Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
All subscribers to our free monthly gallery newsletters will be alerted on new articles, videos and artwork arrivals at the gallery. In addition, you will get access to our free highly acclaimed ebooks on Inuit art and Northwest Native Aboriginal art.
In the meantime, you can see back issues in our gallery newsletter archives.
Monday, December 24, 2007
Our main English language website still has the most extensive collection of Native American art information articles and videos and there are links from each of our website versions to each other.
Sunday, December 23, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Da wir ausschließlich eine Online-Galerie sind, können Sie unglaubliche 20 bis 50 Prozent der typischen Einzelhandelspreise dieser echten Kunst sparen. Besuchen Sie unsere Galerie, um zu sehen, was zur Zeit erhältlich ist.
See our German language website
Friday, December 21, 2007
Of course, being both a huge fan of Northwest Native art, especially their killer whales, and a scuba diver, I always appreciate a good whale movie!
Our Japanese language webpages will be the last section to update. We will be taking the last week of December to complete this task. After New Year, the entire Free Spirit Gallery website will be moved over to the new design.
If you have German and Japanese speaking friends, please refer them to our foreign language webpages;
Native Art in German
Native Art in Japanese
Thursday, December 20, 2007
We will probably not get anymore art prints anytime soon either but in the meantime, enjoy the video clip we have of Northwest Native American Indian art.
We do have some prints left in our Inuit Eskimo art prints section.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Of course now that he's gone, his pieces will be up in demand. I had checked my contacts and nobody had anymore left by Enook which was not surprising. Any Enook Manomie pieces which are left out there will be at some of the street retail galleries where they will certainly be pricing them at top dollars.
We hope that some of Enook's apprentices or past carving students will take up the void that's been left, especially with the dancing bears Inuit sculptures. We currently have a few dancing bears in our Inuit polar bear sculptures section.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Just do your order online or call us and we will schedule you for quick delivery. To see what is currently available, see our online art gallery.
Monday, December 17, 2007
So for our readers overseas, it's great to have you onboard. Keep in mind that Free Spirit Gallery has quite a few happy and satisfied customers over in England and Scotland. Shipping artwork there has never been a problem either.
So we welcome all overseas readers interested in Native art to subscribe to our free monthly newsletter in order to get access to our free ebooks. Just subscribe at the box on the top right of this blog.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
So for fish lovers and outdoor fishing sports enthusiasts, for a very unique representation of salmon, take a look at these wonderful Canadian Aboriginal art fish carvings. They are the last few we have in stock and all are one of a kind pieces.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Thinking of bring part of the real marine world into your home or somebody else's home by buying a saltwater tropical fish aquarium for Christmas? Well, that would be nice but you better get the right knowledge in order to ensure the health of the new precious tropical fish. Here is an excellent resource for Saltwater Tropical Fish Aquariums.
This scenario is almost like that of buying somebody a puppy for Christmas. You want to get the proper knowledge first since anytime you introduce a live animal to a household, there are certain responsibilities required. So if thinking about tropical fish, do the right thing by getting the facts first at Saltwater Tropical Fish Aquariums.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
"My salmon woodcarving arrived today. It's just beautiful. It was even nicer than I expected. This piece will be given to a dear friend who is a collector of Northwest Indian art. I know that she will appreciate it even more than I. Please let artist Gary Baker know how much his beautiful creation means to us. And thank you for your great service and excellent communication."
If Indian art or Eskimo art is on your Christmas shopping list, go to our online native art gallery. Depending on where you are located, it is still possible to get artwork shipped to you in time for Christmas.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Paul had to take a nightshift job this year as a security guard which resulted in a very long delay in getting new artwork from him.
We have been waiting since February and it took him this long to finally finish the carvings he promised us. Well, I finally got them in just two weeks ago but there was a scare. FedEx claimed that they delivered the package and left it on my porch when I stepped out for a few hours. When I returned, there was no box.
I thought that somebody stole the shipment but 24 hours later, the large box was sitting at my front door. FedEx had misdirected the shipment on delivery day. What a relief especially when all of the carvings arrived undamaged.
Paul is the only carver I know who is specializing in bird carvings with their wings majestically spread out. His new carvings can now be admired at the following sections of our gallery;
Native American Art Eagles & Other Birds
If you are interested in acquiring one of Paul's beautiful pieces, better hurry and secure your choice NOW because the last time I had any of his spread wing carvings was last year and they sold out very quickly. Due to his work schedule, I probably won't be getting anymore for quite some time.
Paul's bear carvings and a rare beaver carving was quickly sold so it definitely pays to be on this newsletter list in order to be among the first to know about
Here are the new videos online for this month which feature some Native longhouses from the Museum of Civilization;
Northwest Native American Indian House
Northwest Native American Longhouse and Totem Pole
New articles with still images include one on large Northwest Native wall murals and one on Woodland Native art;
Northwest Native American Art Wall Murals
Woodland Native Art
Finally, if you are shopping for the holiday season, I would urge you to do it NOW in order to take delivery time into account. Don't be disappointed with late deliveries. If artwork is not in the budget, there are always new 2008 calendars that make nice gifts;
Native American Art and Related 2008 Calendars
Inuit Art and Arctic Related 2008 Calendars
Newsletters for early 2008 should feature video and articles from the Canadian Aboriginal Festival, the largest of its kind in Canada so stay tuned.
I wish you and your family a safe, wonderful holiday season,
Free Spirit Gallery - Exquisite Inuit Eskimo Art & Northwest Native Art
Saturday, December 08, 2007
I sent Cody some images of this marbled murrelet bird and he said that he should be able to come up with a really nice Northwest Native Aboriginal design for it. We can't wait to see the final result.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Thursday, December 06, 2007
The following is the announcement on CBC News;
Norval Morrisseau, one of Canada's foremost aboriginal artists and the founder of an entire art movement, has died.
The Ojibwa shaman and self-taught artist who grew up in northwestern Ontario passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning in Toronto General Hospital after years of suffering from advanced Parkinson's disease. He was 75.
Known as one of the greatest painters ”native or otherwise” that Canada has ever produced, Morrisseau painted for more than 50 years and gained an international reputation as one of Canada's most original master artists.
In 1989, he had the distinction of being the lone Canadian painter invited to Paris's Museum of Modern Art for the "Magicians of the Earth" exhibition. The French dubbed him the "Picasso of the North."
A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art since 1970, Morrisseau was known for taking traditional icons that had been expressed in his native culture in rock art and birch bark scrolls, then translating those images into the Western media of easel painting and printmaking.
He became celebrated as the founder of what became commonly called the Woodland style, or school of painting, giving way to a revitalization of Anishnabe iconography. His works, filled with striking colour, inspired generations of Canadian and American native artists as well as imitators, spawning an entire industry of fake reproductions.
In 1978, Morrisseau became a member of the Order of Canada. He also received honorary doctorates from Montreal's McGill University and McMaster University in Hamilton. The Assembly of First Nations presented him with its highest honour in 1995, a presentation of an eagle feather.
In his final months battling Parkinson's disease, the artist was confined to a wheelchair in a residence in Nanaimo, B.C. He was unable to paint due to his poor health.
"Norval Morrisseau's courageous and often controversial approach to his work was instrumental in encouraging First Nations people to know their spirituality, history and culture in order to better understand themselves," Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said Tuesday in a statement.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I got there for the Grand Entry of the native dance contestants and it was certainly a great spectacle to witness, much like the entry of athletes at Olympic games. It was great to see so much representation of different age groups and native bands from across North America.
Lots of video footage and photos were take so this will keep me busy. There will definitely be lots of new video clips and info articles to be added at our Native art website over the next few months. So stay tuned for announcements of additions to the website. The best way is to subscribe to our free monthly newsletter at the top right of this blog page.
I was very impressed with the dancers and the powerful drum music which accompanied each dance performance. I was less impressed with the quality and range of native artwork though. Most were bead work, dream catchers, low range jewelry and t-shirts on sale. The only Northwest Native representation was a single booth offering blankets. No Northwest Native artwork was present. There was one Inuit art booth with only a minimal number of small carvings available.
The traditional food was okay. I had a salad venison stew combo which was delicious. I also tried the buffalo burger but found the deep fried buns to be much too oily for my taste. At $7 per burger, the price was a bit steep too. This was the same price for the stew.
They had fashion shows there too but they were more contemporary and most of the action was still at the main dance areas. There were many other booths representing native groups and related businesses but I think these were of little interest to most attendees.
The Rogers Centre Skydome was a good indoor location for the event but given the relatively sparse attendance especially of non-natives, it might have been too large a venue as I would estimate that only 10 percent of stadium seats at most were ever occupied at any one time.
Would I go again? Sure, for the $10 ticket entry, the native dance and music performaces were certainly worth it.
Artwork at the event was disappointing but lots of great quality Native Aboriginal art is available at our gallery.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Friday, November 30, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
This is proof that it is beneficial to be on our monthly newsletter mailing list as not only do we send out our informative newsletter each month, but if there are new arrivals of artwork as in the case of Paul Joseph's shipment, you will be among the first to be alerted. Since these pieces are original one of a kind artwork, usually the first people who know about them will be the lucky purchasers. You don't want to miss out on any great collecting opportunities for both Northwest Native Indian art and Inuit art like with the case of this beaver carving so do make sure that you are on our list by signing up at the top right of this blog. Of course, you will also get access to our free native art ebooks too.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Then when I got home, I checked the FedEx website and they indicated that my package was delivered while I was gone. Well, there was no box on my porch. So I had thought that somebody actually stole it soon after FedEx dropped it off. My heart just sank as Free Spirit Gallery has been waiting for these carvings from Paul ever since February (another story about that soon). I called FedEx and they claimed that the package was delivered but will investigate further.
The next day, I had another noon hour appointment. There was no callback from FedEx yet so I was prepared to deal with the loss. When I came back from my appointment, there was a large box waiting for me on my porch. Some relief but not completely yet since Paul Joseph's carvings tend to be on the fragile side.
I opened the package and unpacked all the Northwest Native American art carvings and it turned out that all were accounted for and undamaged. Now I was completely relieved! I hope to start getting a few of these beautiful Native carvings on the gallery website by the weekend.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
to mention that we are now heading into the busiest shopping season
of the year and if you are shopping for gifts, NOW is the time to
do it while there is still a nice stock selection. But even more
important is the DELIVERY TIME required as you want to secure items
well ahead of the mad rush in December.
AVOID disappointment with possible late shipping by shopping for
any artwork NOW. You can start browsing at our Native art gallery.
One of the master carvers we work with, Cody Mathias, just
completed a custom designed piece for one of our customers and it
is a stunning bald eagle holding a salmon. See it at custom Northwestern Native art.
Here are the new videos online for this month which feature more
treasures from the Museum of Civilization;
Animal Totem Pole
Haida Argillite Aboriginal Carvings
Northwest Native Museum Artifacts
Norval Morrisseau Artwork
New articles with still images include one on native longhouses and
one on the Vancouver Canucks logo which you can decide if it was
native inspired or not;
Northwest Native Longhouses
NHL Hockey Team Vancouver Canucks Logo (Native inspired?)
Navajo jewelry gemstones
I will be attending the Canadian Aboriginal Festival at the end of
this month in Toronto and plan to get lots of video footage as well
as photos. So you can bet that there will be more videos and
articles for the months to come.
Until next month and don't forget to do your shopping now before
the mad holiday rush,
Free Spirit Gallery
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
"Thank you very much for delivering the dancing bear sculpture. It is so beautiful! I have a feeling that you will be receiving more orders in the future."
See more Inuit art gallery testimonials.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Of course, we have many other color stone Inuit carvings at our online art gallery.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
For more information on this interesting style of music, see Inuit Throat Singing.
Thursday, November 08, 2007
There are still other nice inukshuk carvings at the gallery but no more in white stone.
Like I said many times, if you have your eyes on a particular Inuit carving, especially if it is rare, then it is highly advisable to order it if the price is right. I can't get duplicates or even promise getting something similar again.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
It is true that Canadian Inuit prefer no to be regarded as Eskimos but their counterparts in Alaska still freely use this term. Also, the official Canadian government Igloo tags still have Eskimo Art printed on them.
The reality is that our Inuit videos and Inuit art articles are aimed at a worldwide audience. Most people worldwide still do not know the term Inuit. Therefore, we use the terms Inuit and Eskimo interchangably when naming some of our videos as well as articles. This way, more people will find our videos and articles.
If we stuck to just the term Inuit, many people out there will never have found our videos and articles. The wonderful culture of the Inuit would perhaps not be exposed to them. So once we have our Inuit information articles and Arctic videos found through the use of the term Eskimo, our website's disclaimer statement at the bottom of our website art gallery home page will educate everyone on the Canadian term Inuit.
This is our firm policy on this issue.
Clint Leung, Free Spirit Gallery
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
an online source where you can actually get one of these team jerseys with the Vancouver Canucks orca killer whale. Or you can simply click on the graphic below for more information.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Subscribters to our free monthly newsletter also get our two very informative ebooks on Native art and Inuit Eskimo art. The October issue is already on our Native art gallery newsletter archives.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Alle Inuitskulpturen und Eskimoschnitzereien sind mit einem Igloo - Anhänger zur Echtheitsbestätigung der kanadischen Regierung versehen.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The German language website can be accessed by going to the main home page of the English website where there is a link to the German pages. The German version of Free Spirit Gallery's website can also be accessed directly at Free Spirit Gallery German website. A German language post announcing this redesign will be on the blog tomorrow.
Friday, October 26, 2007
All the students' report cards will look different because Chugach's model follows the rule that in order to move to the next level, you must master the one that precedes it. A passing grade is at least 80% and every student must learn every subject at every level. When a student is done, they can graduate, whether they are sixteen or twenty-one years old.
"Time was the constant and learning was the variable -- that's the old model," says Roger Sampson, who led Chugach's transformation in the 1990s. "We switched. What's constant is learning. Time is the variable."
At times, the demands can be "pretty upsetting," says Teresa Totemoff, a graduate of Tatitlek Community School, who recalls slacking off for a while and then realizing she had much work to do to graduate. "I remember crying, I don't want to do it no more! But it was my own progress. I was proud of all I got done."
Certainy this is an interesting way to run a school system. Maybe other school systems should investigate this type of method.
See Free Spirit Gallery for northern art.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
First, there was a stunning large sculpture of an Inuit family that I managed to get a 360 degree walk around with. The two large Haida canoes decorated with Northwest Indian art designs featured in last month's still image article are now on video. I was quite intrigued with a giant beaver and of course there is additional footage of the museum's large mask collection. All of these were captured in the following clips.
Large Inuit Family Sculpture
Northwest Indian Masks
Giant Northwest Native Beaver
Haida Canoes with Northwest Indian Artwork
I did a new article showing one of the most interesting totem poles I've seen since it also acts as a ceremonial entrance to a Northwest Native house. This article shows the totem pole with both full views and close ups of the designs.
Animal Totem Pole at Museum of Civilization
A new article on information about Southwest Native Indian Kachina Dolls is at Kachina Doll Facts and it has a link to a Kachina dictionary as well.
I noticed some new 2008 calendars featuring Inuit art, Native Indian art, Native American culture and wildlife are now available. We don't sell them but they can be seen at;
Inuit Art and Arctic Calendars
Native American Culture and Wildlife Calendars
New Inuit carvings have been added in the polar bears, inukshuk and walrus sections - check them out at our Inuit Carvings
Finally, I'm also expecting long awaited new Northwest Native artwork by master carver Paul Joseph to arrive sometime this month. When that happens, I'll make an announcement of their arrival.
Free Spirit Gallery
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
So I just received this wonderful piece from Cody yesterday and it is a stunning bald eagle holding a salmon as specified by the customer. It is a nice sized Native Indian carving measuring 26 inches by 16 inches.
After taking some photos, the carving was immediately shipped out to our customer in Alberta. These projects tend to take some time but the wait will definitely be worth it for our customer. For more information on such special projects, see our Custom Northwest Canadian Native Indian Art. Cody's piece is pictured on page 2 of our custom Native Indian carvings.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
In the meantime, check out the Northwest Native Indian Carvings at Free Spirit Gallery.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Now if anyone else wants a drum dancing walrus, it would be extremely difficult to find another one, including our own gallery! This is the only second time we've ever had such a soapstone carving. Yes we see quite a few walruses and even some dancing walruses but hardly ever any drum dancing walruses. This one that was just sold is a larger version of the one pictured in our Inuit Art Styles article.
This is yet another example of why if you have your eye on a certain piece here at Free Spirit Gallery, you should go ahead and order it before it's gone. Each Inuit soapstone carving is unique and one of a kind. There are no duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is gone.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
"We are deeply saddened that any individual or organization would be so insensitive to Native American spirituality and culture as to traffic in the sale of a sacred and historic artifact," said Siobahn Taylor of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Darryl Pitt, who is selling the piece, recognizes the Grand Ronde's concerns. "While I regret the Grand Ronde has taken offense, the bottom line is that a portion of the meteorite is simply changing hands," he said.
Tomanowas was discovered in 1902 in the Willamette Valley by an Oregon miner who removed it from the land. Today, the small chunk of the meteor will be auctioned at Bonhams Auction House in New York City on October 28. Its pre-sale estimate is between $1,100,000 to $1,300,000.
See Free Spirit Gallery for more culture and Northwest Native American Indian art.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Other pieces can be seen at Inuit Inukshuks
Sunday, October 14, 2007
I was buzzing around the Arctic tundra and then noticed some polar bears sleeping around some stone formations. I woke them up with the noise of my craft and they started to give chase. They couldn't keep up with me but were still quite persistent as they didn't give up. I drove right into a multifloor building where other people were. The polar bears continued to come and somehow entered the building.
The people in the building all ran upstairs to the higher floors. Somehow the polar bears were prevented from going up the stairs for the time being because of some steel fence that came down to block the entrance of the stairway to the second floor - again, this was just a dream.
For some reason I don't remember, I came down and was able to communicate with one of the polar bears, a young male that was equivalent to a human teen. I was the only person who was able to talk to this one polar bear for some reason.
We started talking about all sorts of things and then the subject came to music. He had a hairstyle that was a bit different from the other polar bears and I commented that he looked a bit like the rock star Eddie Van Halen. I showed him an album with Van Halen's photo and he was quite pleased. I happened to have a music player there and played part of a Van Halen song for this polar bear. He was really getting into it.
I knew that the safety of all the people in the building now rested on how successful I got through to this teen polar bear The other polar bears, both older adults and younger cubs were all watching as were the rest of the people still trapped upstairs. Somehow I knew that depending on the friendship I created with this teen polar bear, he was in a position to influence the other polar bears to make peace with the humans.
Unfortunately, this was the moment when I woke up from my dream. So I wasn't able to experience any type of ending to my bizzare dream involving polar bears.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
"How about showcasing their gifts and talents closer to home? Their sacred values and uniqueness make all their treasures invaluable. We have to travel far and wide to appreciate their offerings. Look at the love, creativity and time spent on these beautiful tokens they create. All hand-crafted, beautiful wares made from the Earth. I like the fact that they do not harm my planet in the process of their talents. This is them giving from the hearts, my love, my gifts to you. Cherish these artifacts and creations of love, as I made them myself. Display these in your home and feel the loving powers of the Earth. These energies balance yours. The magic is truly alive in their hearts and their traditions I admire."
For more information on this Donna's book, see www.diallove.ca
Also see Free Spirit Gallery for Native Indian art.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
"I've been buying from the Free Spirit Gallery for several years. The service has always been excellent, as have been the variety and high quality of all the art work. I've always been so very pleased with your items, fast service, and careful packing. It's always a pleasure doing business with you!"
We realize that many people will be hesitant to shop for artwork online so we try to make things as risk free as possible by offering different ordering options, secure packing and return guarantees. Many collectors from all over North America, Europe and Australia have become customers of Free Spirit Gallery and their comments are similar to what Helen Kastner wrote. See some of these comments at Art Gallery Testimonials.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
That will protect his valuable pieces from the cat as well as significantly reduce the need to dust them all the time. He will probably also go for a wall unit that has lighting fixtures to highlight his Inuit soapstone carvings during the evenings. This will be a great showcase for social events at his condo.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
To see some a listing of the new pieces including Inuit art from Cape Dorset that came into the gallery recently, see New Arrivals.
Monday, October 08, 2007
This is going to be a great month for new videos! During my visit to the Museum of Civilization, I took a lot of photos but unfortunately many did not come out very clear so they were not useable.
However, the video footage I took turned out pretty good so starting this month, I will be releasing several new clips featuring both Northwest Native art and Inuit art.
As a complement to last month's article on Bill Reid's Spirit of Haida Gwaii, you can now see this masterpiece on video as I walked around the entire sculpture with my camcorder.
There's also a clip showing a few large masks from the museum that must have been a real chore to move around in. For Inuit art, I captured some wonderful vintage sculptures from the mid 1950s to mid 1960s with both family and hunting themes.
Spirit of Haida Gwaii Sculpture
Northwest Native Indian Masks at Museum of Civilization
Vintage Inuit Art - Family Themes
Vintage Inuit Art - Hunting Themes
For website articles with still images, there's one on masks and one showing artwork on Haida canoes.
Northwest Native Tribal Masks at Museum of Civilization
Art on Native Indian Canoes
Although Free Spirit Gallery doesn't deal with Southwest Indian art, we have identified two good sources of Kachina dolls online. If you happen to be a fan of high end Navajo and Hopi Kachina dolls, see more details at Kachina Dolls page.
Finally, just a shopping suggestion. Many visitors tend to browse at our Northwest Native Indian prints/paintings and masks, our most heavily visited webpages. We don't have a lot of pieces in these categories but one original painting of a grizzly bear was suddenly snapped up by a customer in Germany.
If you ever have your eye on a certain piece, it's highly recommended to order it before someone else does. These are one of a kind pieces with NO other duplicates. Once a piece is sold, it is GONE. If you no longer see a piece at the gallery that was there during your previous visit, it means that it was sold. Avoid disappointment and secure your treasure if you really like a certain piece of artwork here.
Don't forget that I do have a blog that I post to several times per week. Feel free to post your own comments to my posts. Until next month when I release the second batch of videos.
Free Spirit Gallery
Exquisite Inuit Eskimo & Northwest Native Art
Sunday, October 07, 2007
The speech generally went over quite well and I will plan to perform this one at other Mississauga Toastmasters clubs as well over the next several weeks. Toastmasters is a great way to learn public speaking skills in Mississauga and surrounding areas.
You can see examples of Northwest Indian Salmon Carvings at the Free Spirit Gallery site.
Friday, October 05, 2007
This is another example of how many organizations are starting to use Inuit soapstone sculptures as high quality awards. If you are ever involved in events where there are awards, you might want to also consider giving a one of a kind Inuit soapstone sculpture as they will always be treasured awards.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
So in a few days, we will have the September newsletter both at the Free Spirit Gallery website in a special archives section as well as a post on this blog. The October issue already went out but we will send it out again about mid month to new subscribers who just signed on. Then we will add the October issue to our archives when we get the November issue out.
So if you still haven't signed on yet for our free monthly newsletter, do so at the sign up box at the top right of this blog page. This newsletter alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork in both Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
To subscribe to our gallery newsletter which alerts you to new information articles, videos and artwork as well as to get two free informative ebooks, just enter your first name and e-mail address at the right side of this blog. There are also boxes for sign up at our Native Art Gallery website.
Monday, October 01, 2007
By the afternoon, all the modifications to the website will have been completed. So check out Free Spirit Gallery as new Inuit art sculptures have been added over the weekend for polar bears, walruses and inukshuk carvings.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
I will showcase some of these new Inuit art pieces in the next couple of days but to get a look at them now, go to Polar Bear Inuit Art Sculptures.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
“Our elders having been experiencing disturbing changes to our environment,” said Watt-Cloutier. “Permafrost is shrinking, increasing erosion and forcing people to move homes ... glaciers are melting creating torrents in place of streams ... wildlife is dying. The world must pay attention to what's happening to Arctic communities because we are the early warning system for the rest of the planet,” she said.
Bravo to Sheila Watt-Cloutier!
To see some of the Inuit culture, see Arctic art.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
See Free Spirit Gallery Inuit art for some beautiful polar bear sculptures.
Monday, September 24, 2007
However, I will offer a 'grace' period as pricing changes will NOT take place until OCTOBER 1, 2007.
For US and internationally based customers, ordering artwork between NOW and until SEPTEMBER 30 will result in attractive savings. To see how much savings you could lock in, just check out any individual art piece at the gallery and see the difference between the US and Canadian prices.
Since the US prices will be adjusted upwards towards the Canadian prices, the difference currently between them will be the possible savings you could lock in if you order an item by SEPTEMBER 30.
For Canadian customers, we will offer the SAME type of possible savings. All you have to do is order with the US price (or add a note to indicate that you are taking advantage of this exchange rate offer) and we will manually adjust to convert to Canadian funds at par value. Applicable taxes will be added of course.
So to recap, the grace period before prices become adjusted to reflect current exchange rates is now until SEPTEMBER 30, 2007. We will change the prices for all artwork at the gallery website on OCTOBER 1, 2007.
So you may very well want to take advantage of these exchange rate savings, particularly for the higher end pieces. Go to our Inuit art gallery and Native American art gallery to start browsing now.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Now that the gallery is located in Mississauga, Clint continues to be involved with local Toastmasters clubs. One of the clubs that he recommends is Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters which meets twice per month on Saturday mornings. Clint claims that this is the idea club to learn public speaking and communications skills in Mississauga if people are too busy during the work week.
There are many clubs in the area but Comfortably Speaking is the only Saturday Mississauga Toastmasters club (not including another club for advanced level members only). The club is close to Toronto as there are members coming from the Toronto area since Saturday morning is an easy drive.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
However, many Tsimshian consider these artifacts that Dundas collected in 1863 as stolen goods. Tsimshian First Nations art weaver William White argues that the artifacts should be returned to their original communities instead of being displayed in museums. White says his ancestors were treated "unjustly" and were pressured to give away items without payment. He claims that his ancestors were told that they must give them up to become 'proper' Christians.
Perhaps the Museum of Civilization will be willing to negotiate with the Tsimshian First Nation on this matter.
For contemporary Northwest Native First Nations art, see the Free Spirit Gallery website.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I already have another customer waiting for Cody to complete this project as there's another possibility of yet another interesting custom piece of Northwest Indian art to be commissioned.
Once he gets the right piece of wood, Cody says that it should take him only three days to finish the custom piece.
Monday, September 17, 2007
For those in the Mississauga and Toronto areas looking for Toastmasters clubs, there is a new club in Mississauga called Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters club. It meets on two Saturday mornings per month so if anybody claims that there is no time during the work week to come out to Toastmasters, there is no more excuse. This Mississauga Toronto public speaking club is a weekend morning club that was formed to meet this very need.
Northwest Native Tribal Masks at Museum of Civilization
Art on Native Indian Canoes
Enjoy the photos!
Friday, September 14, 2007
Some of you may have noticed a hover box where visitors can also sign up for the free monthly newsletter. This hover box is programmed to appear only once per day for each visitor. So if you visit Free Spirit Gallery multiple times on a single day, the hover box will not appear after the first visit.
So if you haven't checked out our numerous articles and videos lately, come visit the website.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Of course, we have a nice selection of Inuit Art Carvings at our online gallery.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
So if you want to give a special gift for someone this holiday season, it's not too early to start shopping. Visit Free Spirit Gallery to find that special piece.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Stephen Phillips, publisher of Native Peoples, printed a public apology to the Hopi people in the latest issue of Native Peoples.
I looked at the paragraph in this mask article about the Hopi katsinas and Hopi katsina masks. In my eyes, the information looked very similar to what is publicly documented about Navajo and Zuni katsinas and katsina masks but then again, the Hopi has a right to voice their opinions on how details of their culture are known.
Free Spirit Gallery does not deal with katsina masks but we do carry Northwest Indian masks.
For our suggested sources of dolls from the southwest region, see Katsina Dolls.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Free Spirit Gallery does not sell Kachina or Katsina dolls but we suggest certain online sources of them. Our gallery focuses on Inuit art and Northwest Indian art.
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
One of these hunters then went up with the anthropologist to a town in Greenland to go on their hunts. It was interesting to see that the hunters from this town in Greenland refuse to use snowmobiles and continued to use dog sled teams reducing the need for gasoline (and money required to buy gas).
I think the title of this one hour special is something like 'Hunters of the Ice' but if you ever see it on your TV listings, definitely check it out as it is very worthwhile and educational.
See Inuit Sculptures at Free Spirit Gallery as well as the many information articles on Inuit Art. Don't forget to sign up for our monthly newsletters and one of the free ebooks you receive is an overview on Inuit art. See the box at the top right of this blog page.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Monday, September 03, 2007
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Orders from within the greater Toronto area will have their artwork delivered in person usually within 48 hours. Customers can also set up appointments so that we can come on site to show pieces of Inuit art, Eskimo art and Northwest Indian art. This way, customers can inspect artwork in person before making final purchase selections.
Visit our webpage on service for Inuit art in the greater Toronto area.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Free Spirit Gallery currently has some awesome masks carved by Cody Mathias.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
This page is to supplement the webpage we already have which identifies good sources of Kachina dolls online.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
One source has both Navajo and Hopi kachinas while the other has Navajo. For more details, see our webpage on Indian Kachina Dolls. We will put up a background information page on Indian kachina dolls soon.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Cody is probaby our most accessible carver for custom artwork at the moment. We have used other master carvers in the past such as Peter Charlie and Gary Baker. However, Peter is extremely difficult to get in touch with as he doesn't own a telephone and Gary seems to be busy with other projects.
Another master carver who has done beautiful artwork for us is Paul Joseph but unfortunately, he seems to have left the world of art for another career.
Therefore, for any custom Northwest Coast Native art, Free Spirit Gallery highly recommends Cody Mathias as the first choice carver for both his master work as well as his accessibility.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
In order to get alerts for the first announcements of these videos, make sure that you are on the monthly newsletter list by filling up the box at the top right of this blog. September's newsletter should be coming out early in the month.
Of course, more recent contemporary Northwest Coast Native American art and Inuit art are available at Free Spirit Gallery.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Of course, we also have Inuit polar bears.
Monday, August 20, 2007
They also get two choices for overseas international shipping, usually one that takes 4 to 8 weeks and a higher cost option that takes 4 to 8 business days. This particular customer was willing to pay for the 4 to 8 business day option and it still saved him money compared to if he bought an original painting like this at a street retail gallery in Vancouver.
At present, there is only one Northwest American Indian art painting left and it is also of a bear. It is a beauty too so check it out.
Friday, August 17, 2007
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Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Hyatt did order one of our polar bears and I'm pretty sure that the lucky recipient of it will be extremely delighted.
Monday, August 13, 2007
One thing I must emphasize here is that if you like a particular art print, you should definitely not hesitate to order it. Don't adopt the attitude that by the time you are ready to buy, it will still be there.
In the case of the Grizzly Bear original painting by Aaron Joseph that has been sitting patiently there at our gallery for a buyer, it was suddenly snapped up over the weekend by a lucky individual in Germany. So if you had your eye on that piece of artwork for some time, it's gone. You can still see it at our Northwest Native American Art Prints video but the chances of ever having that piece hanging on your wall is forever lost.
This is the same with any other of our one of a kind artwork. There are no duplicates in the world of original unique artwork. Once they are sold, they are gone. So please avoid disappointment. If you have your eye on a certain piece, whether an Inuit sculpture, an Northwest Native American art carving, an Inuit art print or a Northwest Native American art print, go ahead and order it without delay in order to secure it. Don't gamble with your time when buying original artwork.