Powder Coated Aluminum works on Telosky Fieldhouse; Vinyl with Laminate on Utility Kiosk Box
Various Sizes ranging from 4’7” x 17’3” to 3’8” x 6’8”
Maple Ridge Public Art Collection
Completed in April 2020 with a virtual opening happening October 1, the artwork by Phyllis Atkins from Kwantlen First Nation illustrates a bear’s feast and references the animals, fish and river which are important to Indigenous communities. The artist explains:
“My artwork depicts a bear’s feast, eating wild strawberries and yet to catch his salmon – both are important for his survival. Like the bears, we as Indigenous people depend on our connection to the land and water for gathering and harvesting our traditional foods to sustain our families and community throughout the year. It’s also an important cultural practice that we “set the table” and a feast is shared before all ceremonies or important work is undertaken.” - Phyllis Atkins
About the Artist q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ’s traditional name means that “I wear the clouds like a blanket”. She is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation.
Phyllis was taught how to paint by Barbara Boldt at the Barbara Boldt Original Art Studio and studied with her for many years until she opened her own studio in 2012. In 2001, she had the wonderful opportunity to learn the art of hand engraving jewelry from the late Master carver Derek Wilson from Haisla, BC.
q̓ʷɑt̓ic̓ɑ is influenced by the deep connection to her ancestors, the community, and her family, but most of all she is inspired by her husband Drew Atkins. With her husband, she co-owns and operates k’wy’i’y’e Spring Salmon Studio & Gallery on Kwantlen land in Fort Langley.