Artist Raphael Silver works on a “house post” that was commissioned by the Abbotsford Arts Council to be placed at Kariton Art Gallery last year.

Artist Raphael Silver works on a “house post” that was commissioned by the Abbotsford Arts Council to be placed at Kariton Art Gallery last year.

New exhibit showcases art of Silver family of Abbotsford

Show opens Saturday, June 2 at Kariton Art Gallery

The Silver family of Abbotsford has partnered with the Kariton Art Gallery to exhibit a diverse and in-depth look into the art of the Sumas Nation.

The Abbotsford Arts Council presents their collection of works, called A Walk in the Cedars, at the Kariton Art Gallery (2387 Ware St.) from Saturday, June 2 to Tuesday, July 3.

The exhibit showcases carvings, paintings and weavings done by well-known local artist Raphael Silver and four generations of his family.

An opening reception takes place Saturday, June 2 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Traditionally named Xéy:Téleq, Raphael is a member of the Sumas First Nations in Abbotsford.

He has been an artist since the age of five, and has experimented with many mediums such as acrylic, paper, metal, glass, brick and wood.

Raphael has actively been creating art for the community since the age of 11. The Mountain Elementary School logo was his design and is still used today.

Raphael has created countless artworks for Yale Secondary, Dormick Park Elementary School, the Aboriginal Education Department, St. Mary’s Memorial House in Mission and many more.

He also worked in collaboration with the Abbotsford Arts Council to create the Canada 150 house post that stands in front of the Kariton Art Gallery today.