Come visit our beautiful Cedar gallery on the Pacific Rim highway heading out of Port Alberni towards Tofino (hwy 4) on Vancouver Island. Ahtsik Native Art Gallery opened December 13th 2008. I am, Gordon Dick, the Artist and Owner of Ahtsik Native Art Gallery. I carved the Kingfisher design of the front entrance as well as the Eagle and Wolf posts that represent my Grandparents. You are welcome to come and see me create original Northwest Coast Art inside the gallery. In warmer months, you can come and see larger Wood projects being carved just outside the gallery, such as a totem pole. I sell many other local First Nations Artists’ Canadian Indian Art work from World Renowned to up and coming. Commissions are accepted.
7133A Pacific Rim Highway
Port Alberni, B.C.
open everyday until Dec 24th
10:30 to 5pm
Dec 24th 10:30 to 3
Open 10:30am - 5pm Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun & Mon
Closed Tues and Wed
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Gary was born into the Eagle clan of Masset, Queen Charlotte Islands, in 1958. He is the fifth child of nine born to Harold Minaker and Elanor Russ. Taught to carve at age 14 by his brother, Ed, and sister-in-law, Fay, Gary apprenticed under them for a number of years while learning the stories, forms and tools that are essential to his craft. While working as a logger and fisherman, Gary continued his studies while refining his skill with chisels until 1980, when he devoted himself fully to his art.
Taking his inspiration from such past masters as Charles Edenshaw and Issac Chapman, Gary, though a contemporary First Nations artist, carves traditionally in both form and content: leaving his work unpolished in the traditional way, with a tool-finished grey/black matte surface. Each carving is an original in design and is reflective of both Gary’s spiritual and cultural heritage, while showing a clear understanding of three dimensional sculptures that Haida artisans are renowned for.