Prince Rupert’s O’Brien honoured for First Nations Art

A Prince Rupert artist has been honoured by the BC Achievement Foundation with a 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award.

A Prince Rupert artist has been honoured by the BC Achievement Foundation with a 2014 BC Creative Achievement Award for First Nations Art.

Meghann O’Brien was one of five winners announced by the foundation on Nov. 24 for her textile and robe creations.

“Meghann’s robes and baskets are intricate and labour intensive and reflect her commitment to working with materials from the earth: bark, roots, wool and sinew. Meghann has worked with master weavers such as Tsmishian artist William White and Haida artist Sherri Dick,” explained the foundation in announcing the award.

The awards were selected by jury members: renowned artist Robert Davidson, international photo-based artist Roy Arden, contemporary visual art curator Tania Willard, MOA’s curator emeritus Bill McLennan, and Kathleen Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery (non-voting chair) and will be presented at a gala event in Vancouver on Nov. 28.

“The Foundation is honoured to recognize these artists,” said BC Achievement Foundation Chair Keith Mitchell.

“They join 37 First Nations’ artists that the Foundation has had the privilege of recognizing over the past seven years.

Another North Coast artist, Ben Davidson of Skidegate, was also honour.