Kewistep, Stephanie



 Sauteaux Soto

History: Stephanie Kewistep was born November 1, 1966 on the Yellow Quill Reserve. Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. However, Kewistep’s mother moved to Vancouver when the four children were very young and this has been home. Kewistep did not take up painting until adulthood. Her then-husband is a very talented Haida artist and she was both inspired and mentored by him. Stephanie Kewistep’s work is a synthesis of various traditional Indian art styles – using modified versions of the ovals of the Haida traditions, the flowing lines of the Woodland style – and makes each piece her own.

Artistic philosophy: Stephanie Kewistep will see some wildlife form in its natural setting – birds, frogs, flowers — and then as she says, “do my own interpretation.”

Female Aboriginal artists carving or painting in public are a rare sight. Stephanie Kewistep is one of these artists. Years ago, the owner/curator of the online art gallery, Indian Art From The Edge, Marylee Stephenson, bought two of Stephanie’s pieces from another artist. But Stephenson couldn’t connect with Kewistep directly, so she started asking other street artists who Stephanie Kewistep was and where she might be – with no success. Then just a few weeks ago, as Stephenson was walking in the Downtown Eastside, to meet one of the Indian Art carvers – she saw Kewistep sitting on a bench beside him, creating a beautiful picture of a hummingbird. She had just completed a small portrait of a loon, the bird that our “loonie” coin is named after. It was snapped up for the gallery.

Stephanie Kewistep trained under the supervision of Heiltsuk artist Ben Houstie and Northern Tutchone artist Richard Shorty. She has been working for over eleven years producing original paintings, limited edition prints, drums, paddles, and t-shirts. Her artwork has been shown in galleries throughout British Columbia, as well as in private collections and various organizations in a world wide market. Danika Naccarella

Danika was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1997.   She moved to the remote community of Bella Coola in 2009 where she was exposed to the Nuxalk Culture.  Attending Acwsalcta School for her high school years, she studied and learned Nuxalk culture, including the songs, dances and art of the Nuxalk Nation.  Danika is now an avid painter of Northwest Coast art, mostly in acrylic mediums.  

In 2013 Danika attended the Emily Carr University of Art & Design, participating in a “Summer Institute for Teens” taking the Aboriginal Arts Pre-University 4 week program.   At the end of the program they had an art exhibition where all the other students

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