Exhibition – Redefining


Redefining is an upcoming exhibition hosted and organized by the Burnaby Arts Council that will be presented at the Deer Lake Gallery. Redefining is by the Coast Salish artist, Kelly Cannell from the Musqueam Nation in British Columbia. The exhibition will open Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6 to 9:30 pm and will run until August 10, 2019.

Kelly was shown Coast Salish Art and culture from birth; she lives it every day among her community and with her family, including her two children. As far back as Kelly can remember is when she began to explore her calling in artistry. Her talents continue to grow in part from Kelly’s passion for travel, which brings her to countries around the world. Experiencing these places with the help of locals and their own unique culture have helped intensify her connections to the natural world. Kelly uses these experiences and connections as the foundation for all of her work.

The natural environment is one of her most treasured sources of inspiration; it is of upmost importance for Kelly Cannell to integrate all of Mother Earth’s creations within her work. In each and every piece, a story is told or a message is passed down; sometimes personal, sometimes apparent, though keeping true to Coast Salish traditions. The passion of her work embraces the ever-changing and ever-evolving contemporary Coast Salish art form. As a Coast Salish woman rising up with such a rich and knowledgeable culture Kelly has been empowered to share and hopefully inspire others to respect our surroundings and more importantly each other.

Kelly Cannell views every year as a chance to remix all of her newly collected understandings and apply them to her designs. She enthusiastically focuses towards bringing her new perspective to everyone she connects with through her work.

In her pursuit for exploring mediums, she’s followed her passion for glass to the renowned Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington, and The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. Kelly also continued to study part-time at Emily Carr University, most recently silk screen printing and acrylic painting.

Kelly is amassing public works throughout Vancouver including: Storm Sewer covers (with mother Susan Point), and sites at Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC), Vancouver Community College, Musqueam Community Centre, West Broadway, Westbank Towers @ Granville & 70th and a Canada 150 Light Box Mural @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Please join us for the opening of Redefining on Friday, July 5, 2019 from 6 to 9:30 pm!