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312 Water Street
Vancouver BC
Canada V6B 1B6

P: 604.684.9222
332 Water Street, Unit 200
Vancouver, BC V6B 1B6

Open Daily 10:00am - 6:00pm
Extended Hours 10:00am - 7:00pm (April 15 - October 15)
After hours: Open by appointment only

Closed: Christmas Day; Boxing Day; New Year's Day

Near Skytrain station - Waterfront

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Inuit carvings produced in Nunavut, Nunavik, Labrador and the Baffin Islands are carved from various stone, weathered and fossilized whalebone, ivory and antler located within the Canadian Arctic region.

The most widely known medium is Soapstone or Steatite, as well as Serpentine which has a silky feel to the touch and a lustrous sheen when polished.  Soapstone varies in colour and markings from a soft medium grey to black to various shades of green. Serpentine forms in shades of olive green, yellow or golden, brown or black with tiny translucent crystals. 

Basalt is a dark grey or black stone found in the Keewatin River Basin of the Canadian Arctic is called Basalt (pronounced bæsɔːlt/). It is a common extrusive volcanic rock. It is usually grey to black and fine-grained due to rapid cooling of lava at the surface of a planet. It may be porphyritic containing larger crystals in a fine matrix, or vesicular, or frothy scoria.

Due to the Balsalt’s hardness it is more difficult to penetrate the stone and exude a great amount of detail in comparison to the Serpentine stone found along coastal communities. The solidity of this bulky medium allows the forms to be often simple in design, accepting only fine detail. The artists’ talent is affirmed when considering how personality and expression is infused into a figure, which can be derived from a single delicate line or marking. 

Stone is the most versatile carving materials available since it can be worked to almost any shape and size. Carvers initially rough out the block of carving stone with axes, hammers or saws. Then files, rasps, steel wool and sandpaper are used for fine work and finishing, while penknives or nails may be used for detailed incising.

The subject matter reflects the artist's deep connection to the hauntingly beautiful Arctic land and its landscape, flora and fauna. Over time, regional styles have developed depending on the local stone and on prominent carvers who have left a lasting influence on their community.

To protect the artists and their work, the Canadian government has registered the Igloo symbol as a trademark and each piece at Coastal Peoples Gallery has the Igloo tag to ensure its authenticity.

During 2010 Olympic Games, Coastal Peoples Gallery was pleased to present the 'Vancouver 2010 Official Inukshuk'.  Part of the proceeds of the Inukshuk went towards the Aboriginal Youth Legacy Fund.

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