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Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal Exhibit

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Thu, 09/24/2015 - 11:58am

Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal plan the floor layout of their next year’s October 2016 exhibit at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C.

A year after the initial idea of an exhibit featuring traditional and contemporary Northwest Coast regalia and clothing with Sho Sho Esquiro and Clarissa Rizal, we finally met up at the house of Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis to review the basics of the exhibit!

The exhibit opens at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., Canada next year in October and will run for approximately 5 months.  We will be featuring a total of 20 to 30 individual ensembles of which during opening night only will be modeled with the accompaniment of traditional songs set to Preston Singletary’s latest jazz funk band called “Ku’eex.”  Directly after opening night, the ensembles will be placed on their respective mannequins.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of our exhibit!

Curator Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Contemporary clothing designer Sho Sho Esquiro, and Ceremonial regalia-maker, Clarissa Rizal


Categories: Arts & Culture

Northwest Coast Weavers’ Studio

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Wed, 09/23/2015 - 2:16pm

One of several carved pieces by Lyonel Grant for the Evergreen Longhouse Weavers’ Studio, Olympia, WA

I flew to Seattle for a number of reasons:  alternative doctor diagnosis and treatment, work with Sue on a button robe, meet up with my niece and fellow artist to discuss our exhibit next year, and check out the Maori/Coast Salish carvings for the planned “Weavers’ Studio” at the Evergreen Longhouse campus in Olympia, Washington.

Maori carving by New Zealand’s number one Maori carver, Lyonel Grant

These carvings were designed and created by the top New Zealand Maori carver, Lyonel Grant.  You may check out his website at:

Collaborative piece carved by Maori carver Lyonel Grant and Coast Salish carver Peter Boome

Detail carving of Coast Salish artist Peter Boome and Maori artist Lyonel Grant

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