Posted on Nov 23, 2023 in Events

All three Sovereign Waterways artworks installed, Calvin Charlie-Dawson’s salmon and roe, Jonas Jones spinning blue orcas, and Chase Gray’s Salish wooly dogs.

Other Sights and the Blue Cabin invite you to celebrate Sovereign Waterways, a project that centres the values, relations and visions of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) communities. Each of the three large-scale artworks installed on the Blue Cabin and Residency Deckhouse originated from a sketch and/or digital design by Chase Gray, Jonas Jones and Calvin Charlie-Dawson.

As a way of celebrating the origins of each work, Other Sights, in partnership with the artists, have created a 2023 limited-edition print series. Each digital artwork has been printed in an edition of five using archival ink on 20 x 24″ premium rag paper. These stunning prints are available for purchase online. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE

Eagle Designs on the Blue Cabin by Chase Gray, Blue Orcas in spindle whorl by Jonas Jones.

Spindle whorl print by Chase Gray.

Chase Gray is a queer xʷməθkʷəy̓əm and Tsimshian artist and father, living and working in Musqueam. Born in Nanaimo, Gray moved to the mainland in early childhood. Chase is Musqueam and Tsimshian on his mother’s side and settler European of unknown descent on his father’s side. Recent projects include: street banner designs for Davie Street Banners; painted mural designs for the Vancouver Mural Festival and the Chilliwack Mural Festival; Breathe, an augmented reality mural in downtown Vancouver, and a warm-up Jersey design for the Vancouver Canucks. 

Calvin Charlie Dawson/Ts’kanchtn is a young indigenous artist from North Vancouver, BC. As a descendant of the Squamish and Kwakwaka’wakw nations as well as the Sto:lo nation, he works mainly in the Salish style and occasionally in Northwest coast/Kwakwaka’wakw traditions, drawing inspiration from mentors such as Jason Taylor, Andy Everson, Beau Dick, and William Wasden. On his Salish side, he is inspired by Stan Greene and Victor Harry and is an apprentice in carving and canoe building under master carver Ray Natraoro. 

Jonas Jones/TsuKwalton comes from the village of Átsnach (Tsleil-Waututh) with strong bloodlines running from Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) as well. He is grateful for teachers such as Ses Siyam (Ray Natraoro), who continues to provide essential guidance and insight on Coast Salish laws of art. A system that is passed down from master carver to apprentice. He is honoured to be practicing this craft, as this foundation of art and way of life has been running through his blood for thousands of years. For Jonas, “To live and breathe a little piece of the old people our swa7am (ancestors) is truly a beautiful thing.” 

Artwork by Jonas Jones.