Su-gigyet is a collaborative art project between Tahltan/Tlingit/Ts'msyen artist Stan Bevan, wood artists Roderick Brown of Cohowood and Mike Sorochan, of Sorochan Wood and Metal.
All three artists have decades of experience and are working together to create an impactful and meaningful art installation that brings people together in celebration of salmon and place.
Stan Bevan (b. 1961) is master carver and internationally recognized Northwest Coast Artist known for his innovative design and impeccable attention to detail. The nephew of acclaimed Tahltan-Tlingit master carver Dempsey Bob, Stan was born to a Tahltan-Tlingit mother and Ts’msyen father, Sm-oogyet Sha-gann Mel Bevan (1941-2023). He has studied under master carver Dempsey Bob with whom he helped found Canada’s first school of fine art dedicated to Northwest Coast Art – the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art at Coast Mountain College in Terrace, BC.
Stan’s carvings can be found in major public, private, and corporate collections. He has led important modern day totem pole carvings and raisings including the totem pole outside Wii Gyemsiga Siwilaawksat, the new student housing building on the Terrace campus of Coast Mountain College. On Sept. 30, 2022, the Kermode Friendship Society raised another one of the poles led by Bevan, honouring Indian Residential School Survivors. In 2023, Bevan, along with Master Carvers Dempsey Bob (Tahltan-Tlingit) and New Zealand-based artist Lyonel Grant (Māori and Pakeha) raised the Pacific Song of the Ancestors totem pole.
Mike Sorochan is a Terrace-based wood & metal artist who has nearly 20 years' experience creating public installations from functional public infrastructure to art installations and high profile wood and metal signage. His background is rooted in construction and decades of experience making unique wood and metal art pieces.
MIke lives with his family on Ts'msyen territory in the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, just outside Terrace city limits.
Wood sculptor Roderick Brown lives with his family in the Skeena River valley of Northwestern BC. He is an internationally collected artist who has exhibited his work in several group and solo shows. His work is represented in galleries throughout western North America including Mountainside Gallery in Terrace, BC, The Studio Gallery in Three Forks, MT and the Ice-House gallery in Prince Rupert, BC.
He has also contributed to numerous public art pieces in the Terrace area including painting murals and creating public art pieces such as The Snowboarder, located on the corner of Hwy 16 and Eby St. in Terrace, right in front of the office for the My Mountain Co-op/Shames Mountain ski hill.
We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport and the Destination Development Fund.