Framed Art Card - Summer's Dance (9" x 12")
Artist: Andy Everson
One can often hear a hummingbird before they can see it. It approaches with a low hum, its wings beating more than fifty times per second. Witnessing hummingbirds in action is always a magnificent sight. They hover and move gracefully from flower to flower, feeding from its sweet nectar. Their iridescent feathers glisten in the sunlight, enchanting and mesmerizing the viewer. To me, the image of a “Summer’s Dance” comes to mind.
According to my grandmother, the Kwakwaka’wakw believe that Hummingbirds bring a person luck. Specifically, she said that if one were to find a hummingbird’s nest, their luck would increase significantly. Personally, I feel that just watching a hummingbird is itself a lucky experience. I try to portray this magical encounter in “Summer’s Dance.”
About The Artist
Andy Everson was born in Comox B.C. in 1972 and named Nagedzi after his grandfather, Chief Andy Frank. His cultural interests lay with both his Comox and Kwakwaka'wakw ancestries and are expressed through dancing, singing, and even the pursuit of a Master's degree in anthropology. Andy feels that my artwork stands on par with these other accomplishments.
Although he began drawing Northwest Coast art at an early age, his first serious attempt wasn't until 1990 when He started designing and painting chilkat-style blankets for use in potlatch dancing. From these early self-taught lessons he has tried to follow in the footsteps of m Kwakiutl relatives in creating bold and unique representations that remain rooted in the age-old traditions of his ancestors.