Fazakas Gallery will present Solo exhibition by Rande Cook, multimedia artist.

Rande Cook is a multimedia artist born in culture-rich Alert Bay. Surrounded by the beauty of the land and art, he found his passion for artistic creativity at an early age as he studied traditional jewelry and carving techniques under several master craftsmen including carver John Livingston (1951-2019).

While growing up, Cook observed and discussed the traditional art forms of his Kwakwaka’wakw forefathers with his grandfather, Gus Matilpi. With the strong teachings from his grandparents about culture and the sacred ceremonies of Potlatch, Cook became an accomplished singer and dancer and learned the values of life and culture that prepared him to be a strong leader. He carries two chieftainships: the Hamatam/Seagull, and the Gigalgam, both from the ancient ancestor Kwanusila/Thunderbird. This story can be seen on the 27-foot totem pole he was commissioned to carve for the Museum Volkenkunde in the Netherlands in 2012.