Fulmer Award in BC First Nations Art names five annual winners, plans Roundhouse exhibit in November

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      Two local talents have been named as recipients of the Fulmer Award in BC First Nations Art: North Vancouver Neskonlith artist Doreen Manuel and Vancouver-based Coast Salish/Penelakut artist Maynard Johnny Jr.

      Johnny Jr. works mostly in graphic painting, wood, glass, large metal sculptures, and precious metals; he's known for his designs on drums and paddles, and one of his most high profile jobs was creating the design on a cedar box for the 2009 Juno Music Awards. Meanwhile, Manuel works with intricate traditional beading.

      The other three winners are Victoria's Gus Cook (Namgis, Kwakwaka’wakw); Prince Rupert's Henry Green (Tsm'syen); and Hazelton's Michelle Stoney (Gitxsan).

      The award is given out each year by the BC Achievement Foundation. The recipients will are recognized for their artistic excellence in traditional, contemporary, or media art.

      Vancouverites will get a chance to see work by all the winners at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre from November 18 until

      The winners of the 13th annual prize were chosen by a jury that included past recipient and Tsimshian artist Philip Gray; Mamalilikulla and Kwakwaka’wakw artist Lou-ann Neel; and  Emily Carr University of Art and Design Aboriginal program manager and Nuu-chah-nulth/Gitxsan/Kwakwaka'wakw artist Connie Watts.