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Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd Launch Book at One-Day-Only Vancouver Art Show

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 1:38pm

Raven Brings the Light Cover

Roy Henry Vickers, one of Canada’s most-lauded artists, is unveiling his largest-ever collection of new prints at a public gallery and storytelling event on Saturday, April 6, 2013, from 10:30am to 4pm, at Vancouver’s iconic Waterfall Building. The introduction and storytelling will begin at 11am.

The creations on display were inspired by Raven Brings the Light—a highly-anticipated book co-authored by Robert Budd—telling the legend of how Raven brought light to the world. Advance copies of the books will be available at the launch.

“This story belongs to the people of the Northwest Coast, where it has been passed from generation to generation for thousands of years,” said Vickers. “It is a great joy for me to share it in a new way. I hope through this story, thousands more will discover and understand this important piece of our culture.”

With Raven Brings the Light, Vickers tells a version of this Northwest Coast legend that originated with Chester Bolton, Chief of the Ravens, who told it to Vickers in Kitkatla in 1975. Vickers has since told the story to thousands of eager listeners.

One such listener is historian and co-author Robert Budd, who first started working with Vickers to document his memoirs. Budd has built a career on sharing stories. His first book, Voices of British Columbia, quickly became a bestseller. During lengthy discussions for the artists memoir, the current project was born.

“In essence, my work as a documenter and author is to sustain important stories from individuals and cultures,” said Budd. “When Roy first told me the story of Raven Brings the Light, I knew it was something special that needed to be shared. I feel deeply honoured to help further this tale and help bring it to new life through Roy’s striking art.”