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 10:30am to 5pm
closed Tuesdays & Thursdays
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Tim was born in Alert Bay, British Columbia in 1967 and moved to the village of Fort Rupert in 1985. His family tree includes the bands of Kwaguilth (Fort Rupert), Namgis (Alert Bay), Mumtagila (Etsekin), Mamalelegala (Village Island) and Tlowitsis (Turnor Island).
In 1989, at a memorial potlatch for his brother, his mother’s family placed him in the family’s chief position at the Bighouse in Alert Bay where he received the name “Mus-cum-tsi”, which symbolized the four clans of the Kwakwaka’wakw nation.
Tim First started carving in the world-renowned Kwakiutl style at the age of 20 and was highly inspired and influenced by the work of well-known artists such as Stan Hunt, Wayne Alfred, Beau Dick and Calvin Hunt. As a young artist he was able to learn techniques for making bentwood boxes, planks from cedar logs, mask carving, paddles, model canoes and the making of dance regalia for traditional use in the bighouse.
Some of his other projects include two drums and twenty paddles he made for t he Fort Rupert elementary school in 1998. He has also done charity work for memorial trophies and made donations to various fund raising events in his community, including the auction to benefit the reconstruction of the Alert Bay Bighouse. His work sells in many galleries including sales to museums in Alert Bay and Victoria.