Over 50 artists, including some of Canada’s most celebrated and many of whom are First Nations – joined Raincoast in an art expedition to the Great Bear Rainforest. Using the language of paintbrushes and carving tools to give a voice to our priceless coast, the artists want to bring international attention to this magnificent region and convey the message that this is no place for oil tankers.

NOTE:  These same art pieces are also shown under the Gallery subsections of “Paintings,” “Sculpture,” and “Prints and Reproductions” respectively.

A large wooden salmon carving showing flowing wood grain.

Guy Belair, contributors

Guy Belair started creating his Wooden Salmon carvings in 2013 for the Canada’s Handyman Challenge. The idea struck while driving along the Sunshine Coast in BC. Guy grew up in Quebec, but moved to Vancouver in 1986 after falling in love with the natural beauty of the west coast. Since moving to Vancouver, he has…
Cheryl Samuel stands smiling in a wooden building.

Cheryl Samuel, contributor

Cheryl was born in Hawaii, and she initially pursued a career in science with an interest in fibre art and weaving. She has been largely responsible for the revitalization of the ancient ceremonial art of Ravenstail and Chilkat weaving in Alaska, British Columbia, and Haida Gwaii. She is author of The Chilkat Dancing Blanket and…