Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Gold Native Indian Artwork Stolen From Museum

Sometime late on Friday night May 23, thieves broke into the Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia in Vancouver and stole artwork including about $2 million dollars worth of gold native Indian pieces created by the late Bill Reid. Bill Reid was one of Canada's most celebrated artists with important pieces on display at the Vancouver International airport, Canadian embassy in Washington and even the artwork on Canada's $20 bill. It was realized that these pieces were missing early on the Saturday morning.

The thieves also took some Mexican gold plated pieces in addition to the Native Indian artwork that is prominently displayed at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Officials stated that this theft may have been the work of some collector who knew what he wanted and was willing to turn to crime to get what he wanted.

Inuit Hunter With Arctic Seal Sculpture

Here's a rare Inuit hunter with a seal under the Arctic ice sculpture. This type of Inuit hunting scene is very difficult to carve and takes a great deal of skill from the carver. This particular piece is among our new arrivals of Inuit art this month. You can see details of this Inuit hunter by clicking on the image below.

inuit hunter seal sculptures art hunting arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Caribou Antler Bird Carving Eskimo Art

Sometimes rather than stone, other materials for Eskimo art are used. Caribou antler is often plentiful in the Arctic region so as a result, it is also used in producing Eskimo art. Here is one of the latest pieces that came into our online Eskimo art gallery. It is a bird carving made entirely of caribou antler. Check out more details at Eskimo art bird carving.

eskimo art bird carvings

Monday, May 26, 2008

Finally Some New Muskox Inuit Carvings

We haven't had any muskox Inuit carvings in stock for a long time but finally got some in last week. Although the two that we got in are relatively small pieces, they are very unique and cute. Both are selling for under $150 which is almost unheard of for muskox Inuit carvings! Check them out at Muskox Inuit Carvings.

muskox inuit carvings

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Arctic Fish Carvings From The Inuit

Among some of the new Inuit art we brought in last week are two nice Arctic fish carvings. These have great detail and are from the Nunavik (Arctic Quebec) region. Check out these two carvings as well as others by clicking the image below.

arctic fish carvings inuit art

Friday, May 23, 2008

New Inuit Inukshuk Carvings

Inuit inukshuk carvings have been selling well lately so we managed to bring in a few more new ones. You can see these new inukshuk carvings at our website including a special one with a bird on top.

inuit inukshuk carvings

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Reduced Prices on Inuit Art Sculptures

In order to make room for new Inuit art pieces that will be arriving in the near future, I reduced prices on many of the
current Inuit art pieces, especially those that have been in the gallery for awhile. Here are some of the 'specials';

Standing Polar Bear was $675, now $595

Polar Bear was $595, now $495

Another Polar Bear was $595, now $495

Polar Bear was $240, now $225

Handstanding Bear was $195, now $175

Kneeling Drum Dancer was $850, now $695

Seal was $90, now $75

Seal was $120, now $95

Arctic Fish was $160, now $130

Ivory Seal Broach was $75, now $50

Arctic Bird was $160, now $145

and one of our Northwest Native carvings was also reduced;

24 inch Bald Eagle carving was $175, now $150

Previously, most pieces under $100 required a shipping charge.
Now, ALL pieces shipped to North American destinations whether
under or over $100 will be FREE.

So have some fun browsing and I hope either you or your friends
could take advantage of these reduced prices.


Free Spirit Gallery

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Changed Contact Form For Native Art Gallery

We have changed the contact form for our native art gallery website. We have been getting too much spam even with the use of a contact form so we have switched to a different one that utilizes a simple math question in order to reduce spam. So everything works just fine now if you wish to contact our native art gallery.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Inuit Art Gallery Website Updated

We finally got replacement software to manage our Inuit art gallery website again after having our computer system die on us after a power outtage last week. So everything is up to date including the current Inuit sculptures and Native Canadian aboriginal carvings in stock.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Update On Recent Sold Native Inuit Artwork

Since we are still not able to update our native art gallery website due to computer problems this week, the following pieces have been sold;

dancing polar bear - ibe-60
inukshuk with seal - iin-46
inukshuk - iin-58

They will still show up on our online art gallery website for now. Once we get access to out website software, we will remove them from the gallery right away.

Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, please enjoy all the artwork, information articles and videos on the site.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Will Have Delays Updating Website This Week

Our office computer was fried over the weekend due to a power outtage. Our website software was on it. Fortunately, we backed up all important files to an external device but we still don't have access to our website management software yet. Normally, we remove items from our Native American Art Gallery as soon as they have been sold but we will not be able to do that this week until we get back our website software in place on a new computer. Sorry for the inconvenience but despite our computer issues, we are still able to access orders and ship artwork out as usual. We have been doing that so far this week. So keep visiting our website.

Friday, May 09, 2008

Extremely Rare Marbled Murrelet Bird Native Art Wood Carving

The marbled murrelet is a small seabird in the Pacific northwest coastal region that is facing endangered status because of overlogging. A customer wanted to get a Northwest native art wood carving of such a bird so Free Spirit Gallery commissioned master carver Cody Mathias to produce one.

We sent Cody some photos of the marbled murrelet and he designed a Northwest Native art version. Although the progress of the project was slow for various reasons, like other custom commissioned art projects, the results were worth waiting for.

The customer will use this unique and one of a kind Northwest Native art wood carving of a marbled murrelet bird as a college graduation gift for her son. The rest of us can see what this wonderful bird wood carving looks like at page 2 of our Custom Designed Native Art pages.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Inuit Drawings Paintings On Display

Some photos were taken and they are just being edited right now for an upcoming article at the Free Spirit Gallery website. More than likely, these will be part of the first articles of Inuit art to come out next month. They will be announced in the June newsletter. Sign up for our free monthly gallery newsletter at the boxes in the top right of this blog so you can get the latest news quickly. You can see the previous editions at our native art gallery newsletter archive.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

More Inuit Art Culture Videos To Come

Most of the new videos we have produced in the 12 months have been of Native American art and culture due to the type of events we have attended. However, this will change in the future since we took lots of video footage of Inuit art.  We are due for more Inuit art content since our Inuit Art Culture Videos section is pretty slim compared to its counterpart in Native American. Having said that, there is presently some interesting videos in our Inuit Art Culture Videos section.

We will start editing some of the video footage we took and plan to release the first videos of the in June. This of course will be announced in our June gallery newsletter so if make sure that you are on our list by signing up at the top right of this blog page.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

White Stone Inuit Sculptures

The partnership that we have with Gallery Canada is working out quite nicely. Gallery Canada focuses on white stone Inuit sculptures since they source their artwork from a region where there is an abundant supply of white stone. Free Spirit Gallery doesn't really deal with such pieces so if customers do not see anything they like at our Inuit Sculptures section, they can simply click on links that send them over to Gallery Canada's site.

Monday, May 05, 2008

Spread Wing Native Bird Wood Carvings All Sold Out

You might recall that a few months ago, master carver Paul Joseph sent us several of his unique spread wing native bird wood carvings including eagles, ravens and thunderbirds. The very last one which was a thunderbird, was sold last week. These spread wing bird carvings are very rare and I don't know when we will get anymore from Paul. In fact, all of our Paul Joseph native wood carvings are gone but we still have some nice pieces left by Cody Mathias and Gary Baker. See them at our Native Wood Carvings section.

Friday, May 02, 2008

More Pacific Northwest Aboriginal Art On Its Way

It's just been confirmed that more Pacific Northwest aboriginal art is on its way to our online art gallery. Master carver Cody Mathias has created several new carvings for us including some new wolves which we never had before. So this should be very interesting. He also completed one of our custom art projects for a customer and details of that piece will be available for sharing soon.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Not Much Northwest Indian Art Left

Our Northwest Indian art has been selling well and there's not much left at our online art gallery. Several wood carvings and one nice Northwest Indian art print. But we hope to get a few more pieces in from master carver Cody Mathias sometime this month. So stay tuned. In any case, you might want to check out what we have left before they are all gone.