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NWCC Freda Diesing School instructor stars in documentary

On Thursday, April 3 at 4:30 pm, renowned BC First Nations artist and Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art instructor Dempsey Bob will be featured in a half hour long documentary on Bravo! TV. The show will be one of 6 episodes in season four of the television series Landscape as Muse, a program which explores the connection between art and the environment. The documentary will show Bob in various work settings including the Northwest Community College (NWCC) Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in Terrace, BC. It will also feature some of the artist's newer works such as The Frog Woman and Raven sculptures, which were commissioned by the Vancouver International Airport and are on display in the new international wing of the airport. "Most people are aware of First Nations carvers and artists in the Lower Mainland but don't know what's happening in northern BC," Bob said. "In addition to showcasing some of the art pieces I'm proud of, this program will help inform others about the incredible work taking place in the north and shine a little light on talented, upcoming artists here." Bob, who has been carving and teaching for over 30 years, is one of the foremost Tahltan/Tlingit artists of his generation. His works are featured in museums and galleries throughout the world. A friend and student of acclaimed Haida artist Freda Diesing, Bob worked as a senior advisor to establish the NWCC Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art in February 2006. He continues to help develop the School and co-instructs two of the NWCC First Nations Northwest Coast Art courses. "Our (TV) series aims to provide a very comprehensive view of Canadian visual art from painting to photography to sculpture. You can't really discuss Aboriginal art in Canada without the northwest Coast tradition and no discussion of that tradition is complete without Dempsey Bob," explains Landscape as Muse Producer and Director Ian Toews. "The tone of Dempsey's work, his sculptures and carvings and the process he goes through with each piece, exhibit his lands delicate, symbiotic contradictions." Toews, of 291 Film Company, has produced all four seasons and 45 episodes of Landscape as Muse. The director has been making films and videos focused primarily on nature and its ruin since 1996, and has won several awards for his work. "One of Northwest Community College's goals is to ensure the continuation of First Nations art and expand awareness of their rich cultures and traditions," explains NWCC President Stephanie Forsyth. "Dempsey Bob is an inspirational mentor and teacher. He has remarkable talent and like Freda, generously contributes time and teachings to a younger generation of artists. I can only hope Dempsey will be one of many First Nations artists in northern BC who receive the acknowledgment they deserve."

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