught, will man learn that he cannot eat money" In this box I have written a message to remind humanity that we still have time and that beyond us-- life will continue."

Kiri Green bio

Kiri Green

Kiri is from Tlingit, Northern Southern Tutchone and Tsimshian ancestry. Her Clans are Wolf, Eagle, and Killer Whale. She is inspired to learn more about her Indigenous identity through mediums including silver jewelry carving, pow wow dancing wood carving, bead work and film.

Having grown up outside her culture and traditions her art is unique and inspiring blend of the experiences of her life and exploration of her Tlingit art, West coast and Cree ceremony and her upbringing in a blended family.

Kiri's work is an exploration of combining bead work, regalia making and painting with acrylic using traditional colours: red and black. By combining regalia elements within a contemporary painting, she is paying homage to Indigenous women in the traditional role of regalia making.

Recently Kiri has produced a short film with Christopher Logan and Ken Shapkin, called” Kiri and the girl” an allegory fairy tale of her life,  her film company is called moon children films, they plan on entering into the top 25 film festivals in North America and Europe in 2021.

Kiri draws inspiration from Robert Davidson, Dempsey Bob, Frida Kahlo and Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen, but most of her inspirations come from her dreams, travel and reconnecting with Nature. Kiri’s work is bold yet feminine and ethereal she wants her viewers to see the beauty of her culture of storytelling and witness the evolution of west coast formline.

Kiri Green - Circle Raven

Raven Steals the Moon

Artist: Kiri Green
Dimensions: 15" x 15"
Medium: Yellow cedar, Czech tri cut beads, Abalone, Acrylic paint
Price: $600

Kiri Green - Circle Raven Close Up

"Raven steals the Sun is a Birth Families story and one I have studied and performed at Talking stick Festival and it is my Pow wow Regalia. I am inspired by Ravens creative and cleaver ways of bringing the light for the world and restores balance. The beaded moon is inspired from my Pow wow regalia which is entirely beaded, I wanted the moon to catch the light and sparkle like it does in life and guide you "

Kiri Green - Bentwood Box

Transformation, Bentwood box

Artist: Kiri Green
Dimensions: 3.5" x 3.5" x 5.5"
Medium: Acrylic, Turquoise, Swarovski crystal, Tiger eye, Goldstone beads
Price: $400

Kiri Green - Bentwood Box Lid
"As we grow older, gain knowledge and life experiences we eventually go through a change in life where we transform into the spirit and person we were always meant to be. My Bentwood box has a beaded butterfly that was inspired by the pow wow regalia I make and like a caterpillar who makes a cocoon when we go through a spiritual transformation we go into a protective shell and break down and rebuild ourselves into the spirit we were meant to be. The Turquoise in first nation’s culture represents healing and protective powers. The Goldstone however not found in nature represents; change, transformation and strength. Tigers eye beads represent the final stages of your transformation and have protective energy and bring you confidence and courage to take action."

Satsi Naziel bio

Satsi Naziel

Satsi Naziel was born a two-spirited person in Smithers, British Columbia. They were raised part time in Lheildi T'enneh territory in Prince George and on their traditional Wet'suwet'en Nation's Territory.

They are part Wet'suwet'en on their father's side and part Chilean and Mapuche on their mother's side. Because the Wet'suwet'en are a matrilineal nation, they have been adopted into their mother clan the Gilseh'yu, known as Big Frog Clan. They are part of Unist'oten, also known as Dark House.

Satsi Naziel - Haisla Bentwood Box Design

Mid 19th Century Rendition
Haisla Bentwood Box Design 

Artist: Satsi Naziel
Dimensions: 18" x 24" x 1"
Medium: Yellow cedar, Czech tri cut beads, Abalone, Acrylic paint
Price: NFS

Tanya Gregoire bio

Tanya Gregoire

Tanya Gregoire’s ancestors are Tahltan, Tlingit, French-Canadian and Japanese. She is a member of the Ch’iyone Clan from the Tahltan Nation stemming matrilineally from her grandmother Rachel Joseph (nee Carlick).

Her philosophy as an artist is to create meaning through art, while at the same time, trying to show the importance of caring for Mother Earth. While attending Freda Diesing’s School of Northwest Coast Art, she hopes to continuously move forward by integrating formline design with Indigenous practices that are inherently sustainable.

Tanya Gregoire - Tlingit Box Rendition 1” Painting

Tlingit Box Rendition 1 

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 14” x 17.2”
Medium: Organic cotton canvas, fabric paint, cotton bias tape, naturally dyed embroidery thread, Japanese seersucker fabric
Price: $125

"This painting is a one-sided rendition of a Tlingit Bentwood Box design shown in the book “The Transforming Image” by Mclennan and Duffek. In the book, it shares that the bentwood box has been dated back to the nineteenth century and made from red cedar with paint. The artist chose this rendition, in the hopes to connect with and honour her Tlingit ancestors."

Tanya Gregoire - Tlingit Box Rendition 2” Painting

Tlingit Box Rendition 2

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 14” x 17.2”
Medium: Organic cotton canvas, fabric paint, cotton bias tape, naturally dyed embroidery thread, Japanese seersucker fabric
Price: $125

"This painting is a one-sided rendition of a Tlingit Bentwood Box design shown in the book “The Transforming Image” by Mclennan and Duffek. In the book, it shares that the bentwood box has been dated back to the nineteenth century and made from red cedar with paint. The artist chose this rendition, in the hopes to connect with and honour her Tlingit ancestors."

Tanya Gregoire - Creatures of Connection

Creatures of Connection

Artist: Tanya Gregoire
Dimensions: 12” x 13
Medium: Organic cotton canvas, cedar, seed beads, fabric paint, naturally dyed embroidery thread, cotton bias tape, Japanese seersucker fabric
Price: $150

"Inspired by a documentary titled “Creatures of Convenience” produced by Momme Halbe and written and starring Stuart Gilles, this painting hopes to draw attention to our relationships with nature, land, animals and each other. The artist aspires to incrementally add to this design as she continues to put in to action and reflect on the belief that we are inherently creatures of connection."

Toby Cote bio

Toby Cote

Saskatoon, SK

Ghosts of the past pay tribute and support me in my art.  Ghost towns, once bustling with family and social traditions are empty with only relics and artifacts left behind. Remnants of what once was, is sometimes only seen in rare, aged photographs. 

In an attempt to documents the past, my aim is to create a tribute to those who came before, to commemorate their lives about who they were and what they built.

Toby Cote - Bentwood Box Rendition

Bentwood Box Rendition
Edenshaw’s Raven As A Culture Hero

Artist: Toby Cote 
Dimensions: 20-1/2” x 16-1/4”
Medium:  Acrylic on Birch, oiled, custom framed
Price: $300 + $125 frame = $425

"This reproduction painting of a Bentwood Box abstract design was originally conceived by master carver Charles Edenshaw when he created ‘Raven As A Culture Hero’.

The design was originally conceived as a box with curved edges at the top.  It was designed to be a dish to store things or carry water in.  Another artist, Richard Sumner, recreated the box in its entirety as a tribute to Bill Reid.  This box carried the ashes of Bill Reid to the island of Tanu in Haida Gwaii, the birthplace of his mother and where she is buried."

Toby Cote - Bentwood Panel Beaver

Spirit Crests 

Artist: Toby Cote 
Dimensions: 6” x 6” x 6” 
Medium: Acrylic on Bentwood Box, Oiled
Price: $300 

Toby Cote - Bentwood Panel Wolf

"Each panel depicts a different crest head with Wolf, Bear, Beaver and Frog.  The Beaver is creative, artistic, determined, and industrious and known as the carpenter of the animal kingdom faces Frog, the creature who lives in water and land, helping shamans in the supernatural realms. While the Wolf with strong supernatural powers, proficient hunters and greatly respected for their cleverness and cunning faces Bear associated with courage, strength, authority and learned humility in the opposite corner."

Toby Cote - Spirit Warrior

Spiritual Warrior

Artist: Toby Cote 
Dimensions: 16” x 20”
Medium: Acrylic on Watercolour paper
Price: $125 unframed, $175 framed 

"Everything that is alive holds a living spirit which is interwoven in the fabric of our reality. Within the spiritual journey, the universe responds to the unleashed spirit of the howling wolf communicating strength, out of love for their community and respect for others. Howling makes a group of wolves feel safe and secure together in the tone, length, and harmony of the howls giving the pack a sense of security, and oneness to show synchronicity.  The ‘lone wolf’ expresses deep freedom and individuality.

Wolves are proficient hunters and have strong supernatural powers and are respected for their cleverness. Howling at the moon symbolizes an expression of inner truth. Spiritual language is revealed in signs, symbols, and divine timing proving that everything in this life happens for a reason."