Museum features First Nation artist

The Nanaimo Museum is featuring the work of Snuneymuxw First Nation artist Noel Brown.

The Nanaimo Museum is featuring the work of Snuneymuxw First Nation artist Noel Brown.

In recognition of National Aboriginal Day, the exhibit runs until Sept. 3 and features several small and large samples of his work.

Brown’s long connection to the museum began in 1995 when he painted the panels in an earlier major Snuneymuxw exhibit, his first professional commission.

He also designed the iconic Circle of Life symbol that is used at the museum.

His art and jewelry are becoming increasingly popular and his work has found both international and local markets including B.C. Ferries Departure Bay terminal, the new cruise ship terminal and the Snuneymuxw First Nation administration building.

Brown comes from a long tradition of artists and carvers on both sides of his family. He pays tribute to his ancestors and his heritage by immortalizing the Coast Salish culture in his art objects, especially from songs and stories told to him by his grandmother and elders.

The Nanaimo Museum is at 100 Museum Way in the Port of Nanaimo Centre.

For more information, please go to www.nanaimomuseum.ca or call 250-753-1821.